The Rupert Report
From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO
May 17, 2021
Behind the scenes of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing last week
AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week
Voices Along the Lewis & Clark Trail
May 25, 2021; 10 a.m. MDT
Celebrated Nez Perce culture bearers, Otis Halfmoon and Allen Pinkham, will share some of the tribal perspectives of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial and how the commemoration continues to drive collaboration and conversations. They will discuss the importance of participating in and presenting tribal voices in the retelling of history and how this can help drive economic growth through cultural heritage tourism.

Case Studies in Tribal Agritourism
Have you already downloaded our FREE educational handbook, Case Studies in Tribal Agritourism. If you’re considering blending your agricultural operations with your tourism programming, you’ll be inspired by the stories of the indigenous farmers, ranchers, food producers and tribal organizations in this guide! 

National Travel and Tourism Office Seeks Feedback on SIAT
The National Travel and Tourism Office, a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, collects and presents international travel data every year through the Survey of International Air Travelers (SIAT). The Department of Commerce is asking for feedback on the importance of this valuable information, including whether the collection of information is “necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency.”

AIANTA uses this information, especially the customized “Visiting American Indian Communities” subset of data, in it’s annual programming analysis. Please take a moment to add your own feedback on the vital importance of this data to Indian Country tourism planning on or before May 17, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. EST.

Artisans & Tourism
There are many different motivations for travelers when choosing their next vacation destination. Some travel for food, some culture or landscape and some for art. According to a study by Americans for the Arts, 35.3 million adults say that an art or cultural heritage-related event influenced their choice of destination, and the arts are the fourth largest driver of decision making when planning a trip.

Read more on how you can make art an important component of your cultural tourism planning.

ATALM Listening Sessions
May 18, 2021
AIANTA will be facilitating the Cultural Tourism Breakout Session for the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (ATALM) Native Artist Summit, which was designed to help establish a structure for helping tribal communities and cultural facilities improve support for Native artists. The Summit will share the needs of Native artists, identify issues, and help develop a prioritized action plan. If you’re interested in learning more about how supporting your artisans can help grow tourism, please join us on May 18.

(See you later, Northern Paiute)

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

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