Volume 1 | December 2018
What's New at AIANTA
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.

Enjoy in-depth training, hands-on learning sessions and discuss topics and trends relevant to Indian Country's tourism industry. New this year, we are adding a mobile workshop to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.

The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is offering a limited supply of scholarships to qualified Tribal Planners interested in attending the  3rd Annual Go International  workshop.

International Outreach
Join AIANTA in building promotions in some of the most important tourism markets around the world.

Be part of the successful outreach programs AIANTA has built promoting Indian Country tourism to key international markets, including the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany. AIANTA is also growing its presence at IPW, the major tourism showcase produced by the U.S. Travel Association. // Read More
More News
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

“Spirit Song” now Available on GoUSA TV
“Spirit Song” – a 22-minute film from Brand USA explores the sounds and songs of Native American sacred places across the United States. // Read More
Tribal Opportunities
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.

The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership
AIANTA has joined forces with the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership (RAP) to ensure tribal voices and stories are included in a new Route 66 navigation app.

Lend Your Voice
Help Revive America’s Scenic Byways Program
Congress is preparing to vote on H.R. Bill 5158, which will direct the Secretary of Transportation to reopen the National Scenic Byways Program to new nominations.

Discover Native America
Wampanoag History & Cape Cod
Thousands of years before the Pilgrims made their first settlements, the Wampanoag Nation and its 69 tribes occupied the coastal area from Provincetown, Massachusetts, to Narragansett Bay, living off the bounty of the coastal waters. Although the tribes were nearly wiped out by disease from European settlers, the Mashpee Wampanoag and Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) persisted and continue to occupy the same coastline as their ancestors.

See & Do

Led by Native American guides, the 1.5-hour Native Plymouth Walking Tour starts at Plymouth Rock and takes you to some of the most famous sites in the town, as well as lesser-known stops.

Native American Holiday Markets
Small Business Saturday may have come and gone, but there’s still plenty of time to stock up on holiday goods while supporting small, local businesses.

AIANTA encourages individuals seeking particularly singular gift ideas to patronize one of the many Native American holiday markets unfolding around the nation during the holiday season.

In the News
AIANTA In the News
Tribal Tourism Growth in U.S. and Canada Prompts Destinations to Dig Deeper
“The NATIVE Act and our work isn’t just about economic development for Indian Country but also our ability to perpetuate Native American cultures through tourism,” said Camille Ferguson.

Key Moments from World Responsible Tourism Day 2018
There are “two topics that the industry most has to address – climate change and overtourism.”

AIANTA Celebrates Native American Heritage Month
“Throughout the nation, Native American Tribes are holding special celebrations in November that honor their culture and history.”

Progress Made In Developing Tourism In Indian Country
Camille Ferguson, the executive director of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, said the U.S. Department of the Interior will inject about $4.5 million into tourism on reservations in coming years.

Tribal Business Journal
AIANTA to Facilitate the NATIVE Act
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) was named as the national facilitator to carry out the 2016 NATIVE Act (Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act).

AIANTA Members in the News
A Native American pow-wow in Wisconsin
The Ho-Chunk Tribe’s ritual gathering is a deeply spiritual event in the heart of ‘America’s Dairyland’ – and definitely not for the benefit of tourists

Oglala-Sioux Tribe Buys 90 Acres on I-90
A little history was made Wednesday when the Oglala Sioux Tribe bought 50 acres along I-90 with an eye on tourism development. The tribe closed on the parcel at the Exit 133 entrance to the Badlands National Park.

Autry Museum Receives $414,101 Grant From San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has awarded the Autry Museum of the American West a generous grant of $414,101, the largest gift the Autry has received from any tribe or Native community.

Nevada Arts, Culture and Heritage Guide Takes Top Honors
The Nevada Arts, Culture and Heritage Guide published by Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs (in partnership with Meredith) has won the top slot in the category of “Launch, New Magazine: Custom / Content Marketing."

Cunard Announces Exciting New Insights Program
Alaska Native Voices along with members of the Huna Tlingit tribe, a group native to Glacier Bay and Icy Strait, will offer lectures and workshops about their history, culture, and storytelling while cruising the Alaskan coastline.

The First Truly American Cuisine is Having a Revival
Driven by the growing number of Native American chefs and their social media followings, Native American cuisine is having a revival. It may be the country’s first truly American cuisine, but in many ways, it’s also its newest.

New AIANTA Members
106 Group
106 Group, founded in 1992 in St. Paul, Minn., is an award-winning firm built on the belief that communities are strongest when they evolve with a rooted sense of their own authentic heritage. For more than 25 years, we have assisted Native American and Indigenous communities in developing innovative ways to document and promote resources and uncover powerful stories. Cultural tourism is meant to sustain and enhance the character of a place for those who live there while also providing a meaningful experience for visitors. We use strategic planning to fulfill the mission, vision, and principles of a cultural tourism program by outlining the implementation, expertise, schedule, and costs that will best achieve key objectives... www.106group.com
BHW1 Advertising
BHW1 Advertising has been collaborating with tribal partners for more than 22 years. We have a trusted record of creating highly successful campaigns, from casino branding and advertising to tribal communication campaigns that help the public understand complex issues and dispel misguided perceptions. And we do it through all media—traditional, digital and social. We are a full-service advertising agency with a dedicated staff. Our BHW1 tribal strategy team is led by Spokane tribal member Jamie Sijohn who brings 20+ years in marketing, PR and communications–from television news to casino and tribal tourism marketing to grassroots public engagement. You have a unique story... www.bhw1.com/tribalgaming
Luxe Pricing
Luxe Pricing has more than 100 years of combined hospitality, gaming, operations, sales, marketing and engineering experience. We take engineering techniques that have been used to solve the world’s toughest problems and apply them to pricing. Our revenue optimization services will help your organization approach pricing using the same methods that are used in rocket science. We present them in a clear and transparent way to all levels of management for maximum revenue optimization. Our consulting services and proprietary software can help grow your business and build a long term, sustainable strategy. We touch many areas of a casino resort operation including revenue management, marketing, player development, casino operations, front desk, and sales. www.luxepricing.com
MacLeod Farley & Associates
MacLeod Farley & Associates works closely with and for Tribal and Indigenous communities to develop cultural-tourism, adventure-tourism and community economic development. We work extensively across Canada (from Labrador to the Yukon, and Akwesasne to Nunavut) and within the US (Alaska and Akwesasne). Our firm is led by partners Rick and Pauline MacLeod Farley; with Pauline having Celtic (Scottish and Irish) ancestry and Rick’s ‘fur trade era roots’ both Celtic- and French-Canadian. Our firm has a special focus on ‘integrated project planning, development and financing’. We have helped secure more than US$50 million in funding for our clients... www.macfar.ca
Pueblo of Sandia
The Pueblo of Sandia is a federally recognized Indian tribe located in central New Mexico and adjacent to Albuquerque, the largest metropolitan area in New Mexico. The reservation covers 22,877 acres on the east side of the Rio Grande Valley. Sandia Pueblo is one of 19 pueblos located throughout New Mexico.

The Sandia people are members of the pre-Columbian Tiwa language group who once dominated the Albuquerque area and their lineage can be traced back to the Aztec civilization who later migrated to the New Mexico region. The present site has been home to the Sandia people, where they have cultivated the land and raised their families, since 1300 AD. The Sandia Mountain provides the source of their spirituality as well as plants, animals and other resources which have been critical to their survival in this desert region. Once the largest pueblo in the area with more than 3000 people, they currently have just under 500 members.

The Pueblo of Sandia owns and operates several thriving enterprises to help create a broad economic base to ensure its financial future as a self-reliant Tribe. The Pueblo of Sandia employs over 2,000 residents of the Albuquerque area including both Indians and Non-Indians. In addition, the Pueblo makes a significant contribution to the state economy in the way of salaries, goods and services purchased. sandiapueblo.nsn.us
Sealaska Heritage Institute
Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to perpetuate and enhance the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Its goal is to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. Sealaska Heritage also conducts social, scientific and public policy research that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artist Committee and a Southeast Regional Language Committee. www.sealaskaheritage.org
Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Mole Lake Band
The Sokaogon (Mole Lake) Chippewa Community is located in Northeastern Wisconsin. It enjoys three beautiful lakes either on or adjacent to the small reservation: Mole Lake, Bishop Lake and Rice Lake, which lies at the headwaters of the Wolf River. The Mole Lake area boasts hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails, hiking and mountain biking trails, ATV/UTV trails and cross-country ski trails. There are more than 800 lakes, 82 trout streams and 400,000 acres of public wilderness land teeming with wildlife in the vicinity. If you are looking for bald eagles, they are easy to spot soaring above Mole Lake and nearby lakes and streams. The Mole Lake Minnows and More provides outdoor gear and a place for sportsmen and women to gather. The Sokaogon Chippewa Community host two annual pow-wow’s each year. The Annual T.R.A.I.L.S. Youth Pow-Wow is held every March and the Annual “Ode-imini-giizis” Strawberry Moon Pow-Wow is held every June... www.sokaogonchippewa.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