November 2020
What's New at AIANTA

O me'a"kwa
(I’m going to travel over there, Northern Paiute)
As we enter the "holiday season," I find myself filled with a sense of hope for the coming year.

I know that Thanksgiving has many connotations, not all of them positive for Native Americans, but I do like the idea of taking the opportunity to count my blessings and express my gratitude for all the joys of the previous year.

Infusing the Aloha Spirit Into Your Customer Service
The word “Aloha” has become synonymous with the Hawaiian culture and conjures visions of friendly native greetings and majestic tropical islands. As a well-known brand globally, the Spirit of Aloha is even broader, however, and visitors to the islands are welcomed by a culturally deeper message. It’s so much more than a simple island word or greeting.

Join AIANTA and Support the Movement to Build Cultural Tourism in Indian Country
More than twenty years ago, tribal leaders from across the nation gathered to talk about tourism in Indian Country. This historic gathering launched the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and our mission “to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.”

AIANTA Announces New Dates 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.

Need financial assistance?

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

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.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
The world may not yet have returned to pre-2020 travel patterns, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.

From rocking our mocs at AIANTA to sharing great reading lists of books by Native American authors to attending online film festivals to checking out the brand new National Native American Veterans Memorial, here are a few ways you can join the celebration.

2021 Training Needs
As AIANTA's rolls out it's programs for 2021, we are very interested in hearing what your top training needs are for the coming year.

Please take a moment to complete our short, three-question "Training Needs = COViD-19 Cultural Tourism Survey now.
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

Webinar: Building a Native Agritourism Ecosystem
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
10 a.m. (MDT/New Mexico)
On-Demand Webinars

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

Geotourism and Tribal Tourism along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
American Indian Tourism Conference
Discover Native America
The DX Ranch
When she was two, Kelsey Ducheneaux’s father got her a Christmas gift. Not a doll or a dress, but a cattle brand.

“Ducheneaux is a pretty common name in Indian Country here, and is often abbreviated as DX,” Ducheneaux says. “He couldn’t believe that the DX brand was available, and he snatched it right up for me.” Today Ducheneaux’s DX Ranch operates on 7,500 acres that encompasses her great-grandfather’s original 160 acres near La Plant, South Dakota, not far from the Missouri River on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

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

AIANTA Members in the News

Sacjawea coin model celebrates 20 years
Indian Country Today, November 5, 2020

An Indigenous Effort to Return Condors to the Pacific Northwest Nears Its Goal
The Yurok Tribe plans to soon reintroduce North America's largest bird to northern California, where the raptor hasn't soared for a century
Audubon magazine, November 5, 2020

Behold the Largest Congregation of Bald Eagles in the United States
Every November, hundreds if not thousands of the birds of prey gather in Haines, Alaska, to feast on salmon (Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center)
Smithsonian Magazine, November 3, 2020,

Tunica-Biloxi Holding ‘Virtual’ Native American Basketry Summit Saturday
Avoyelles Journal, October 29, 2020 

Oklahoma to honour Native American art in new $175m museum
The Art Newspaper, October 19, 2020

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

AIANTA Membership
New AIANTA Members

Nonprofit Member
National Native American Hall of Fame (Plains Region-Montana) 
Washington State University Ferry County Extension (Pacific Region-Washington)
Senior Member
Annette Anderson (Plains Region-Texas)               
Colleen Derber (Eastern-Maryland)


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