The Rupert Report
From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO
June 21, 2021
Spending some time with Master Artist Virgil Marchand, Colville at his shop where he designs and fabricates his spectacular metal sculptures.
AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week
Update from Lewis & Clark Outreach Trip
We have wrapped up the second leg of our trip along the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. We had an amazing time visiting our friends in Idaho and Montana last week and Washington and Oregon the week before, and are so excited about the energy and optimism for future partnerships throughout the region.

The Excitement of Indian Relay Horse Racing
Tuesday, June 22, 2021; 10 a.m. MDT
As one of America’s oldest-known sporting competitions, Indian Relay dates back more than 400 years to when the horse was first re-introduced to the native cultures of the Americas. This exciting extreme sport is currently experiencing a surge in popularity, with tribal nations throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota and beyond hosting relay teams in competitive events around the country. Learn how major sporting events can help boost local economies.

July 19-21, 2021
We’re heading to RES and are thrilled to be sharing all the exciting new tourism projects in Indian Country and how AIANTA can work with you to help you grow your own cultural heritage tourism programming. If you’d like to make an appointment, just hit reply to this email and we’ll contact you about setting up a time to meet. 

Excellence in Tourism Industry Professional Awards
Deadline: July 31, 2021
As our 23rd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) is approaching, so is the deadline to submit your applications for the Excellence in Tourism Industry Professional Awards. The awards honor four categories: Tribal Destination of the Year, Best Cultural Heritage Experience, Excellence in Customer Service, Industry Professional Award. Any AIANTA member in good standing can be nominated for an award. Apply before it's too late!

Thanks to our AITC Sponsors
We would like to extend a warm thank you to Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation, We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, Caesar's Entertainment, Arizona Office of Tourism and all our sponsors who have pledged their support of the American Indian Tourism Conference.

There is still time to join the conference as a sponsor. As the first in-person gathering in nearly two years of the Indigenous hospitality industry, this conference promises to be a lively reunion and energizing idea-sharing platform, and our sponsors will receive high-level recognition before, during and after the event.

Come reimagine, re-emerge and reunite at our AITC 2021.

(See you later, Northern Paiute)

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