February-March 2020
What's New at AIANTA
AIANTA Board Members Darrell Waldren and Lora Ann Chaisson with CEO Sherry Rupert
in Washington, D.C.
O me'a"kwa
(I’m going to travel over there)
Spring has always been my favorite time of year. It is a time when I think about family and plan for visits and family gatherings in the coming year. However, this spring is different. The Coronavirus has severely distressed the travel and tourism industry. 

The Coronavirus is a fast-moving issue, with information coming out every day. Reactions have varied. Some tribes, like the Oglala Sioux Tribe, have discouraged tourists and religious workers from outside of the reservation traveling there for the time being. The Gathering of Nations, with its economic impact of $20 million to New Mexico, has been postponed. Many Tribes are concerned their health care systems will not be able to answer the demands of this outbreak.
AITC will be held September 14-17, 2020 at the scenic We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort. Registration will be open soon. 
AITC – Call for Speakers
AIANTA produces the only national tourism and hospitality conference for Indian Country. We are scouting new ideas and speakers to present thought-leading and inspiring breakout sessions and to give our attendees the best professional education in Indian Country’s tourism industry.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to speak at the American Indian Tourism Conference, please click here.

Information Gathering Session from 2019 AITC
During the 21st Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC), on September 19, 2019, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association hosted it’s first ever-Information Gathering Session.

Findings from the Information Gathering Session will help shape AIANTA’s technical assistance and training programs for the coming year(s).

AIANTA Opportunities
AIANTA Webinar Series
Find and apply for funding opportunities that support cultural heritage tourism development. Save the date(s) for upcoming AIANTA's Webinar programs.

Administration for Native Americans Project Planning and Development for Cultural Heritage Tourism
April 7, 2020
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Mountain
Join AIANTA on Tribal Row at IPW Las Vegas
Extend your international marketing efforts at a prominent national showcase.

Join AIANTA at our second Tribal Row at IPW Las Vegas, and connect with media and buyers from more than 70 countries around the world.

Booth fees start at just $1,500 (a fraction of what you'd pay if you join IPW on your own), but participation is extremely limited and we are nearly sold out.

AIANTA to begin Site Visits to Tribes along the Anza Trail
AIANTA will be visiting Tribes in Arizona and California to shine a light on key historical moments and historic tribal lands along the Anza Trail. The project will showcase the cultural centers, museums, attractions and activities that are accessible to visitors along some of the most popular roadways in Arizona and California.

AIANTA to Highlight Tribes Along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
In partnership with the National Park Service, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association will work with Tribes to develop cultural heritage content and itineraries for the websites LewisAndClark.travel and NativeAmerica.travel.

Upcoming Industry Events

March 23-26, 2020
San Diego, California (Pacific)

March 31 – April 2, 2020
Sitka, Alaska (Alaska)

May 30-June 3 
Las Vegas, Nevada

June 23-25, 2020
Washington, D.C.
Discover Native America
Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository Information
The past meets the present at the Alutiiq Museum where you can explore 7,500 years of Alutiiq heritage. The museum represents 10 tribes of the Kodiak region in Alaska. The Museum welcomes people of all ages and heritages. Join them for a guided exploration of Alutiiq history, culture and language.

The Museum opened in 1995 to preserve and share Alutiiq stories, revitalize traditions and invite all people to celebrate their culture. They invite you to participate in their programs and events and enjoy their Museum Store.

The Alutiiq Museum is on the first floor of the Alutiiq Center, in the historic heart of downtown Kodiak, Alaska. Visit the Museum at 215 Mission Road, opposite the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church and a short walk from Sargent Park, the Kodiak Historical Society’s Baranov Museum, the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, the Alaska Marine Highway ferry terminal and St. Paul Harbor. // Read More

In the News
AIANTA in the News
Indian Country Tourism Group Praises Chicasaw Cultural Center
AIANTA President praised the design and planning for the Center. He stressed the importance of all tribes establishing facilities like the Chickasaw Cultural Center. Tribal facilities like the Chickasaw Cultural Center, he said, and his own tribe’s Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum, near Albuquerque, have opportunities to serve as examples for other tribes.// Chickasaw Times

Why You Should Visit Indian Country
“It’s the visitor looking for that authentic, off-the-beaten path experience,” she says. “A lot of travelers, their first inkling is to go to the big cities. In Indian Country, we’re smaller, we’re rural, we’re unique, we’re different. And I think that sort of experience is what more people are looking for these days.” Sherry Rupert// AFAR

Tribes Highlighted Along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
A new three-year project, being conducted by The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and The National Park Service (NPS), aims to find and share the stories of the Native American Tribes that intersect with the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. // Native News Online

A Backstage Pass to Top Entertainment Venues in Indian Country
“We are seeing more Native American Tribes derive economic benefits and marketing exposure from their amphitheaters and entertainment venues,” says Sherry L. Rupert, AIANTA’s executive director. “Across the country, Native-owned amphitheaters continue to be highly rated and top the lists for favorite venue locations.” // Native Business Magazine

AIANTA Members in the News
12 Incredible Pow Wows To Experience In The U.S. And Canada
Sioux writer Tim Trudell shares North American pow wows you should try your best to experience. He includes several AIANTA members, including the Puyallup Labor Day Powwow and Winnebago Homecoming Celebration.// Travel Awaits

'Come celebrate with us,' Taos Pueblo commemorates return of sacred land
Taos Pueblo is commemorating the fifty-year anniversary of the return of Blue Lake to the Pueblo. "We are announcing that a celebration for this great accomplishment will take place on September 19, 2020. We encourage everyone to come celebrate with us," said Taos Pueblo Governor Edwin Concha.// Z News

13 things you will want to do for Spring Break
Tulsa World identified 13 things to do during Spring break in Oklahoma. Families looking for educational adventures for children during spring break should consider visiting Cherokee Nation museums. Activities for five museums were given, including basketweaving, beadwork and working with clay.// Tulsa World

Nevada Museum Tells of Forced Native American Assimilation
The campus was listed in 1985 in the National Register of Historic Places. It opened as a museum in December, with plans for a reunion and celebration May 9. Transforming the school to a museum managed by the state of Nevada took at least a decade.// U.S. News & World Report

New USS Arizona memorial opens at Salt River
The Salt River Indian Community became the recipient of the USS Arizona’s original boathouse. Arizona’s Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community unveiled a memorial to the USS Arizona, which was destroyed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.// Channel 12 News

Tribal Resort Becomes First in Calif. to Win Three Forbes’ Four-Star Awards
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage garnered the honors for its exclusive Sunstone Spa, its multi-award winning The Steakhouse, and its luxurious resort hotel. Sunstone Spa has been a Forbes Four-Star winner for several years running.// Native Business

Alutiiq Angyaq Inducted into Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame
The Alaska State Committee on Research honors the creativity, traditional ecological knowledge, and craftsmanship of the Alutiiq/Sugpiaq angyaq and inducts these large open boats into the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame class of 2020.// Alaska Native News

Cherokee Nation to preserve culturally important seeds in Arctic vault
The Cherokee Nation is banking corn, bean and squash seeds in the Arctic “doomsday vault”, The Svalbard seed vault, the world’s most sheltered storage facility, currently holds 992,039 crop seeds from across the world.becoming the first US-based tribe to safeguard culturally emblematic crops for future generations.// The Guardian

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Save the Date
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events

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

Cultural Heritage Certificate Program
Dates: October 5-November 22, 2020
Location: Online
Image credits:

Alaska Native Heritage Center Summer Dance; We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort (c) Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation; NPS Anza Trail Map; Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail; Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository Information