The Rupert Report
From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO
May 24, 2021
Veterans bringing in the flags at the Stewart Father’s Day Powwow.
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.

International Shipments, Payments & Protecting Your Brand: A Webinar for Rural and Native Firms
May 26, 2021; 12 p.m. PST
Webinar presented by the U.S. Commercial Service in association with AIANTA.

Town Hall: Report + What's Coming Up
In the first Town Hall series session, Board President Emerson Vallo and I shared the results of AIANTA’s State of Tourism Industry Survey for 2021. We also introduced two possible concepts for re-zoning AIANTA’s designated national tourism regions. This rezoning is critical to AIANTA members, as it will ultimately affect how AIANTA populates its Board of Directors.

The full report of this session is available now.

P.S. Save the date for the next Town Hall Series session on June 30, 2021; 1 p.m. MDT
Memorial Day
May 31, 2021
Memorial Day is next Monday May 31, and I would like to take this moment to honor all of the fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

I would also like to mention that The National Museum of the American Indian has re-opened and the National Native American Veterans Memorial, Honoring the Military Service of Native Veterans can now be visited 24 hours a day in Washington D.C.

Reminder to Support Testimony Before Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
May 24, 2021
We are still collecting written challenges and solutions from tribal nations, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native communities and all indigenous-owned businesses that support tourism and hospitality activities. Submit the Impact of COVID-19 on your Native-owned business or your Tribe.

To submit your own findings, please contact Hannah Peterson by May 24, 2021.

MHA Interpretive Center
I am so excited to congratulate the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation on the opening of the MHA Interpretive Center. This project has been in the works for more than 20 years and it is finally ready! Visit the center open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday and indulge in the culture of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.

(See you later, Northern Paiute)

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

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