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.

Enough Good People Industry Awards

Every year, AIANTA recognizes tribal tourism enterprises and individuals 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.

Enough Good People Director’s Awards

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



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

The nomination deadline has been extended to Friday, August 2, 2019 at 5 p.m. (MDT).

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, Sept. 18, 2019; 7:00 p.m.

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

Gala tickets are also included in each full AITC registration package. Members of the general public are also invited to attend–tickets are $75 each.

Table Sponsorships are available at $1,000 for a table of eight.


Previous 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

Director’s 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

Director’s Awards

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


Click here to learn more about all previous Enough Good People Award winners.




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