February 2021
What's New at AIANTA

O me'a"kwa
(I’m going to travel over there, Northern Paiute)
I was recently looking over our AIANTA newsletter archives, and noticed that it was exactly a year ago that I first mentioned the Coronavirus in my newsletter greeting.

This past year has been one of great change and great challenges, but we have also experienced so many victories and if you’re like me, you remain hopeful about all that is to come.

AIANTA Introduces New Tribal Relations & Outreach Department
AIANTA is celebrating the formation of its new Tribal Relations & Outreach Department, which was created to further the agency’s goals in identifying and cultivating strategic partnerships. The department will be lead by long-term AIANTA employee Gail Chehak, who was promoted to Tribal Relations & Outreach Manager after serving nearly eight years as AIANTA’s Membership & Outreach Coordinator.

AIANTA Launches Tourism Sentiment Survey
AIANTA launched its second “State of the Tourism Industry” survey this week. Survey results will help determine indigenous and Native communities’ confidence in the growth of the visitor industry for the coming year

Go International
Tour operators of all sizes are noting a change in consumer demand with respect to group travel, especially as travelers look forward to planning their post-pandemic getaways. As packaged travel providers start to plan for the future, their programs are increasingly emphasizing local and indigenous visitor destinations.

Learn more at Go International (April 21-22, 2021), which is designed to help tribal tourism businesses keep up with the rapid shifts in the packaged travel industry

AIANTA Is Looking for Native Tour Operators & Guides
AIANTA is updating its 2021 Native Tour Operators list, which is distributed at tourism trade shows around the world.

If you operate a tour or tour guide business or know someone that should be included on this list, please email mpoling@aianta.org to be considered for inclusion on this year's list.

Case Studies in Tribal Agritourism
The first guide of its kind, Case Studies in Tribal Agritourism was created to inspire Native American and indigenous farmers, ranchers and other food producers interested in expanding their agricultural operations to include visitor components.

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
In partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), AIANTA is chronicling the stories of the tribes located on or near the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

The three-year partnership will result in educational webinars, a print/online guidebook reflecting past and present-day tribal attractions at key spots along the trail, and a first-of-its kind map, that will translate key locations along the trail back in their original native locators.

Experience Native America Along the Lewis & Clark Trail
In partnership with the National Park Service, AIANTA is working with tribes adjacent to the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to develop cultural heritage content and itineraries. The project is bringing together businesses, attractions, landmarks and other points of interest on and around the trail to help promote sustainable tourism.

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.

Save the Date

Interpreting Culture: Tips for Running a Successful Tour Business
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
10 a.m. (MDT/New Mexico)
On-Demand Webinars

Native Chefs Explore Food Sovereignty
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
10 a.m. (MDT/New Mexico)

Globalize Your Website: A Webinar for Rural and Native American Businesses
Thursday, February 4, 2021
2 p.m. (PDT)
(In partnership with U.S. Commercial Service)

Small Business Development - Working with MBDA
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
10 a.m. (MDT/New Mexico)
American Indian Tourism Conference
American Indian Tourism Conference
October 25-28, 2021
We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort
Fort McDowell (Scottsdale), Arizona
AITC 2021 Call for Speakers
AIANTA is seeking expert speakers to lead the breakout sessions at the American Indian Tourism Conference.

Showcase your expertise in front of more than 300 tourism professionals, including tribal tourism professionals, tribal leaders, Native American entrepreneurs, federal employees and many more.

Sponsor AITC 2021
Extend your visibility by sponsoring the 23rd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference, the only national conference dedicated to travel and tourism in Indian Country.

A conference sponsorship helps AIANTA augment its hands-on programming at this annual gathering while providing you and/or your organization with increased exposure through our conference marketing.

Discover Native America
Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers' Cooperative
Since 1969, Alaska Native artisans have been turning the undercoats of musk oxen into works of wearable art to be shared with the world.

Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers’ Co-Operative in Anchorage is a business that creates a market for Alaska Native knitters throughout the vast state. Oomingmak provides knitters with qiviut, the undercoat of the artic musk ox. Alaska Native knitters, who collectively own the co-op, turn this extremely warm and light hair into scarves, headbands, hats and other clothing items.

Oomingmak (which means “bearded one,” the Yupik word for musk ox) pays members for their work and sells it to the general public at their downtown Anchorage store and online.

In the News
AIANTA in the News

A Native American Love Story; By T.J. Young AKA Sgwaayaans
She the People News; February 3, 2021
T.J.Young, aka, Sgwaayaans, is a member of the Yaadaas Eagle Clan. He’s drawn to tell tales of his Tribe~ artfully. Honoring his ancestors from Hydaburg, Alaska ,Sgwaayaans has a knack for super-sizing legends to landmark the customs of his Kaigani, Haida Tribal Nation. (Story facilitated by AIANTA).

Food For Thought: New guidebook explores growing tribal agritourism industry
Tribal Business News; February 2, 2021
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation’s program is one of six tribal agritourism ventures spanning the United States that is highlighted in the new educational handbook, “Case Studies in Tribal Agritourism.” Released by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) with funding from the Native American Agricultural Fund, the free guidebook can be downloaded at this link.

People’s Center rebrands, changes name
Char-Koosta News, January 27, 2021
CSKT Council approved on Tuesday the name-change to “Three Chief's Culture Center and Gift Shop. . . The idea of rebranding came after staff learned about it at American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association Conferences.

AIANTA CEO appointed to National Marine Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council
e-Turbo News, January 13, 2021
The advisory panel will work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to promote sustainable recreation and tourism within the National Marine Sanctuary System

AIANTA Members in the News

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Receives Grants to Further Ecological Education Initiative and Provide Seed Distribution for Native Communities, Native Business magazine, Feb 5, 2021

Returning to the Roots of Community Resilience in Hawai‘i

Renowned Northwest Coast artist named USA Fellow
United States Artists awards $50,000 to the Ketchikan-based artist, Peninsula Clarian, February 3, 2021

Reclaiming the National Bison Range
After decades of battling misinformation, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes recover their lands and the herd, High Country News, Jan. 26, 2021

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

AIANTA Membership
Welcome New AIANTA Members

Tribal Nations
Forest County Potawatomi (Tribal-Midwest)
Spokane Tribe/Chewelah Casino (Tribal-Pacific)

Arizona Humanities (Nonprofit-Southwest)
Choctaw Nation Cultural Center (Nonprofit-Plains)
Destination America, Inc. (Business-Pacific)
KlasRobinson Q.E.D., Inc. (Business-Midwest)

Sandi J. Brewster-Walker (Senior-Eastern)
Yin Lee (Senior-Southwest)
Daniel K. Nahoopii (Individual-Pacific)
Ruth-Ann Thorn (Individual-Pacific)
Raul Verdugo (Individual-Pacific)

Thank You Renewing Members

Tribal Nations
Chickasaw Country (Tribal-Plains)
Ho-Chunk Nation (Tribal-Midwest)
MHA Nation Tourism (Tribal-Plains)
Nisqually Indian Tribe (Tribal-Pacific)
Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe (Tribal-Pacific)
Sokaogon Chippewa Tourism Program (Mole Lake) (Tribal-Midwest)
Yavapai-Prescott Resort/Grace Hospitality (Tribal Enterprise-Southwest)

MacLeod Farley & Associates (Business-International)
Rhode Island Indian Center (Nonprofit-Eastern)
Sealaska Heritage Institute (Nonprofit-Alaska)
Tanana Chiefs Conference (Nonprofit-Alaska)
Western National Parks Association (Nonprofit-Southwest)
Woodland Indian Art, Inc. (Nonprofit-Midwest)

Billie Jean Guerrero (Senior-Southwest)
Ed DesRosier (Senior-Plains)
Susan Guyette (Individual-Southwest)

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.

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

Go International
Dates: April 21-22, 2021
Location: Virtual

23rd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference
Dates: October 25-28, 2021
Location: We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, Fort McDowell, Arizona
Did You Know...?
The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design offers two programs for rural communities with populations less than 50,000.

* Design Workshop communities can receive technical assistance and a $6,000 stipend towards a community-engaged design workshop, and

* Design Learning Cohort members will join a national network of peers engaged in online learning.
Applications for both programs are due on March 12. More information can be found at www.rural-design.org.

The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ is a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative in partnership with the Housing Assistance Council.

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