Volume 2 | January 2019
What's New at AIANTA
2018 In Review: A Snapshot of AIANTA's Year
As we enter January, we can’t help but note that 2018 was an amazing year for the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association as well as a successful year for tourism throughout Indian Country in the United States.

Sharpen Your International Marketing Skills at Go International
Held Jan. 28-29, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the two-day Go International is designed to help tribes, business owners and tourism professionals find success in the international marketplace.

Learn how to create a successful marketing outreach program targeting top international markets to Indian Country.

Please note : Due to the Federal Government Shutdown, the location for Go International has been changed to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

More News
AIANTA Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship
AIANTA is proud to offer the Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship, established to provide 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 who have met all scholarship application criteria. // Read More

AIANTA Selects We-Ko-Pa Resort as Host Site for 22nd Annual AITC
AIANTA will host the American Indian Tourism Conference at the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center near Scottsdale, Arizona in 2020. // Read More

AIANTA is Seeking New Members for its Board of Directors
Help be a part of building partnerships and programs and advocating for Indian Country tourism at local, regional and national levels. // Read More
Tribal Opportunities
Working with the AIANTA Media Department
We’re working hard to raise the profile of Indian Country tourism, and in particular our AIANTA Members.

Learn how members can take advantage of our FREE opportunities that target domestic and international media.

Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership Deadline Extended
Tribes near Route 66 can submit their information and events to be included in a new Route 66 navigation app. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28, 2019.

AIANTA to Develop Tribal Guide to Anza Trail
In partnership with the National Park Service, AIANTA will find and tell the stories of the Southern Arizona and California tribes associated with the historic trail.

Discover Native America
Tour the Everglades
The Miccosukee Tribe has called the Everglades home for hundreds of years and the Seminole Tribe of Florida can trace their history in the area back thousands of years. These two tribes were both well adapted to the area’s unique ecology, using their expert fishing and trapping skills for trade and sustenance. You can learn about these tribes’ unique traditions and rich histories on a daytrip or overnight visit from Miami as you explore the thousands of acres of lush Florida Everglades.

See, Do & Eat

During your visit, satisfy your hunger at Swamp Water Café, which serves up American fare as well as native Seminole delicacies such as catfish, frog legs and gator tail nuggets. // Read More

In the News
AIANTA In the News
Putting the Alaskan Tribe of Chickaloon's Native Village on the Tourist Map
“For a novice like me, the GW program provided a good introduction. I particularly appreciated the cultural focus,” reflected Winnestaffer. “Rather than tourism generally, which is what’s usually available, the courses addressed issues that were of specific relevance to tribes and heritage tourism.” // The George Washington University

Year End Giving: American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association Promotes Cultural Exchange
A gift to AIANTA helps increase the technical support available to Native American-led tourism programs… // Native News Online

Tribal tourism planners: apply for an AIANTA Go International Scholarship
Go International seminar prepares tribes, Native enterprises, and tourism professionals for international marketplace. // Indian Country Today

AIANTA Members in the News
Best Trips for 2019
New Mexico’s Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is one of those off-the-map places that adventurers purposefully seek, not fortuitously find. Book the five-hour Navajo Tours USA Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Adventure for an in-depth look at the area’s landscape, legends, and Navajo culture. // National Geographic Traveler

These Are the Most Exciting Museums Opening in 2019
The state-run Stewart Indian School Museum and Cultural Center will endeavor to tell the stories of these children and the effects the Stewart school had on their lives. The main exhibit will take visitors through the average day of a student attending the school, using iPads to share photos and firsthand accounts. // Smithsonian Magazine

America’s Plains Indians bring back bison to their lands
One of those descendants is Jason Baldes from the Eastern Shoshone tribe. He’s also the executive director of the Wind River Advocacy Center in Fort Washakie, Wyoming. His ancestors’ lives were closely linked to the large mammals. // Deutsche Welle

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Huna Totem to Construct New Alaska Cruise Pier
“We are thrilled to partner with the Huna Totem Corporation to construct a new pier at Icy Strait Point, which will strengthen our presence in the wildly popular Alaska market and provide our guests with a best-in-class experience as they explore the natural beauty and exciting shore excursions of this unique destination,” said Howard Sherman, executive vice president of onboard revenue and destination development of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. // CruiseCritic.com

Traveling Exhibit “Native Voices: New England Tribal Families” Opens At Creative Discovery Museum
By visiting five different communities from northern to southern New England, museum visitors explore Native American traditions and how modern families balance contemporary life with preservation of important cultural identities. // The Chatanoogan

A Place of Decency
Three bald eagles and three golden eagles have been moved from the nonprofit Birds of Prey Northwest site near St. Maries, a temporary home for two years, to [Coeur d’Alene] Tribe’s aviary on tribal land south of De Smet off U.S. 95. // Coeur d'Alene Press

Creating a successful economic future in northern Montana through tourism
As the new director of Aaniiih Nakoda Tours / Discover Fort Belknap, we have much planned and many ideas. That work includes continuing to improve our visitor infrastructure in the Fort Belknap Indian Community. It includes building more recreation opportunities like hiking trails and better promoting the experiences we are known for. Most importantly, it means continuing to build relationships with our neighbors, so we can all promote our region and expand the length of our visitor season. // Indian Country Today

Mille Lacs Indian Trading Post became a lot more than just a trading post
Mille Lacs Indian Trading Post debuted its services as a general store for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in 1918. In future decades, it evolved into a center for local Ojibwe to trade and sell their art and educate visitors about Ojibwe culture. // MinnPost

New AIANTA Members
Jai Lakshman, Native Development Associates, Inc.
Jai Lakshman has more than 25 years of professional experience in organizational leadership, project development and management in the fields of public health, community development, economic development, renewable energy, agriculture, cultural preservation, Native arts and education working in community partnerships throughout the U.S., Central America, Asia, and with Native American Tribes in North America. In 2007 Jai founded Native Development Associates, Inc. (NDA), a project development and management firm specializing in sustainable economic development for Native American Tribes. 
Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino (Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians)
Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino is owned by the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, whose tribal lands once stretched from the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, from the Fresno River to Finegold Creek, and from the Coarsegold Creek to the San Joaquin River. Set in the scenic Sierra Nevada foothills, Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino brings the excitement of a world-class gaming resort to a picturesque location a stone’s throw from Yosemite National Park. With luxurious rooms and amenities, including a dynamic restaurant portfolio, live entertainment, indoor/outdoor heated pool, tranquil spa and 56,000-square-foot casino boasting the latest in winning slots and table games, Chukchansi sets the bar as the region’s premier destination to stay and play. From quick bites to elegant dining experiences, Chukchansi’s culinary variety includes coastal Italian cuisine and decadent Sunday brunch at Nativo’s Restaurant, classic chophouse fare at Vintage Steakhouse, Pan-Asian cuisine at The Noodle Bar, old-fashioned malt shakes at Deuces All-American Diner and all-day breakfast at Goldfields Café. Whether swimming up to the poolside bar, hitting a winning streak at the tables or indulging in a personalized massage, Chukchansi’s exceptional guest services and first-class programming make each moment one-of-a-kind. www.chukchansigold.com
AIANTA Membership
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.

Support AIANTA
AIANTA Membership
A gift to AIANTA helps increase the technical support available to Native American-led tourism programs while also fostering a greater awareness of Indian Country destinations, activities and events.

Save the Date
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events

Go International
Jan. 28-29, 2019
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.

American Indian Tourism Conference
Sept. 16-19, 2019
Location: Tulsa, Okla.

Cultural Heritage Certificate Program
(with the George Washington University)
Sept. 30 - Nov. 17, 2019
Location: Online program