The Rupert Report

From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO | May 16, 2022

CEO Sherry Rupert pictured with AIANTA Vice President Travis Owens

AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week

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AIANTA's Oklahoma Regional Meeting

Congratulations to the New AIANTA Oklahoma Region for holding their first Regional Meeting at the First Americans Museum (FAM) in Oklahoma City, OK. CEO Sherry Rupert and Education Manager, Bianca Mitchell were pleased to be able to participate. Thank you AIANTA Vice President Travis Owens/Oklahoma Region for hosting the meeting, and thank you to all the Tribal Representatives who attended both in person and online! See more images from my trip on Facebook.


New Tribal Row Booth for IPW

Next month, AIANTA and partners will be traveling to IPW with a new Tribal Row booth design. The new backdrop features images from different regions throughout the country.

Thank you to our IPW partners for contributing images:

  • Nez Perce Tourism, LLC
  • Akwesasne Travel-Saint Regis Mohawk
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Tse Bighanilini Tours
  • Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours
  • We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort

Congratulations Class of 2022

Congratulations to all the Native graduates across the country. Working toward and receiving a degree is no easy feat and shows dedication and tenacity. It’s one of the hardest things a student will ever do, but it is a rich reward given all the sacrifices.


At AIANTA, education is the very heartbeat of our work and each year we are proud to offer the Tourism & Hospitality Scholarship. This scholarship provides American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students with financial assistance towards a degree or certificate in hospitality, tourism, recreation, culinary arts or related fields.

Learn more about the Scholarship

Sponsor AITC 2022

Extend your visibility by sponsoring the 24th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference, the only national conference dedicated to travel and tourism in Indian Country.

A conference sponsorship helps AIANTA augment its hands-on programming at this annual gathering while providing you and/or your organization with increased exposure through our conference marketing.

Learn More

Upcoming AIANTA Webinars

Connecting Health and Healing with Tourism

June 7, 2022; 10 a.m. (Mountain)

In this webinar, learn how the plant-based Next Evolution coffee shop, owned by tribal citizen Andrea Martinez, incorporates Indigenous learnings and a people-over-profit philosophy in its business model. 

Webinar Series

Upcoming AIANTA Town Hall

AIANTA Town Hall: A Taste of Indian Country

June 29, 2022; 1 p.m. (Mountain)

Native peoples have hosted visitors for hundreds of years, sharing culture and culinary traditions that vary from tribe to tribe. As today’s travelers look to explore cultures different than their own, agritourism and culinary tourism are rapidly growing trends in the hospitality industry.

In the latest Town Hall, Native partners will learn more about AIANTA’s agritourism marketing efforts while also being given the opportunity to share their own challenges and questions with respect to starting or expanding an agritourism program. To learn more about Native partners in agritourism, download AIANTA’s Case Studies in Tribal Agritourism.

Town Hall Series
(See you later, Northern Paiute)

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