Volume 3 | February 2019
What's New at AIANTA
How Indian Country Says "I Love You"
With 573 federally recognized tribes, Native Hawaiians and even more state-recognized tribes throughout the country–each with their own distinctive cultures and languages – it’s no surprise that there are endless ways to say “I love you!”

Join the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and tribal tourism enterprises from around the country in a shared booth at IPW, the largest international tourism tradeshow in the United States. 

Joining AIANTA will provide tribes and tribal enterprises with a substantial cost savings over attending individually.

HURRY! Booth space is selling out rapidly.

What’s more, AIANTA’s sponsorship package includes opportunities for increased awareness of your tribal enterprise through our PR and marketing efforts.

Save the Date: 21st Annual American Indian Tourism Conference
Save the date for our 21st annual American Indian Tourism Conference, the only national conference dedicated to travel and tourism in Indian Country.

Our next conference is scheduled for September 16-19, 2019, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, and is hosted by Cherokee Nation.

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
Tribal Opportunities
Share Your Opinion on the Future of Tourism
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) has launched its first-ever “State of the Tourism Industry” survey.

Encompassing just 15 questions, survey topics range from regional tourism performance to expectations about tourism revenue to top challenges facing Native American tourism businesses. // Read More

Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership Deadline Extended
Tribes on or near Route 66 are encouraged to submit their their tourism-related destinations and events to be included in a new Route 66 navigation app. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28, 2019.

Request a Free AP Stylebook Subscription
Tribes and tribal enterprises looking to hone their media skills should always be aware of how to use AP Styles, a standardized writing set used by most journalists and publications.

The Associated Press offers a number of free Stylebooks to approved 501(c)(3) organizations. To request your book, follow the link below.

Discover Native America
Visit the Klamath River with the Yurok Tribe
The Yurok Tribe, the largest federally recognized Indian tribe in California, has a reservation that straddles the majestic Klamath River, extending for one mile on each side of the river, from its entry into the Pacific Ocean to approximately 45 miles upriver to the confluence with the Trinity River. The Klamath River supports some of the best salmon fishing in California. The reservation is also home to some of the largest redwood trees on the world. The Tribe’s major initiatives include: natural resources management, fisheries protection, watershed restoration, dam removal, condor reintroduction, cultural revitalization, language preservation and land acquisition.

See, Do & Eat

The Klamath River Jet Boats travels 22 miles up the beautiful scenic Klamath River. Our experienced captain and narrator will describe the River’s rich history, local Native American culture, and thriving wildlife. Bear, Black tail Deer, Elk, Soaring Osprey, Eagles, Hawks, Otters, Mink and many other varieties of wildlife may be seen by looking carefully along the riverbanks. // 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

AIANTA Members in the News
Biggest mistake Aussies are making in the US
Oklahoma is home to the third largest number of Native American tribes in the country, including the largest of the federally recognised tribes, the Cherokee Nation. Another of the state’s bigger tribes, the Chickasaw Nation, have built a must-see museum on their land in Sulphur, Oklahoma, generously allowing others to celebrate and connect with Native American culture and history. // News.com.au

In Nevada, a School for Stolen Native American Kids Will Be a Museum
Today, the Stewart site is best known for the stone masonry of its buildings, most of them crafted by Native workers in the early 20th century. An audio tour you can access via mobile phone features alumni describing what life was like there. Thanks to funding from the state of Nevada, a soon-to-open cultural center and museum will provide further context. // Frommers.com

Chickasaw Cultural Center honored for efforts to protect the monarch butterfly
“Our employees have joined forces with numerous tribes, universities and other organizations to help protect and nurture the monarch butterfly,” [said Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby]. “We believe it is vital to continue working together to preserve monarchs and other species vital to the health of our environment.” // The Ada News

$150,000 art installation will honor history, resilience of Puyallup people
A Coast Salish sculpture that will be installed in 2020 at a historic Puyallup village site in the Tacoma, Washington suburb of Gig Harbor, will be a tribute to the strength, resilience and enduring presence of the Puyallup people. // Indian Country Today

Performance Brings Ancestral Women of Wisconsin’s 12 Tribes to Life
Mary Burns is a fiber artist in Mercer and a couple of years ago she embarked on an ambitious project. She decided to create an exhibit to honor elder women of each of the 12 tribes* in Wisconsin. // WXPR.org

Mush! Traverse Alaska offers Iditarod adventure
Guests will visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and experience the monthly First Friday Art Walk before attending the ceremonial Iditarod start, which centers on a parade through downtown Anchorage. // Travel Weekly

Akwesasne TV reps join event in Paris to preserve indigenous languages
Representatives of Akwesasne TV, partnering with the United Nations in the International Year of Indigenous Languages, have appeared at a kickoff event in Paris as part of the effort to preserve, revitalize and promote Indigenous languages around the world. // North County Now

New AIANTA Members
Indian Summer Festival
The annual Indian Summer Festival has taken place for 32 years in September and is one of the largest Native America cultural celebrations in the United States. It includes activities for everyone in the family. Events include a contest pow wow, amateur boxing, Indian Summer Music Award show, contemporary and cultural Native entertainment and lacrosse games and demonstrations, The Living Cultures Area brings in members of the 11 sovereign tribes of Native Wisconsin to share facets of their cultures that have sustained their lives and well-being for centuries. The Gathering Place is home to community service organizations providing information of interest and support to American Indian people and the Milwaukee community and includes holistic healing methods and local community outreach organizations that provide physical and mental health services. There is also an extensive marketplace with Native American fine art and arts and crafts vendors. Indian Summer Festival is a winner of AIANTA’s 1918 Cultural Heritage Experience award. www.indiansummer.org
Friends of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
Friends of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is a nonprofit organization established in 1990 to aid and promote the management of programs and objectives of the trading post. Friends of Hubbell support Native American arts and crafts through bi-annual Native American Art Auctions held in May and September. These enjoyable full day events are worth taking a trip to attend. Proceeds support scholarships to Navajo and Hopi college students and to increase the awareness of the trading post heritage in the Southwest. The Trading Post, established in 1878, is the oldest continuously operating trading post on the Navajo Nation reservation. It has been considered a meeting ground of two cultures between the Navajo and the settlers who came to the area to trade. It became part of the National Park Service in 1967. The trading post is filled with historic artifacts and merchandise for sale (which includes jewelry, pottery, rugs, foodstuffs and general supplies). www.friendsofhubbell.org
Lake Tombigbee Campgrounds, Alabama Coushatta Tribe
Secluded on the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation in the Big Thicket of East Texas, Lake Tombigbee Campground offers a peaceful and scenic opportunity to visitors. Bring your family and friends to RV, camp or stay in one of the air-conditioned log cabins around beautiful wooded 26-acre Lake Tombigbee. Enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, hiking or just relaxing. The campground provides sites for tents, full RV hookups, furnished cabins and teepee rentals. There is a covered pavilion and stage for gatherings, restrooms and bath houses, fishing piers, paddle boat rentals and a swimming area. www.alabama-coushatta.com
Tanana Chiefs Conference
Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) is a consortium of 42 member tribes in interior Alaska, acting as a non-profit organization for the region. TCC provides health, social and other services while supporting and advocating on behalf of our tribal leadership and tribes. The Tanana Chiefs Conference region covers an area of 235,000 square miles in interior Alaska, which is equal to about 37 percent of the entire state, and just slightly smaller than the state of Texas. The region encompasses 39 villages and serves more than 14,000 Alaska Natives. The Village Planning and Development Program provides technical assistance and capacity building to TCC member villages in the areas of planning, grant writing, and business development  www.tananachiefs.org
Tim Trudell, Freelance Writer
Tim Trudell is a freelance writer, online content creator and author focusing on Midwest and Pacific Northwest attractions. As a member of the Santee Dakota Tribe, he strives to share Native American attractions among other attractions with readers of the travel blog, thewalkingtourists.com. He also shares stories about his hometown in Omaha, Nebraska, through his book 100 Things to Do in Omaha Before You Die and the upcoming Unique Eats and Eateries of Omaha. thewalkingtourists.com
Bobbie Chew Bigby (Cherokee Nation)
Bobbie Chew Bigby is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. She is a multilingual interpreter/translator, an educator and currently a PhD student focused on Indigenous Cultural Tourism in Australia and the United States. As a Mellon Mays Fellow through Washington University in St. Louis, she investigated the revival of ethnic traditions and cultural tourism among Southwestern China’s ethnic Naxi community. A 2009 Fulbright Fellowship following her undergraduate studies took her to Cambodia where she researched the role of cultural tourism in Cambodia's post-conflict cultural and arts revival. Bobbie has been a Rotary Peace Fellow, earning a Masters in International Studies from University of Queensland, Australia and most recently earned a Masters in Arts/Culture Administration from Drexel University as an AIANTA Scholar. Through her PhD studies that are based both in Oklahoma Indian Country and the Western Australian outback region, Bobbie is examining the ways that Indigenous cultural tourism can help to strengthen cultural and language revitalization efforts in remote communities. Bobbie is a committed advocate for the potential of culture, arts, tourism and education to transform lives among Indigenous and post-conflict communities both at home in Oklahoma and abroad.

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
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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.