What's New at AIANTA
Director's Corner: Coming to a Community Near You
While many people around the country welcome summer as a time for barbecues, get-togethers and family vacations, at AIANTA, summer is the time when we gear up for our American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC), held every September in alternating tribal destinations around the U.S...

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

Support Re-Authorization of Brand USA
AIANTA encourages Tribal enterprises and other interested parties to contact their local elected representatives and weigh in on the importance of Brand USA.

We the People
We queried our tribal partners and other language experts and asked how they say “The People” in their Native languages.

Call for Board Members
AIANTA is currently accepting applications and petitions for representatives from our Pacific, Plains and Southwest regions.

We are also seeking an At-Large representative and a replacement for our vacant Midwest representative position.

Paddle to Lummi
AIANTA congratulates all the tribes and participants in Paddle to Lummi 2019.

Participants and viewers shared so many photos, and we've gathered a collection of our favorites. Check them out in our AIANTA blog.

More News
Experience Oklahoma’s Native American Culture at AITC
When attendees gather in Oklahoma this summer at the only national conference on tribal tourism in the U.S., they will also have the opportunity to explore some of Oklahoma’s most notable tribal tourism destinations.

AIANTA Code of Ethics Pledge
AIANTA asks all members to sign our Code of Ethics Pledge. // Read More

Tribal Opportunities
Nominate Your Destination
In travel, it's the special people we meet and the stand-out places that elevate a journey from average to outstanding.

Please help AIANTA recognize the best and brightest destinations and people in Indian Country tourism.

The deadline has been extended to Friday, August 2.

Nominate your favorite tribal destination, cultural heritage experience or customer service program for consideration in AIANTA's annual "Enough Good People" awards.

Awardees will be honored at a Gala Dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the American Indian Tourism Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Tourism
The Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Tourism, produced by AIANTA in partnership with the George Washington University, is designed to provide tourism entrepreneurs and community leaders with tools to identify assets and develop tourism programs that preserve cultural identity and authenticity.

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.

Previous Enough Good People
Award Winners
Every year, AIANTA recognizes tribal tourism entities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to showcasing authentic culture, history, heritage and/or the arts.

Discover Native America
Santa Fe Indian Market
The Santa Fe Indian Market is the largest and most prestigious juried Native arts show in the world.

Begun in 1922, Indian Market attracts more than 120,000 visitors from all over the world, to buy art directly from roughly 1,000 artists from 200+ federally recognized tribes from the U.S. and Canada.

Music and dance, a native film festival, panel discussions, a curated contemporary art show, Native American clothing contest and haute couture fashion show (pictured) are highlights of the weekend.

Additional events occur in downtown Santa Fe during the week leading up to Market. For many visitors, Indian Market provides a rare opportunity to meet Native artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. Quality and authenticity are the hallmarks of the Santa Fe Indian Market, which is produced every third weekend in August by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), a non-profit organization that promotes Native art and artists. // Read More

In the News
AIANTA in the News
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

Culturally appropriate gift shops
Gift shops are an important source of revenue for cultural centers, museums and other Native-owned destinations. But expectations from the public put buying pressure on gift shops to offer tacky Native-themed items like plastic tomahawks, foreign-made dream catchers and T-shirts with stereotypical graphics. //  Native America Calling ; July 15, 2019

In Wisconsin con gli indiani d’America
(In Wisconsin with the Native Americans)
“…Wisconsin è la terra di undici tribù di nativi d’America, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, St. Croix Band of Chippewa Indians, Oneida Nation, Menominee Indian Tribe, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Bad River Band of LakeSuperior Chippewa, St. Croix Band of Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, solo per citarne alcune…” // Ansa.it

Native American Fam Tour Brings Italian Travel Trade to Wisconsin
Three journalists and two tour operators from Italy experienced the rich culture of Native American communities in Wisconsin – thanks to a four-day familiarization tour across the state. // Brand USA

Viaggio Nelle Terre Dei Nativi Americani: Itinerario Alla Scoperta Delle Tribu del Native Wisconsin
(Travel Into the Land of Native Americans: Itinerary to Discover the Tribes of Native Wisconsin)
Organizzare un viaggio nelle terre dei nativi americani per scoprire ed esplorare ancora un’altra incredibile, sorprendente ed emozionante fetta d’America. // Simona Sacri

AIANTA Members in the News
WEIO brings athletes and artists closer to Alaska Native culture
The World Eskimo Indian Olympics serve as an outlet for more than sports. Art and culture play a prominent role throughout the Games... // KTUU TV

Race series urges Diné to get out, enjoy the land
Due to the strong interest in bike racing, the NavajoYES organization is hosting a new and improved Tour de Rez Race Series. The series includes five stops where road racers and mountain bikers compete for points that add to a total score after the final race in late September. // Navajo Times

‘Let us remain friends’: Chetzemoka Trail offers visitors a trip into the past
[The trail] consists of 18 historical markers, each sharing a portion of the story of the S’Klallam people who called the area home before European settlers arrived in the middle of the 19th century. //  Peninsula Daily News

Osage Congress passes $250K appropriation to design ON Museum expansion
Plans to expand and improve the Osage Nation Museum will move toward the design process after the Sixth ON Congress approved a $250,000 appropriation bill to fund the conceptual design work with the hopes donors will fund its construction later. //  Osage News

VIDEO: Bear takes care of itchy head on Red Cliff trail cam
This trail camera video shows [a bear] taking care of its itchy head in the Frog Bay Tribal National Park. KBJR6.com

NC conservationists work to recover WNC’s native brook trout
Mike LaVoie, natural resources manager for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, said wild brook trout, an important heritage species prized by Cherokee anglers for food and recreation, today occupy less than 10% of their historical range in EBCI waters. //  Associated Press 

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

Membership Renewals
Tribal/Tribal Enterprise
Brown Bear Center, Koniag Regional Corporation
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Discover Salt River, Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community
The Peoples Center, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

106 Group
Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours 
BHW1 Advertising

Nonprofit Organization 
Alaska Native Voices Educational Institute
Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development
Western National Parks Association

Billie Jean Guerrero, Pyramid Lake Museum
Bruce Rettig, Charter Advertising
CJ Brafford, Ute Indian Museum
Lora Ann Chaisson, United Houma Nation 
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

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

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

Image credits:

Canoe:  MrsBrown/Pixabay; Sherry L. Rupert, Northern Nevada Business View; Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa; Indian Summer Festival; Yurok Tribe; Paddle to Lummi // Michelle Robinson, Facebook (with permission); Indian Summer Festival; Puye Cliff Dwellings, Santa Fe Indian Market