Public Lands Outreach
American Indians and National Parks have long fueled the romantic imagination of many non-Indian Americans, as well as international visitors to our country. Every major national park or monument in the American west has a relationship to a significant Native sacred site. The list of American Indian/NPS conflicts and disputes is long – boundary lines, land claims, hunting and fishing management, sacred sites, disposition of cultural artifacts, tourism, just to name a few. Yet, despite that inescapable, intertwined, often troublesome relationship between American Indians and National Parks, little of tribal perspectives on the parks as ancestral and modern Native homelands, has reached a wide public audience.
The upcoming NPS centennial anniversary in 2016 affords American Indian Nations the opportunity to raise public consciousness on issues such as cultural resource protections, ancestral use of park lands, and participate in the benefits arising from increased visitation to the national parks during the centennial.
In 2011, AIANTA entered into a partnership with the National Park Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to insure full, uncensored tribal participation in NPS centennial interpretations, education, tourism and other programming efforts.
AIANTA Association Awarded Grant for Grand Canyon National Park, Desert View InterTribal Cultural Heritage Center and Native Artists Program
ArtPlace America has awarded the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, on behalf of the tribal heritage project partnership, a grant of $500,000 to further arts and culture at Desert View in Grand Canyon National Park. The grant will transform Desert View into a place to celebrate, share and learn about intertribal cultural heritage. Read more...