The Rupert Report

From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO | July 11, 2022

Photos on left: Helicopter tour over Mt. Rainier.

Photo on right: Riding down the Nisqually River in Washington with Chairman of the Nisqually Tribe, Willie Frank III.

AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week

Opportunities for Indigenous Peoples - Indigenous-Led Tourism Webinar

Join me Thursday, July 14th, for a webinar, co-organized by the White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA) Committee on International Indigenous Issues and the FSC Indigenous Foundation.

During this online event, I will join a panel highlighting the conditions and approaches that have made Indigenous tourism initiatives in the Americas a success economically, socially, culturally and environmentally.

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Take your Native Agriculture Business to new heights!

Join AIANTA and USDA Rural Development for session 2 of a 3 part Webinar Series.

This discussion will focus on adding value to and marketing, the products you are cultivating and harvesting.

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Interested in programs and resources available to assist you in agricultural production and conserving related natural resources?

Watch Session 1: Resources for Native Agriculture Production and Conservation on our YouTube Channel.

AITC Mobile Workshops

This year, the 24th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) will kick off with two unique mobile workshops that highlight the culture of the Rincon Tribe and foster networking opportunities for attendees to share, teach and learn from one another.

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Last Chance to Nominate the Best of Indian Country Tourism

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.

Excellence in Tourism Industry Winner

Any AIANTA member in good standing can be nominated for an award. If the nominee is a non-member, the organization submitting the nomination may sponsor the nominee’s membership.

The deadline to submit your application for the Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards is July 31, 2022.

Earn a Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Tourism!

Registration Deadline: August 22, 2022

AIANTA, in partnership with George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies, is offering a flexible six-week course that can provide you with skills and resources needed to take your tribe's cultural heritage tourism program from start-up to success. 

Course Schedule

  • Intro to Cultural Heritage Tourism
  • Tourism Resilience in Uncertain Times
  • Tourism Planning & Management
  • Community-Based Tourism Product Development
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Workforce Development
Register Today!
(See you later, Northern Paiute)

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