January 2021
What's New at AIANTA

O me'a"kwa
(I’m going to travel over there, Northern Paiute)
As we enter 2021, we know that the challenges of 2020 are not yet behind us. We will continue to adapt, as our Native People have always done, to the historic challenges that face us today and in the year ahead. We are also seeing opportunities in our collective knowledge and strength.

AIANTA Releases Ground-Breaking Tribal Agritourism Educational Handbook
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.

Extended! Jingle all the Way
We have a few Jingle Dress thumb drives left, so we are extending our campaign until January 31, 2021!

Become a new AIANTA member by January 31, 2021, and receive one of our proprietary Jingle Dress thumb drives.

You may also renew your membership for 2021 (or for 2022) and your rates will be prorated.

But hurry, there will be no more extensions and after January 31, it will be too late!
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

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.

AIANTA Is Looking for Native Tour Operators & Guides
AIANTA is updating its 2021 Native Tour Operators brochure, which is distributed at international and domestic tourism trade shows.

If you operate a tour or tour guide business, please email us at mpoling@aianta.org, for consideration for inclusion in this year's brochure.

2020 Year in Review
Despite the challenges of 2020, and the many mid-course corrections that happened as a result of “crisis planning,” 2020 was still an incredibly productive year for AIANTA.

Join us in celebrating some of our top accomplishments and memorable moments for the past year.

AIANTA CEO Appointed to National Marine Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council
Sherry L. Rupert, CEO of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), has been appointed to serve a three-year term on Office of National Marine Sanctuary System (ONMS) Business Advisory Council.

Ocean tourism and recreation plays a key, but under-recognized, role in the nation’s tourism industry, contributing approximately $116 billion in gross domestic product to the national economy each year.

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.

AIANTA Members Discuss COVID-19 Challenges and Adaptation
During the 22nd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference, AIANTA hosted six virtual regional breakout sessions where attendees were asked to 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

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)
On-Demand Webinars

Supporting Public Arts: Indigenous Artists Share their Vision
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Oneida Big Apple Fest: Developing An Agricultural Festival
December 8, 2020

Building a Native Agritourism Ecosystem
November 24, 2020

Building Tourism into Tribal Agricultural Programs
October 29, 2020
American Indian Tourism Conference
Save the Date
American Indian Tourism Conference
October 25-28, 2021
We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort
Fort McDowell (Scottsdale), Arizona
Discover Native America
Dynamite Hill Farms
Near the shoreline of Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay, Jerry Jondreau (Keweenaw Bay Indian Community) and and Katy Bresette (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe) are working to reinvigorate traditional Ojibwe foods. Working 30 acres of trees, they harvest sugar maple sap and process it into pure maple syrup.

“We’re trying to get back to the land and promote our traditional foods,” said Jondreau, who with Bresette, started Dynamite Hill Farms in September 2019.

“We’re hoping to help more people get back to being able to source their food locally.”
In the News
AIANTA in the News

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

AIANTA Members in the News

Missoula Art Museum announces new catalog of artwork by Salish Kootenai artist Corwin Clairmont; Indian Country Today; January 7, 2021

Incredible places to celebrate Native American Heritage this year; MSN Lifestyle; January 6, 2021

Tulsa Indian Affairs Commission declares Dec. 31 as Native American Day of Prayer and Blessing; Osage News, December 30, 2020

How Juneau, Alaska, Is Becoming an Epicenter for Indigenous Art; Smithsonian Magazine, December 23, 2020

Stories of Old Nevada: Pyramid Lake; Elko Daily, December 30, 2020

Native American tribe finalizes $250 million purchase of Caesars Southern Indiana; WERB.com; December 24, 2020

Cooking Matters Colorado Highlights and Supports Indigenous Cooking; Food Tank; December 2020

Native flavors: Indian Pueblo Kitchen focuses on indigenous food education, exploration; Albuquerque Journal, November 20, 2020

Nez Perce Tribe acquires historic Hayes Farm; Wallowa County Chieftain, December 16, 2020

Best Places 2021: Great Authors on Our America; Frommer's, December 2020

Cherokee Nation Formalizes Purchase of Will Rogers Birthplace Museum in Oologah, Oklahoma; Native Business Magazine, November 25, 2020

United Houma Nation receives donation for new tribal office and cultural center; Houma Courier-Thibodaux Daily Comet, December 27, 2020

USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River Set to Launch Virtual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Events from the Gardens and Pearl Harbor; Native News Online, January 12, 2021

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 January 31, 2021 and get one of your own.
Welcome New AIANTA Members

Spokane Tribe (Tribal-Pacific)
Laura R. Barraclough (Individual-Eastern)
Sandi J. Brewster-Walker (Senior-Eastern)
Meg McDonald (Senior-Southwest)
Anthony Nakazawa (Individual-Alaska)
Daniel K Nahoopii (Individual-Pacific)
Angela Williams Ashley (Senior-Pacific)

Thank You Renewing Members

Cherokee Nation (Tribal-Plains)
Choctaw Country (Tribal-Plains)
Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (Tribal-Midwest)
Seneca Nation of Indians (Tribal-Eastern)
106 Group (Business-Midwest)
AMERICA Journal (Business-Eastern)
Moenkopi Developers Corporation (Tribal Enterprise-Southwestern)
Arizona Office of Tourism (Nonprofit Organization-Southwest)
National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (Nonprofit Organization-Eastern)
Bobbie Bigby (Student-Plains)
Sherrie Bowman (Individual-Southwest)
Larry Burton (Senior-Southwest)
Lora Ann Chaisson (Senior-Eastern)
Gail E. Chehak (Senior-Southwest)
Prudy Correa Arts (Senior-Southwest)
Ron Erdman (Senior-Eastern)
Donna J. Frank (Individual-Alaska)
Jai Lakshman (Senior-Southwest)
Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez (Individual-Southwest)
Bianca Mitchell (Individial-Southwest)
Robert Perry (Senior-Eastern)
Monica Poling (Individual-Southwest)
Gary E. Williams (Senior-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.

Support AIANTA
Shop AIANTA at Amazon.com

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
Upcoming Events
Globalize Your Website: A Webinar for Rural and Native American Businesses
Thursday, February 4, 2021
The Yurok Economic Development Corporation, the Northern California Indian Development Council and the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association are pleased to join the U.S. Commercial Service (part of the U.S. Department of Commerce), on Thursday, February 4th, for the first in a three-part, free webinar series on refreshing and enhancing your company’s digital strategy. 
To drive more international visitors to your website, you will learn some simple, free and low-cost changes to increase visibility in overseas markets. This webinar will help you transform your website into an internationally-savvy version of itself. Since your website is your 24/7 sales agent, it should clearly convey that you are open for international business. Register Here
Virtual Information Session on the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 4:00-5:00 p.m. (PDT)
The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking tribal participation at an upcoming online information session. Participants will learn more about the Maritime Washington NHA, including a brief overview of what National Heritage Areas are, what work has occurred to date on the Maritime Washington NHA, and the plan moving forward. The presentation will be followed by a time for question and answers. Register Here
Did You Know...?

The Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grant program was established to help preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections. The SAT program is administered by the NPS in cooperation with its partners, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).The NPS manages the preservation grants and the IMLS the collections grants, once awarded. The deadline to apply is January 26, 2021. More Information

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