The Rupert Report
From the Desk of AIANTA's CEO
September 20, 2021
First Americans Museum, Oklahoma City (Plains Region)
AIANTA Highlights for the Coming Week
AIANTA Town Hall Series: Tourism Marketing Initiatives for 2022 and Beyond
September 29; 1 p.m. MDT
As AIANTA enters its new fiscal year, the association is rolling out an exciting series of new partner opportunities. Joining AIANTA’s already established partnerships with the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, the Lewis & Clark National Trail and the Native American Agriculture Fund, we will also be celebrating 250 (and more) years of Native American history in conjunction with America250 Partnership. Additionally, we’re rolling out a new collaboration with Leave No Trace, an organization that strives to minimize travelers’ impact on the destinations they visit. AIANTA encourages everyone to join this interactive discussion of our partnership programs and how they can lead to greater prosperity for tribal communities.

Webinar: Planning for Cultural Tourism
September 27; 10 am - 11:30 pm MDT
In 2008, Akwesasne leaders built their “Sharing the Spirit” initiative, which eventually paved the way for the formalized Akwesasne Cultural Tourism Strategic Action Plan. Today, implementation of the plan has led to a new tourism website,, elevated tourism training for Akwesasne artisans, and increased awareness of Akwesasne culture and heritage. Join Penny Peters, Tourism Industry Development Manager, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, in discussing how the strategic plan was conceptualized and how it continues to guide Akwesasne’s tourism planning.

Congrats First Americans Museum
Oklahoma City (Oklahoma Region)
After much anticipation, the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City is finally open! They celebrated the Grand Opening of the brand new center this past Saturday and Sunday.

The Museum showcases state-of-the-art exhibitions in; live public and educational programs; a full-service restaurant and an express café presenting unique Native-inspired cuisine; and a museum store featuring authentic, hand-made items or products by First American artists.

Now Hiring: AIANTA is Seeking Partner Program Coordinator
Deadline to apply: October 8; 5 p.m. MDT
This position is responsible for ensuring the success of a pilot program to implement outreach and engagement efforts and to implement the coordination and hosting of a virtual and in-person event with tribal organizations and federal partner(s) fostering positive relations and advance the interests of tribal tourism in relation to public lands. To be successful in this role, you will bring excellent communication, administrative, and technical skills as well as the ability to interface professionally with partners. This position will work with and report to the Program Development Director.

AIANTA Seeks New Members for Board of Directors
Due to regular term expirations and an internal redistribution of AIANTA’s regions, the association is looking to fill nine vacant leadership positions. AIANTA’s Nominating Committee is leading the recruitment, with Mary Goddard, the Board’s Southeast Alaska Representative, as Chair of the Committee.

(See you later, Northern Paiute)

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