AIANTA News | June 2022

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O me’a”kwa: On the Road

Dear Members, Partners and Friends,

I hope this newsletter finds you healthy, happy and eagerly planning for the future.

I am thrilled to be back on the road once again, working in Indian Country. It has been so fulfilling to be able to provide resources and assistance to help tribes be successful in the tourism industry – A true honor.

From attending Visit California’s Board Meeting in San Diego, CA to a pre-familiarization tour of Southern California cultural tourism destinations hosted by Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Then a trip to Las Vegas for the Reservation Economic Summit and finally, Orlando, Florida for IPW, the leading inbound travel trade show in the U.S., where we made valuable contacts with the travel trade media and industry leaders.

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AIANTA Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship

Deadline to Apply: July 15, 2022

AIANTA's Tourism & Hospitality 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. 

Each year, AIANTA awards three individuals:

$1,000 per semester (fall 2022 and spring 2023 semester only). Each student can earn a maximum award of $2,000 per academic school year.

2022 IPW

We're Hiring

Help tribes develop and promote cultural tourism by joining the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association's team.

Information Specialist

Deadline to Apply: June 20, 2022

Education & Visitor Outreach Specialist

Deadline to Apply: June 24, 2022

Request for Proposal

Professional Learning Module Development – Cultural Tourism Training Modules/Toolkits

The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) seeks the services of an accredited academic institution or education consultant(s) to develop five scenario based training modules for use by AIANTA staff at in-person training events.  

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GWU Certificate Program in Cultural Heritage Tourism

Begins Fall 2022 | September 12 – October 30, 2022

Explore the fundamentals of Native tourism planning with the Professional Certificate Program in Cultural Heritage Tourism offered by AIANTA in partnership with the George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies.

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The online program brings together industry experts who help students explore the importance of including authentic Native American cultural experiences in their tourism planning.


More good news...

U.S. lifts Covid testing requirement for international travelers

On June 12, 2022, the Biden administration announced the lifting of the pre-departure testing requirement for inbound air travelers to the U.S. This is a major step forward in welcoming visitors from around the world and accelerating the recovery of the U.S. travel industry.

2022 National Travel and Tourism Strategy

The 2022 National Travel and Tourism Strategy was released on June 6, 2022, by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo on behalf of the Tourism Policy Council (TPC). The new national strategy focuses on promoting the United States as a premier travel destination. The strategy includes Facilitating Travel to and Within the United States, Ensuring Diverse, Inclusive and Accessible Tourism Experiences and Fostering Resilient and Sustainable Travel and Tourism.

Read the strategy and fact sheet here.

24th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference
2022 AITC

Sponsor AITC

Extend your visibility by sponsoring AITC, the only national conference dedicated to travel and tourism in Indian Country. 

Sponsor AITC

Business of Art Workshop

This workshop is designed for artists. It will discuss working with your tribe to promote tourism; pricing and marketing; working with galleries and museums; getting the most from trade shows; working with other artists to develop studio tours; working with museums and hotels to conduct artist demonstrations/trunk shows.

Register here

Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards Gala & Silent Auction

Deadline to Apply: July 31, 2022

Every year, AIANTA recognizes the best of Indian Country travel and tourism at the annual Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards Gala and Silent Auction.

Apply Now

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AIANTA Opportunities

AIANTA Town Hall Series: A Taste of Indian Country

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

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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.

AIANTA and USDA Webinar Series

June through August

Whether you are new to farming and ranching or are an expert, USDA Rural Development and AIANTA have collaborated to identify resources to assist you and your operation. This effort is designed to help Native-owned start-ups and enterprises further develop and expand agriculture and agritourism opportunities in Tribal communities.

Session 2  of 3 – Adding Value to Native Agriculture Products

July 12, 2022; 10 a.m. (Mountain)

Session 3 of 3 – Developing Tribal Tourism Enterprises Based on Native Values

August 9, 2022; 10 a.m. (Mountain)

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On-Demand Webinars

AIANTA and Next Evolution Coffee Shop Webinar:

Developing Culinary Tourism in Rural Communities with a Focus on Healthy Foods

AIANTA and Brand USA:

Working With the International Trade

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Discover Native America

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort/Hotel Cultural Tourism

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Experience the land that the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has called home for thousands of years and learn about the tribal traditions of this land’s native people through the Cultural Tours at the Coeur d’Alene Casino. The tours and learning sessions focus on the history, lifeways, language, traditional arts, song and dance, and storytelling of the Coeur d’Alene people.

Oglala Lakota Living History Village

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The Oglala Lakota Nation, the Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce and their partners have recently introduced the new Oglala Lakota Living History Village. The village serves as an entry point to the beautiful landscapes of Badlands National Park and highlights the past and present culture and indigenous knowledge of Lakota Country. Visitors can hear Lakota voices—Lakota stories told by Lakota people–and begin to understand the movement of the land, and with it, the movement of the people.

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AIANTA in the News

AIANTA Helps Native American Tribes Thrive

Leisure Group Travel, June 8, 2022

AIANTA asks ASU to develop sustainable tourism training curriculum for Indian Country

ASU News, June 13, 2022

Live from RES: Shaping Our Narrative

Native America Calling Podcast, May 25, 2022

AIANTA Membership

Thank You Renewing AIANTA Members

Blackfeet Tribe (Tribe-Rocky Mountain Region)

Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation (Tribe-Pacific Northwest Region)

Oklahoma Historical Society (Nonprofit-Oklahoma Region)

California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (Nonprofit-Central California Region)


AIANTA members are well-informed and play a key role in supporting sustainable and authentic tribal tourism that benefits not only member tribes but all tribes. With your help, we’ll continue to make sure that the right national decision-makers hear your voice—and all our voices—so our people can thrive and grow.
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2022 AITC Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians

Presenting Sponsor

Harrah's Resort Southern California

Choctaw Country

Gold Sponsor

Arizona Office of Tourism

Silver Sponsor

Inn of the Mountain Gods

Bronze Sponsor

Visit Cherokee Nation

Bronze Sponsor

Oneida Nation of Wisconsin

Tribal Team Sponsor

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Klas Robinson QED

Emerging Leader Sponsor

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