October 2020
What's New at AIANTA

O me'a"kwa
(I’m going to travel over there, Northern Paiute)
As we start to look forward to the end of 2020, I am certainly not alone when saying, “What a year!”

Clearly, this year has been packed with changes and challenges, many of which have been crippling to the tourism industry. Despite the challenges, however, 2020 has often been a source of inspiration for me as well.

AIANTA Wraps Up First-Ever Virtual American Indian Tourism Conference
More than 800 tribal representatives, Native business owners, and tourism professionals attended the 22nd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC), September 14-18. This year’s theme, “One Country, Many Nations,” focused on how native-led cultural tourism efforts are paving the way for economic recovery in native nations.

2020 in Review: A Snapshot of AIANTA's Year
Despite the challenges of 2020, and the many mid-course corrections that happened as a result of "crisis planning," 2020 was still an incredibly productive year for AIANTA.

Join us in celebrating some of our top accomplishments and memorable moments for the past year.

AIANTA Announces New Dates for Professional Certificate Program in Cultural Heritage Tourism
Explore the fundamentals of tribal tourism planning during the Professional Certificate Program in Cultural Heritage Tourism offered by AIANTA in partnership with the George Washington University.

Please join us January 11-February 28, 2021.

Need financial assistance?

Learn more about the limited number of complimentary NATIVE Act Registrations (restrictions apply) for the Certificate Program.

Getting Creative: Tips for Boosting Sales for Tribal Artists
Making a living as an artist or artisan is tough enough and this past year hasn’t been any easier. In order to achieve a sustainable income, developing creative tactics has become essential. The good news is that art lovers are still as passionate as ever, and artists can still connect to them even though it requires new strategies or increased efforts.

Shop Native this Holiday Season
If you're looking for unique holiday gifts this year, we've compiled a few ideas from some of our favorite online shops at tribally owned museums and cultural centers around the country.

Jingle all the Way
Become a new AIANTA member by December 31, 2020, and receive one of our cute, new Jingle Dress thumb drives.

You may also renew your membership for 2021 (or for 2022) and your rates will be prorated.

But hurry, there's a limited supply of thumb drives and they'll be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
AIANTA Opportunities
AIANTA Webinar Series
AIANTA's Webinar series presents marketing tips, funding opportunities and other tips for creating and growing successful tribal tourism enterprises.

Upcoming Webinars

Building Tourism into Tribal Agricultural Programs
Tuesday, October 29, 2020
10 a.m. (MDT/New Mexico)

On-Demand Webinars

Geotourism and Tribal Tourism along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Power of Place: Giving Voice to the Region and Its People
Thursday, August 13, 2020

Managing Community & Visitor Expectations in the Times of COVID-19
August 7, 2020
Discover Native America
Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes, is located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in central North Dakota. The reservation stretches across 988,000 acres of wide-open plains and grasslands, and along both sides of the longest river in North America, the majestic Missouri River, or its native name of “Awati.”

The native lands of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara people once extended from North Dakota across the Missouri River basin through western Montana and Wyoming. The Mandan, or “Nueta,” were prosperous farmers and traders, noted for their excellent maize cultivation and crafting of Knife River flint. The Hidatsa, or “Nuxbaaga” are considered a parent tribe to the Crow in Montana. The Arikara, or “Sahnish,” lived as a semi-nomadic people on the Great Plains.

In the News
AIANTA in the News

Visiting Indigenous Communities is a Delicate Balance of Respect and Education
For insight into respectful, responsible Indigenous tourism, Matador Network spoke with Sherry L. Rupert, CEO of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, and Geri Hongeva, board president of the Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA). Heed their advice before setting foot on Indigenous land, especially if you’ve been invited to tour a tribal community. // Matador Network

Twin Arrows Trading Post
Features AIANTA’s American Indians & Route 66 Guide // The Flashnites

AIANTA Recognizes Best Tribal Destinations
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) recognized the best tribal destinations and tourism industry leaders at its annual Enough Good People Industry Awards program. // e-Turbo News

Cherokee Nation Receives National Recognition
Cherokee Nation was recently named as the 2020 Tribal Destination of the Year by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. // The Claremore Progress

Native Travel Group Names Cherokee Nation Top Destination
Cherokee Nation was recently named as the 2020 Tribal Destination of the Year by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. // Tulsa World

AIANTA’s Tourism Industry Leaders Power Forward
The pandemic may have temporarily brought tourism operations across Tribal Nations to a standstill, but venues have reopened with safety measures in place, and Tribes are preparing for a resurgence when the dust settles. // Native Business

Cherokee Nation wins tribal destination, customer service awards
The Cherokee Nation earned an esteemed award from the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association at its annual Enough Good People Industry Awards on Sept. 16 during the 22nd annual American Indian Tourism Conference. // Tahlequah Daily Press

Cherokee Nation wins tribal destination, customer service awards
 The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) has announced the keynote lineup for its annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) Sept. 14-18.. // Los Alamos Daily Post

AIANTA Members in the News

Ford Foundation fund to award an unprecedented $160 million to minority arts groups // The Washington Post, September 24, 2020

The Cherokee Nation reservation is now visible on Google Maps // CNN US, September 23, 2020

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Chief Hill named to TIME 100 Most Influential People of 2020 list // Fox 23 News, September 23, 2020

Bikers commemorate 'Trail of Tears', stop at Redstone Harley-Davidson // WZDX Fox, September 22, 2020

Above and Beyond, Program recognizes Native Americans for significant achievements // Minot Daily News, September 21, 2020,

Marksville, Tunica-Biloxi to Discuss Future of Indian Mounds // Avoyelles Journal, September 19, 2020

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center breaks ground on retail expansion project, Albuquerque // Business First, September 17, 2020

Yurok Agricultural Corporation Buys 26 Acres for Food Sovereignty Program // Native Business, September 12, 2020

John De Fries Is New Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority President, CEO // Big Island Video News, September 9, 2020

Economic Development Director Encourages Those Thinking of Starting a New Business in 2020 or 2021 // Choctaw Office of Economic Development, September 8, 2020

Cherokee Nation welcomes two Yellowstone bison to herd in Delaware County // Cherokee One Feather, September 8, 2020

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians receives Tribal Heritage Grant Award // Indian Country Today, September 3, 2020

Land is life: How the Oneida Nation is reclaiming its land, and its identity // Green Bay Press-Gazette, August 24, 2020

Choctaw Fresh Produce provides assistance during COVID-19 // The Meridian Star, Aug 18, 2020

Grand Canyon Resort Corporation Announces Interim CEO // e-TurboNews, August 18, 2020

Has your Tribe or tribal tourism enterprise been featured in the news? 

AIANTA Membership
New AIANTA Members

Tribal Enterprise
Oglala Living History Village (Plains Region)

Student Members
Tanner C. Caterina-Knorr (Eastern Region)
Bethany Follett (Alaska Region)

Senior Members
Annette Ulmer (Alaska Region)
Prudy Correa (Southwest Region)

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.
Save the Date(s)
Mark Your Calendars For These Upcoming Events

Cultural Heritage Certificate Program
Dates: January 11-February 28, 2021
Location: Online

Go International
Dates: April 21-22, 2021
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

American Indian Tourism Conference
Dates: October 25-28, 2021
Location: We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, Ft. McDowell, Arizona

Thanks to Our AITC Sponsors