March 2021
What's New at AIANTA

O me'a"kwa
(I’m going to travel over there, Northern Paiute)
At AIANTA, we are full-swing in planning-for-the-future mode. Recently we’ve been speaking with many Congressional representatives throughout the United States—especially those supportive of Native American communities—and sharing with them the history of the NATIVE Act and how the bill might support programs that help indigenous communities prosper through the creation and promotion of cultural heritage tourism..

PS: As I am getting ready to send this newsletter, I have just heard the news that Deb Haaland has been confirmed as the new Secretary of the Department of the Interior, the first Native American to ever hold a presidential cabinet position. This is such an emotional moment for many of us and I extend my warmest congratulations to Secretary Haaland during this historic time. 
Women’s History Month: Native American Women Leaders in Cultural Heritage Tourism
Every March, designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation, AIANTA recognizes some of the leading Native American women who are dedicated to advancing cultural heritage tourism. These leaders are long-time business members of AIANTA and just a small subset of the many women helping drive economic development through tourism promotion.

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

Join Us in Our New Town Hall Series
As the visitor industry looks to a rejuvenated future, AIANTA is rolling out an interactive new Town Hall Series.

In addition to providing a sneak-peek at AIANTA’s major initiatives for the coming year, each session encourages tribal tourism professionals to share their own cultural heritage tourism programming. .

AIANTA Forms Unprecedented Partnership with NATOW, 11 Tribal Nations of Wisconsin
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is celebrating a new partnership with Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW), a regional tourism association that promotes tourism and economic development for Wisconsin’s 11 federally recognized tribes.

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

Ten Native American Tourism Experiences for 2020
Here are just a few of the Native American, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian cultural experiences we're excited for in 2021.

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 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

Missions & Tribes: Including Native Perspectives in the Historical Record
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
10 a.m. (MDT/New Mexico)
On-Demand Webinars

Cultural Centers: Planning for Tourism
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Interpreting Culture: Tips for Running a Successful Tour Business
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Native Chefs Explore Food Sovereignty
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
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
Sakari Farms
Nestled in a soft turn of Highway 20 resides Sakari Farms, a six acre-farm owned and operated by Spring Alaska Schreiner, enrolled tribal member of the Chugach Alaska Corporation. She began the farm when she saw a need for tribal foods and tribal food education. The farm began by selling sweetgrass, healing products and tribal food and has since expanded to programs for youth and direct sales to visitors.

Sakari Farms sits on the outskirts of Bend, Oregon. The land is surrounded by junipers and Ponderosa pines, big cones and frosty blue berries litter the ground and feed the local bird population. Perched over the pond, lives a pair of hawks that survey the land and fly on the gales that come off the highway.

In the News
AIANTA in the News

Showcase Usa Italy, l’edizione virtual prepara il terreno per la ripartenza
L'agenzia di Viaggi; , March 11, 2021
Il 2 marzo sono stati consegnati i Premi Stampa alla presenza di Isabella Cascarano, minister counselor for Foreign affairs. Il premio Simonetta Busnelli, sponsorizzato da American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (Aianta) è andato a Marco Berchi per il consumer award per la promozione degli Usa; .

20 Influential Women in the Travel Industry
TravelPulse; March 8, 2021
This International Women's Day, we want to highlight women who have done and are doing so much to affect change in the travel industry. They're leading as examples, pushing forth initiatives, and calling on the travel industry to do better, to be better. 

AIANTA Introduces New Tribal Relations & Outreach Department
e-Turbo News; February 15, 2021
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is celebrating the formation of a new department, the Tribal Relations & Outreach Department, which was created to further the organization’s goals in identifying and cultivating strategic partnerships.

AIANTA Membership
Welcome New AIANTA Members

Bernalillo County Museum (Nonprofit-Southwest)
Bristol Bay Corporation (Tribal-Alaska)
Kristina Rocks (Student-Eastern)

Thank You Renewing Members

Alaskan Dream Cruises (Tribal Enterprise-Alaska)
Hawaii Tourism Authority (Nonprofit-Pacific)
Lake Tombigbee Campground & Cabins (Tribal Enterprise-Eastern)
Navajo Tours USA (Native Owned-Southwest)
Three Chiefs Culture Center (Nonprofit-Plains)

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
Funding Opportunities
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