Enough Good People Awards

“Through all the fits and starts, challenges and triumphs, we never doubted that good things would happen because there were, in every situation, enough good people to push or pull or argue us through to the next step.”

–Louis Adams, Salish

The Best of Indian Country Tourism

As the only organization dedicated to advancing tribal tourism across the United States, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) recognizes the best of Indian Country travel and tourism with the annual Enough Good People awards.

Every year, enterprises and individuals are recognized in three categories: Destination of the Year, Best Cultural Heritage Experience and Excellence in Customer Service. These awardees represent tourism entities that foster a greater understanding and appreciation of authentic culture, history, heritage and/or the arts.

Winners of these prestigious awards are selected by a panel of judges, all experts in the tourism industry.

Any AIANTA member in good standing can be nominated for an award. If the nominee is a non-member, the organization submitting the nomination may sponsor the nominee’s membership.

In addition to the “Destination Awards,” AIANTA’s Board of Directors recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on tribal tourism and/or who have helped AIANTA achieve its mission.

Nomination Deadline

For more information on categories and criteria, download our Enough Good People Nomination Packet now.

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. (MST), Friday, July 19, 2019.

For more information, contact Sherrie Bowman at sbowman@aianta.org


American Indian Tourism Conference

The awards are presented during the Enough Good People Awards Gala and Silent Auction held during the annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC).

21st Annual American Indian Tourism Conference
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Wednesday, September 18, 2019; 7:00 p.m.

Winners will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the event (travel not included) and recognition through post-event promotions highlighting all the award recipients.

Table sponsorships are available for $1,000 for a table of eight. Proceeds from table sponsorships support AIANTA’s Scholarship Program.

Past Winners


Tribal Destination of the Year
Cherokee Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, Cherokee, N.C.

The Best Cultural Heritage Experience Award
Indian Summer Festival, Milwaukee, WI

Excellence in Customer Service Award
Suquamish Museum, Suquamish, WA

Individual Awards

  • Ed Hall, Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Ethel Makinen (Sitka Tribe of Alaska), Sitka Native Education Program (retired)


Tribal Destination of the Year
Talking Stick Resort, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Best Cultural Heritage Experience
Stewart Father’s Day Powwow

Excellence in Customer Service
Donovan Hanley, DETOURS Native America

Individual Awards

  • Marcie Metropolus, Great Lakes Inter-tribal Council (In Memoriam)
  • Danny Marti, Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton, LLC
  • Keith Harper, Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton, LLC


Tribal Destination of the Year
Icy Strait Point, Huna Totem Corporation

Best Cultural Heritage Experience
Puye Cliff Dwellings, Pueblo of Santa Clara

Excellence in Customer Service
Tina Whitegeese, Pueblo of Pojoaque

Individual Awards

  • Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Cherokee Nation
  • Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii


Tribal Destination of the Year
Acoma Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum

Best Cultural Heritage Experience
Alaskan Dream Cruises

Excellence in Customer Service
Grand Canyon Skywalk: Monica Sedillo, Elroy Havaton, Rory Majenty, Hualapai Tribe

Individual Awards

  • David Uberuaga, Former Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park
  • Joe Garcia, Former Governor, Ohkay Owingeh
  • Kristen Lamoureux, PhD
  • Ron Erdmann, former Deputy Director of Research, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, U.S. Department of Commerce.



Tribal Destination of the Year
Chickasaw Country of Oklahoma

Best Cultural Heritage Experience
Alaska Native Voices, Huna Totem Alaska Village Corporation

Excellence in Customer Service
Cook Inlet Region, Incorporated (also known as CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation)

Individual Awards

  • Diane Chalfant, former Deputy Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park
  • Jana Prewitt, former Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior, and AIANTA Consultant
  • Vicki Dixon, former Program Analyst, Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior
  • John Echohawk, Executive Director, Native American Rights Fund (NARF)


Tribal Destination of the Year
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico

Best Cultural Heritage Experience
The POEH Center, Pueblo of Pojoaque and Standing Rock Tribal Tourism

Individual Awards

  • Bill Hardman, Southeast Tourism Society
  • Gail Adams, former U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs
  • Julia Washburn, Associate Director for Interpretation and Education, National Park Service
  • Martha Redbone, Singer/Songwriter/Artist
  • Sammye Meadows, former AIANTA Public Lands Partnership Consultant
  • Tex G. Hall, Past Chairman, Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation; Past President, National Congress of the American Indian
  • Sandra Necessary, former International Trade specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce


Tribal Destination of the Year
Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism
Pyramid Lake, Paiute Tribe (Honorable Mention)

Best Cultural Heritage Experience
Chickasaw Cultural Center
Arizona Indian Festival (Honorable Mention)

Excellence in Customer Service
Dawn Melvin, Arizona Department of Tourism


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