December 2020
What's New at AIANTA

O me'a"kwa
(I’m going to travel over there, Northern Paiute)
Here at AIANTA we are taking a big sigh of relief as we come to the end of what has been one of the most difficult years in recent history.

I don’t need to recap the crazy year, you’ve all experienced it too. In addition to the challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, so many of you have suffered illnesses, personal losses, the decimation of your businesses and so much more.

Native Chefs Celebrate the Holidays with Indigenous Cuisine, Recipes
As travelers largely remain grounded, AIANTA has created a virtual round up of Native cuisine(s) featuring just a few ways to add a little indigenous flavor to your holiday menu

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.
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.

Sign Up Now for the 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, but hurry, the deadline to sign up is January 4, 2021.

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 will bring together businesses, attractions, landmarks and other points of interest on and around the trail to help promote sustainable tourism.

How to Support AIANTA This Holiday Season
From joining AIANTA as a member to making an outright contribution to simply shopping at, there are so many ways you can support AIANTA this holiday season and throughout the year.

No matter how you choose to help or how much you choose to contribute, your support helps AIANTA to provide technical assistance to indigenous communities across the nation.

AIANTA Members Discuss COVID-19 Challenges and Adaptation
During the 23rd Annual Annual American Indian Tourism Conference AIIANTA hosted six virtual regional breakout sessions where attendees were asked o share the impacts of COVID-19 on cultural tourism and what their priorities are as they emerge from the pandemic.

The results (compiled in a PDF document) can be viewed by clicking the below link.

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

Supporting Public Arts: Indigenous Artists Share their Vision
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
10 a.m. (MDT/New Mexico)

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

Oneida Big Apple Fest: Developing An Agricultural Festival
December 6, 2020

Building a Native Agritourism Ecosystem
November 24, 2020

Building Tourism into Tribal Agricultural Programs
October 29, 2020

Geotourism and Tribal Tourism along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
October 6, 2020
American Indian Tourism Conference
Discover Native America
California Indian Museum & Cultural Center
Acorns have long been an important food staple for Pomo, Miwok and many other tribes throughout California. So when members of the California Indian Museum & Cultural Center’s Tribal Youth Ambassador program wanted to create a food product honoring their cultures, acorns were an obvious choice. But how to update them for today’s tastes?

In the News
AIANTA in the News

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month Through Travel
"Fortunately, I was able to interview Sherry L. Rupert, CEO of American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) for a more detailed look into what makes this month so special. As CEO of AIANTA, Rupert is the leading voice when it comes to advocating for travel and tourism as a significant economic driver in tribal nations.. // Finn Partnership

Arizona American Indian Tourism Earns National Recognition
This year, AIANTA (American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association) awarded the Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA) the ‘Best Cultural Heritage Experience’ award during its annual conference in September. // Navajo-Hopi Observer

AIANTA Members in the News

Western National Parks Association Announces 2020 Award Winners
National Parks Traveler, November 30, 2020

From Everyday Life to Winter Rituals, These Photographs Show the Life of the Navajo Nation in Arizona
Travel + Leisure; November 26, 2020

Tribal Communities Reeling As Pandemic Halts Tourism, Gaming Revenue. 
Fronteras; November 20, 2020

How To Bring More Native American Ingredients To Your Thanksgiving Menu
Forbes, November 19, 2020

Your Road Trip is Not More Important than Indian Country
The New Republic, November 19, 2020

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Re-Imagines Its Pueblo Harvest Restaurant
Albuquerque Business Journal; November 17, 2020

The Radical Act of Opening a Brewery as a Native American
Atlas Obscura; November 16, 2020

Travel Wisconsin: Suzette Brewer, Executive Director of Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW)
620WTMJ; November 15, 2020

New Memorial Recognizes Generations of Military Service by Native American Veterans
WBUR News; November 11, 2020

400 Years On, the Pilgrims Get a Reality Check
National Geographic; November 11, 2020

Department of the Interior Lists 10 Public Lands with Powerful Native American Connections
Sierra Sun Times, November 8, 2020

The We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort is Now Open for Visitors
Arizona Foothills, November 2, 2020
Arizona Big Media, November 2, 2020
The Fountain Hills Times, October 28, 2020

How to Plan a Trip to Cherokee Nation
Condé Nast Traveler; October 22, 2020

Experiencing Alaska’s Indigenous Cultures
Travel Alaska Blog; November 2020

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

AIANTA Membership
Jingle all the Way
These lucky new members and renewing members will receive our custom-made Jingle Dress Dancer thumb drive.

It's not too late. Join or renew by December 31, 2020 and get one of your own.
Welcome New AIANTA Members

Amy Meak (Student-Southwest)
National Native American Hall of Fame (Nonprofit-Plains)
Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma (Tribal-Plains)
Dr. Gail A Vander Stoep (Senior-Midwest)
Xaa-wan’-k’wvt Village & Resort (Tribal Enterprise-Pacific)
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation (Tribal-Plains)

Thank You Renewing Members

CJ Brafford (Senior-Southwest)
Tanner C Caterina-Knorr (Student-Eastern)
Mario Fulmer (Individual-Alaska)
Bud Johnston (Senior-Midwest)
Kodiak Brown Bear Center (Tribal Enterprise-Alaska)
Adelheid Herrmann (Senior-Alaska)
Bruce Rettig (Senior-Southwest)
Ben Rupert (Individual-Southwest)
Sherry L. Rupert (Individual-Southwest)
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (Tribal-Eastern)
United Houma Nation (Tribal-Eastern)
Utah Office of Tourism and Film (Nonprofit-Southwest)
Emerson Vallo (Senior-Southwest)
Visit Sitka/Sitka Chamber of Commerce (Nonprofit-Alaska)

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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AIANTA has joined the AmazonSmile charitable giving program. After you designate AIANTA as your preferred charitable organization through AmazonSmile, Amazon will contribute .5 percent of all purchases to help support AIANTA programming.
Save the Date(s)
Mark Your Calendars For These Upcoming Events

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

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

23rd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference
Dates: October 25-28, 2021
Location: We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, Fort McDowell, Arizona
Did You Know...?
It's Not Too Late
If you are a small business, nonprofit organization of any size, or a U.S. agricultural business with 500 or fewer employees that has suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can still apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

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