What's New at AIANTA
Director's Corner: Back to School But Not Too Early to Plan Your Next Vacation Day
According to a report by U.S. Travel, Americans left behind 768 million vacation days last year--a number that is climbing. 

If Americans used their days off to travel, it would result in $151.5 billion in additional travel spending and nearly 2 million American jobs.

American Indian Tourism Conference Agenda
View the full Agenda for the 21st Annual American Indian Tourism Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sept. 16-19, 2019.

Words of Welcome
We want to be able to extend a warm welcome to attendees at the upcoming American Indian Tourism Conference in as many languages as possible.

Native Art Show at AITC
Artisans at the American Indian Tourism Conference Native Art Show include award-winning craftspeople, many of which are featured in the nation’s top galleries and museums.

Tribal Opportunities
Enroll Now: Cultural Heritage Tourism Certificate Program
E xplore the fundamentals of Tribal tourism planning with the Cultural Heritage Tourism Certificate Program offered by AIANTA in partnership with the George Washington University.

Designed to be flexible and meet the needs of busy individuals interested in professional development, the Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Tourism program is comprised of six modules scheduled over seven weeks, with a one-week break midway through the program. 

Why Attend AITC
The annual American Indian Tourism Conference, the only national conference dedicated to travel and tourism in Indian Country, connects tribal leaders and tourism enterprises with tourism and hospitality professionals to help grow tourism in tribal communities throughout the United States.

Upcoming Industry Events
Travel Marketing Outlook Forum 2019
Oct. 7 - 9, 2019 
The industry’s leading strategic travel forecast conference combines industry networking and quality educational programming.
Host: Travel and Tourism Research Association
Location: Bethesda Hyatt Regency Hotel; Bethesda, Maryland
More Information: ttra.com/mof/2019mof

NCAI 2019 Annual Convention & Marketplace
Oct. 20 - 25, 2019
NCAI members gain valuable resources by sharing best practices, emerging models, national dialogues, local and regional discussions and consensus-building resolutions which guide the association's advocacy work.
Host: National Congress of American Indians
Location: Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
More Information: ncai.org

Travel Exchange (National Tour Association)
Dec. 8–12, 2019
Packaged-travel professionals gather to build itineraries, relationships and industry knowledge.
Host: National Tour Association
Location: Fort Worth Convention Center; Fort Worth, Texas
More Information: NTAtravelexchange.com

Discover Native America
Annual Blooming of the Dogwood Pow-Wow
Held annually the third weekend of April, the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe's Annual Blooming of the Dogwood Pow-Wow celebrates the Tribe’s recognition by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1965.

The event coincides with the annual blooming time of the Dogwood Trees in the South East. The Dogwood was an important plant for Native Peoples as the bark and leaves were used for various medicines and the wood was used for tools and arrows.

This is the oldest and largest American Indian Powwow in North Carolina and features American Indian arts, crafts, dance, food, history, music, song and more.

Come to Hollister, NC the third weekend of April and enjoy the hospitality and culture of Native America and the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe. // Read More

Monthly Poll
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Mobile Workshops/Visiting New Tribal Destinations
Keynote Speeches
Breakout Panels & Sessions
Native Performances & Entertainers
Exhibitor Trade Show
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In the News
AIANTA in the News
Are Cultural Tours Built on Exploitation?
Cultural tours to communities of color involve many parties: travel advisors, tour operators, service providers, travelers themselves, and more. So who’s responsible for making sure that a trip to an indigenous community or a historically black neighborhood is carried out ethically? // Skift

How to be a good tourist on Native lands
Tips on how to be a good tourist and consider questions to think about before traveling to a tribal area. // Native America Calling

Everyone wants to Instagram the world’s most beautiful canyon. Should they?
A sudden burst of tourism to a photogenic natural wonder is transforming a small town, and a tribe. // Vox

AIANTA Members in the News
Photos: Tribal members and sponsors visit bison herd on the Wind River Reservation
Photos from a visit to the Eastern Shoshone tribal buffalo herd on the Wind River Reservation Sunday morning, // Casper Star-Tribune; See also Wyoming Public Media; U.S. News & World Report

‘Share our culture’: Yurok Tribe to offer canoe tours of Klamath River in 2020
In 2020 the Yurok Tribe will offer Redwood Canoe Adventure Tours along the Klamath River to hghlight the tribe’s relationship with the river and the region as part of an overall economic development vision for the tribe. // Times Standard

More than a viral sensation, the Salmon Cannon could bring the species back to the Upper Columbia after 90 years
The Salmon Cannon, born in the apple fields of Eastern Washington, is a key component of the Colville Confederated Tribes’ plans to reintroduce salmon to the Upper Columbia River and, eventually, the Spokane River.. // Seattle Times

Program connects native master artists with apprentices, keeping culture alive in Lac du Flambeau
Only five Master Builders of traditional Ojibwe birchbark canoes remain in the United States. Two of them are in Lac du Flambeau. // News Watch 12

Burn, scrape and shape: Dugout canoe to be built at Pocumtuck Festival
The first step to creating a mishoon, or dugout canoe, is to find the right tree. That’s exactly what organizers of the 6th annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival have done, and the weekend celebration will highlight a traditional mishoon of the indigenous people of the Northeast on Saturday and Sunday at Unity Park. // Greenfield Recorder

Native American artists collaborate with local tech company
The interactive exhibit lets people design their own, traditional Olla Pot, while teaching them about the meaningful symbols they’re using. ...it has been so well received, even winning several national awards, that they’re now looking for a permanent home for the exhibit. They’re also hoping to add even more pueblos’ designs and native artists’ works to the always-changing art. //  KRQE.com

Cherokee invest in Nikwasi Mound’s future, as preservation efforts pick up steam
An estimated 1,000 years old, 15-foot tall Nikwasi Mound is all that remains of a once major, 100-acre Indian village displaced by modern-day Franklin. Historians say the mound served as both villagers’ meeting place and sacred site. // Citizen Times

Indigenous people from around the US keep tradition alive at Mandaree powwow
For the people of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation on the Fort Berthold Reservation in northwest North Dakota, rodeos are a long-time custom. // Williston Herald

Soboleff building gets gold for being green
Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Building was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold rating by the United States Green Building Council // Juneau Empire
10 Native Americans win scholarships
As part of the Friends of Hubbell program, 10 Native Americans students from the Four Corners have been awarded scholarships for the 2019—20 academic year from the proceeds of its semi-annual auctions held in Gallup. // Albuquerque Journal

Has your tribal or tribal tourism enterprise been featured in the news?  Please let us know.

New AIANTA Members
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Mille Lacs Reservation is located in east central Minnesota and is the perpetual home of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. The Mille Lacs Band hosts several Pow Wow’s throughout the summer and visitors are encouraged to attend. Go fishing on the pristine waters of Mille Lacs Lake, a known trophy fishery, and enjoy water sports at Eddy’s Resort with its marina, bar and grill, rooms and cabins. The Mille Lacs Band offers several other great accommodation options: the Grand Casino Hinckley Casino and the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Resorts, two of the largest entertainment destinations in Minnesota, with great dining options, the Grand National golf course, Grand Harmony Spa, RV Park and chalets. There is also the Intercontinental St. Paul-Riverfront hotel and nearby Doubletree by Hilton in St. Paul, the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place Hotel in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and the Big Sandy Lodge and Resort north of McGregor, Minnesota. www.millelacsband.com
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
The Red Cliff Reservation wraps around the northernmost point of the Bayfield Peninsula in Wisconsin, along the southern shores of Gichigami (Lake Superior) and adjacent to the Apostle Islands archipelago. Known for its red cliffs along the shores of Gitchigami, Red Cliff offers visitors a variety of unique sites and experiences, including the Legendary Waters Resort & Casino, two Campgrounds (Buffalo Bay & Point DeTour), a marina, miles of hiking trails (Frog Bay Tribal National Park & the Clayton Creek Trail), fishing, biking, snowshoeing in the winter months and much more! Frog Bay Tribal National Park is the first Tribal National Park in the United States! Enjoy a scenic nature hike in this primordial boreal forest before you reach the pristine sandy beach. Relax at the beach and soak up some sun while taking in views of five of the great Apostle Islands! Experience Red Cliff’s Legendary Waters Resort and Casino Annual Winter Pow Wow in January, Red Cliff Annual Pow-wow in July and Red Cliff Cultural Days in September. Make sure to stop down at the Legendary Waters Resort and Casino to see the history wall that showcases our way of life. Red Cliff also manages a fish hatchery, which is open for public tours. Red Cliff is a year round place to visit when picking a great place to venture to in the future. “Arrive Speechless. Leave a Storyteller!” www.redcliff-nsn.gov
Membership Renewals
Tribal Member
Eastern Shoshone Tribe (Plains)

Tribal Enterprise Member
Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites (Southwest)

Senior Member
Ben Sherman, World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (Plains)
Gary Williams, Organized Village of Kake (Alaska)

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.

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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

American Indian Tourism Conference
Sept. 16-19, 2019
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Host: Cherokee Natioin

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

Go International
Jan. 27-28, 2020
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.

American Indian Tourism Conference
Sept. 14-17, 2020
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Host: We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort/Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Image credits:

Bison: National Wildlife Federation; Sherry L. Rupert, Northern Nevada Business View; Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa; Canoe: Tulalip Tribes; ArtworkL Mitch Battese; Cherokee Nation; Pow Wow: Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe