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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, October 12, 2020
 
Twin Arrows Trading Post
Features AIANTA’s American Indians & Route 66 Guide // The Flashnites, October 10, 2020
 
AIANTA’s Tourism Industry Leaders Power Forward
The pandemic may have temporarily brought tourism operations across Tribal Nations to a standstill, but venues have reopened with safety measures in place, and Tribes are preparing for a resurgence when the dust settles. // Native Business, September 30, 2020
 
Native Travel Group Names Cherokee Nation Top Destination
Cherokee Nation was recently named as the 2020 Tribal Destination of the Year by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. // Tulsa World, September 21, 2020
 
Cherokee Nation Receives National Recognition
Cherokee Nation was recently named as the 2020 Tribal Destination of the Year by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. // The Claremore Progress, September 18, 2020
 
Cherokee Nation wins tribal destination, customer service awards
The Cherokee Nation earned an esteemed award from the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association at its annual Enough Good People Industry Awards on Sept. 16 during the 22nd annual American Indian Tourism Conference. // Tahlequah Daily Press, September 18, 2020
 

AIANTA Recognizes Best Tribal Destinations

The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) recognized the best tribal destinations and tourism industry leaders at its annual Enough Good People Industry Awards program. // e-Turbo News, September 17, 2020
 
Cherokee Nation wins tribal destination, customer service awards
 The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) has announced the keynote lineup for its annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) Sept. 14-18.. // Los Alamos Daily Post, August 13, 2020

AIANTA Board Positions open in Alaska, Midwest, Southwest
e-TurboNews; August 15, 2020
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) Nominating Committee met on August 13, 2020 to nominate a slate of candidates recommended for each position on the AIANTA Board of Directors to be filled by election.

AIANTA Announces All-Star Lineup of Native Women to Address Virtual Conference
Native News Online; August 13, 2020
Even though the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) annual conference had to go virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Country’s premier national travel association has named an all-star lineup of Native women to address those attending the conference from afar.

See also: Indian Country Today; Indianz.comLos Alamos Daily Post

Service workers risk health and livelihoo
Waiters, hair dressers, clerks and otherswho work face-to-face with customers face a lot of uncertainty. Their jobs have been on the line or eliminated since coronavirus restrictions began in March. As some states start reopening, service workers also put themselves at greater risk dealing with the public. At the same time, business owners are confronting significant revenue losses, state health restrictions, and evolving CDC guidelines in order to navigate through the pandemic. // Native America Calling; July 16, 2020

Eating Up Easter
Following an OVEE virtual Indie Lens PopUp Screening of Eating Up Easter, New Mexico PBS featured a discussion by filmmakers Sergio and Elena Rapu, as well as Jerry Redfern and Megan Kamerick of the Society of Professional Journalists, and Emerson Vallo and Sherry Rupert from American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association . // View Eating Up Easter on New Mexico PBS; View PBS Discussion with Sherry Rupert & Emerson Vallo; June 17, 2020

Comeback Trail
Before the pandemic, indigenous tourism in North America was an economic engine that helped tribes share and preserve cultures. Stakeholders say it’s more important than ever that tourism picks up where it left off. // Travel Weekly; May 28, 2020

Interested in a Career in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry?
AIANTA is proud to offer the Tourism & Hospitality Scholarship, which provides American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students with financial assistance towards a degree or certificate in hospitality, tourism, recreation, culinary arts or related fields. // Newe News, Sosonrih People of the Wind River Reservation; May 27, 2020 

Tribes Highlighted Along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
A new three-year project, being conducted by The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and The National Park Service (NPS), aims to find and share the stories of the Native American Tribes that intersect with the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. // Native News Online; Jan. 30, 2020

See also: The Seminole Tribune

A Backstage Pass to Top Entertainment Venues in Indian Country
“We are seeing more Native American Tribes derive economic benefits and marketing exposure from their amphitheaters and entertainment venues,” says Sherry L. Rupert, AIANTA’s executive director. “Across the country, Native-owned amphitheaters continue to be highly rated and top the lists for favorite venue locations.” // Native Business Magazine, Jan. 28, 2020

Indigenous Stories
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) has partnered with USA’s National Park Service to find and share the stories of Native American tribes that intersect with the 4,900-mile (7,886-kilometre) Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. // Good Tourism Blog; Jan. 25, 2020

AIANTA To Highlight Tribes Along The Lewis And Clark National Historic Trail
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association has partnered with the National Park Service to find and share the stories of Native American tribes that intersect with the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. // National Parks Traveler; Jan 23. 2020

See also: NPS.org

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism ASsocation to Host 2-Day “Go International” Training
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is hosting its annual “Go International” training in Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 27-28, 2020. // Native News Online; Jan. 5 ,2020

See also: Indigenous New England

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