This year, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) celebrates its 23rd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) in Scottsdale, Arizona at the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort on October 25-28, 2021.  AITC is the only national conference in the U.S. specific to Native tourism bringing together industry leaders, government agencies, cultural artisans, Native entrepreneurs, domestic and international tour operators and other tourism industry professionals to “talk tourism,” giving AIANTA the opportunity to create a collective voice towards the advancement of Native tourism and initiatives.


This three-day conference concludes with an evening gala, the 10th annual “Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards Gala and Silent Auction,” hosted by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.  This silent auction raises direct funding support for AIANTA’s Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship Program benefiting Native students pursuing post-secondary degrees in Hospitality and Tourism Management and other tourism-related fields. Our goals are to ensure that Native students have the financial means to supplement their tuition dollars and that we continue to maintain our commitment to grow emerging tribal leaders within our Native communities. To date, AIANTA has awarded 22 scholarships to Native students from across the country through this program.    


The ongoing success of this Scholarship Fundraising event is largely due to the humble generosity of our Native communities, partners, and donors like you.  We would be honored if your tribe, Native community, business or organization would consider donating an item to our Silent Auction.  Don’t yet know what you might donate? Please contact Ariel Richardson at or call (505) 724-3592 to discuss your donation, or should you need more information. Remember, your donation is tax-deductible, and all Silent Auction donations must be received by September 30, 2021 and mailed to 2401 12th Street NW, Albuquerque NM 87104.  


There are also other ways that you can make an impact and support this wonderful cause!  If you would like to make a financial pledge directly to the Scholarship Fund, please click on the following to make a tax-deductible donation:


For more information about AIANTA, the AITC Conference or personal assistance with purchasing a table at the Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards Gala and Silent Auction, please contact Sherrie L. Bowman at or call (505) 209-2479. 


Thank you for your continued support of AIANTA and allowing us the opportunity to tell, gah’nahvah (Yavapai), our scholarship story.  We humbly appreciate your consideration of our request for a donation to this event and will follow up shortly.  May 2021 reward you with good health and much success!