The Rupert Report

From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO | July 25, 2022

South Dakota
South Dakota

Photo (left): AIANTA CEO, Sherry Rupert presenting at the South Dakota Native Tourism Alliance quarterly meeting.

Photo (right): AIANTA CEO, Sherry Rupert with Alberta Eagle, Director of Operations for the NDN Collective

AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week

Travel to South Dakota

This week the AIANTA team traveled to South Dakota to visit Tribes and tribal organizations along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. While there, AIANTA presented at the quarterly meeting for the South Dakota Native Tourism Alliance. We shared information on our work with the Lewis and Clark project and the importance of developing cultural tourism in their communities. It was a successful week and I hope to grow our relationship with the Tribes for some collective work together in the future!

USDA and AIANTA Webinar: Session 3

August 9, 2022; 10 a.m. (Mountain)

Join AIANTA and USDA Rural Development for the final session of a 3 part webinar series.

The final webinar in the series will explore economic development opportunities with several key USDA agencies and land grant institutions that will discuss resources and insights to empower and inspire Tribal communities to develop agritourism and agriculture related enterprises that are culturally appropriate, sustainable and connected with Mother Earth.

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Professional Certificate Program Registration

There is only 1 month left to register for the Professional Certificate Program in Cultural Heritage Tourism, presented in partnership with AIANTA and the George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies. This course spans over seven weeks and has a one week break to allow for makeup work and/or to attend AITC.

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AITC Silent Auction

During the Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards Gala, the AITC Silent Auction raises funds for AIANTA’s Tourism and Hospitality Scholarship Program, which benefits Native students pursuing post-secondary degrees in Tourism and Hospitality Management and other tourism-related fields. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Ariel Richardson at [email protected] or call (505) 724-3592 to discuss your donation or for more information. 

Auction Item: Argentium Silver Cuff by artist Chris Pruitt

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Last Chance to Submit your Nomination!


Every year, at the AITC Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards Gala and Silent Auction, AIANTA recognizes enterprises and individuals who have made a significant impact on tribal tourism. The award winners demonstrate an outstanding commitment to showcasing authentic culture, history, heritage and/or the arts in the Excellence in Tourism Industry.

The last day to submit a nomination is July 31, 2022.

(See you later, Northern Paiute)

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