The Rupert Report
From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO
September 27, 2021
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week
Webinar: Planning for Cultural Tourism
September 27; 10 am - 11:30 am MDT
In 2008, Akwesasne leaders built their “Sharing the Spirit” initiative, which eventually paved the way for the formalized Akwesasne Cultural Tourism Strategic Action Plan. Today, implementation of the plan has led to a new tourism website,, elevated tourism training for Akwesasne artisans, and increased awareness of Akwesasne culture and heritage. Join Penny Peters, Travel Industry Development Manager, Raeann Adams, Community Planner, and Gail McDonald, Akwesasne Heritage Complex Project Developer, and the Native American Traveling College in discussing how the strategic plan was conceptualized and how it continues to guide Akwesasne’s tourism planning.

AIANTA Town Hall Series:
Tourism Marketing Initiatives for 2022 and Beyond
September 29; 1 p.m. MDT
As AIANTA enters its new fiscal year, the association is rolling out an exciting series of new partner opportunities. Joining AIANTA’s already established partnerships with the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, the Lewis & Clark National Trail and the Native American Agriculture Fund, we will also be celebrating 250 (and more) years of Native American history in conjunction with America250 Partnership. Additionally, we’re rolling out a new collaboration with Leave No Trace, an organization that strives to minimize travelers’ impact on the destinations they visit. AIANTA encourages everyone to join this interactive discussion of our partnership programs and how they can lead to greater prosperity for tribal communities.

AIANTA Charity Golf Tournament
Early bird registration deadline: September 30
October 24, 2021
11:00 a.m. Registration
12:30 p.m. Shotgun
Awards following play

$125 per player, $500 per foursome
Includes tee gift, golf cart and lunch

Prizes awarded for:
First, second and third place teams;
Closest to the pin - men & ladies
Longest drive - men & ladies

*The 2021 AIANTA Charity Golf Tournament is organized by We-Ko-Pa Golf Club. Proceeds go to support AIANTA programming.

AITC Hotel Early Bird Deadline
We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort
10438 WeKoPa Way
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
Room Rate: $151 plus prevailing local taxes. The local tax rate is 13.92%
Phone: 480-789-5320
Phone: 844-493-5672
Cut-Off Date: Friday, October 8, 2021
Group Name: Mention that you will attend the American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) to receive the group rate.

America250 Advisory Council Roundtable
I'm honored to announce that I've been invited to join the America250 Advisory Council Roundtable as a panelist. Join me and my nine esteemed co-panelists on Sept. 30 as we share what inspired us about America 250's mission and how our councils will jointly create the most inclusive commemoration in history.

America250 is a multiyear effort to commemorate the semiquincentennial, or 250th anniversary, of the United States. The commemoration period began in 2020, culminates on July 4, 2026, and officially concludes in 2027.

(See you later, Northern Paiute)

Sherry L. Rupert, Chief Executive Officer
American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association
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