Volume 5 | April 2019
What's New at AIANTA
AIANTA Welcomes New Leadership
Camille Ferguson has announced she is stepping down as Executive Director to return to her family and home community of Sitka, Alaska, where she will focus on growing tourism and economic development opportunities for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska as the Economic Development Director. 

Sherry L. Rupert, formerly AIANTA’s Board President, will assume the role of AIANTA Executive Director and Board Member Emerson Vallo has been elected Board President.

Native American Moon Names
With the coming of spring, we at AIANTA decided to do a little moongazing. Thanks to our tribal partners, we learned quite a few ways Native American tribes translate moon names. 

Registration is Now Open for the Annual American Indian Tourism Conference
Registration is now open for the 2019 American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC), which will be hosted by Cherokee Nation September 16-19, 2019 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in Catoosa, Oklahoma.

The conference, organized by AIANTA, is the only national conference in the U.S. dedicated to travel and tourism in Indian Country

More News
Experience Oklahoma’s Native American Culture during the American Indian Tourism Conference
When attendees gather in Oklahoma this summer at AITC, they will also have the opportunity to explore some of Oklahoma’s most notable tribal tourism destinations. // Read More

AIANTA Code of Ethics Pledge
AIANTA asks all members to sign our Code of Ethics Pledge. // Read More

Tribal Opportunities
Enough Good People Awards
Every year, AIANTA recognizes the best of Indian Country travel and tourism with the Enough Good People awards.

Awarded in three categories (Destination of the Year, Best Cultural Heritage Experience and Excellence in Customer Service), these awardees represent tourism entities that foster a greater understanding and appreciation of authentic culture, history, heritage and/or the arts.

The nomination deadline is Friday, July 19, 2019.

What's New in Indian Country
AIANTA is now updating its quarterly What's New in Indian Country press release. Please send any news items, press releases or other updates to the media team at mpoling@aianta.org.

Discover Native America
Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Tourism Earth Lodge Village
The Earth Lodge Village is located west of New Town, North Dakota along the Killdeer Mountain / Four Bears Scenic Byway, on the shore of Lake Sakakawea.

Here, Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Tourism provides a Native American experience with cultural interpretation from local guides and cultural performances upon request.

Guests can experience the living culture of the MHA and get some exercise by hiking the earth lodge trails and kayaking or canoeing in Four Bears Bay. Rent a tipi for a night and enjoy the scenic beauty and stimulate your senses by tasting traditional foods of the area. Also plan on visiting the MHA Museum, Crows Flies High Look Out Point, 4 Bears Casino and Lodge and the 4 Bears Casino Interpretive panels to complete your visit. // Read More

In the News
AIANTA In the News
AIANTA Welcomes Sherry L. Rupert as Executive Director
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), the nation’s leading national Native tourism organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sherry L. Rupert as the new executive director. // Native News Online, eTurbo News

A ‘Pink Moon’ will be visible this weekend. Here’s what that could mean for you
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association does mention that different indigenous peoples had names for the full moon at certain times of the year. // Business Insider

Registration Now Open for 2019 American Indian Tourism Conference
e conference, scheduled for September 16-19, 2019 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, is organized by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and hosted by Cherokee Nation. // Native News Online

Experience the Rich Heritage of America’s First Nations
Although casinos still serve as popular entertainment attractions for many tribes, in the past 15 years, a renaissance of cultural attractions has popped up in tribal reservations across the country. Tribes have learned to take control of their public perceptions, resulting in cultural tourism investments by several tribes that coincide with a broader tourism demand for more authentic travel experiences. // The Group Travel Leader

Native Americans Shift Stereotypes, Boost Economies, Through Tourism
Native tourism can be beneficial to tribes, boosting economies, creating jobs and allowing Native communities to control their own historic narratives. // Voice of America

AIANTA Members in the News
Three Tribal Libraries Selected as National Medal Finalists
The Aaniiih Nakoda College Library (Harlem, Montana), a tribal college located on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, the Barona Band Mission Indians Cultural Center and Museum (Lakeside, California), and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library (Sequim, Washington) have all been selected as National Medal finalists for the Museum and Library Services. // Institute of Museum and Library Services 

10 of the least known islands you should visit to see wildlife
The second largest island in America is home to 3,500 brown bears. Part of the larger Kodiak Archipelago, Kodiak Island and its 1.9-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge feature diverse terrain ranging from snow-covered peaks and alpine meadows to wetlands. // 10 Best

The Blackfeet Nation is trying to open its own national park
Plans are still in the conceptual phase, but BirdRattler said he imagines the tribal park could span a northwestern slice of the reservation all the way up to the Canadian border. // High Country News

Why wild salmon remains king in the Pacific Northwest
Once the First Salmon ceremony has been performed—with its rituals of drumming, dancing, fasting, and feasting, which might take place over several days—the fishing season can then begin in earnest. // National Geographic Traveler

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Wins State Tourism Award
Frog Bay Tribal National Park has received the Governor of the State of Wisconsin’s Tourism Stewardship Award Winner, in recognition of its “outstanding contributions to the state’s hospitality and travel industry.” // The County Today

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center earns AAA Four Diamond Award
For the 14th consecutive year since it opened its doors in November 2005, the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center has received AAA’s prestigious Four Diamond Award. // AZ Big Media

Archaeological study planned for the birthplace of the Seminole nation
Historian David Letasi, along with archaeologists and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are planning to begin a study of the area around Brooksville that used to be the home of 1200 Seminoles. // ABC Action News


New AIANTA Members
American Indian Chamber of Commerce
The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona (AICCAz) was founded in 1995 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1996. The focus of the Chamber is to provide a format for American Indian entrepreneurs to promote their business, for corporations to connect with American Indian businesses, to act as a liaison on tribal economic development issues and to offer the best in resources, training and networking for the American Indian business. AICCAz offers our members the opportunity to exchange ideas and information with business owners throughout the state. The AICCAZ is committed to networking with all Native American businesses throughout the Southwest and the United States to develop collaborative opportunities focusing on Indian tourism, gaming, agriculture, arts and crafts and joint ventures that will develop successful economic development models for Native American communities. www.aiccaz.org
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
AIANTA Membership
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.

Image credits:

Canoe: MrsBrown/Pixabay; Sherry Rupert: Northern Nevada Business Weekly; Super Moon: skeeze/Pixabay; Enough Good People Awards: Indian Summer Festival; Bison: Thomas/ Flickr.com; Earthen Lodge: Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Tourism.