Hear More from AIANTA: Upcoming Events

NAFOA’s Fall Finance and Tribal Economic Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma

October 2-3, 2017

AIANTA Executive Director Camille Ferguson and AIANTA At-Large Board Representative Travis Owens will be speak on the panel, “Growing Revenue by Expanding our Culture of Hospitality,” during the 2017 Fall Finance & Tribal Economies Conference.

The conference is hosted by the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA), and brings together tribal leaders, finance industry professionals, advocates and representatives from the U.S. government to discuss pressing economic issues facing tribal governments. AIANTA is excited to bring the topic of tourism as a means of economic development and revenue growth to the table at this conference.

International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Albuquerque, New Mexico

October 10, 2017

AIANTA Website Development Coordinator Sandra Anderson and AIANTA Outreach Coordinator Gail Chehak will give a half day workshop at this conference, where they will cover “Tribal Cultural Tourism as a Tool for Community and Economic Development.”

In this workshop, participants will learn how to address the needs of tourists who are seeking an authentic Native experience and help museums and cultural sites become such destinations. How do communities determine which assets are needed to build itineraries that attract visitors while bringing social and economic benefits to the community? In this new and innovative workshop, representatives from the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) will provide the resources needed to help start or enhance a tribal tourism program, including detailed step-by-step training on how to promote destinations to the international market on the website NativeAmerica.travel. AIANTA will also share case studies of how tourism successfully enhanced preservation and engaged communities at Grand Canyon and along Route 66.

11th Annual Biz Fest, Maui, Hawaii

October 11, 2017

AIANTA Executive Director Camille Ferguson will be speaking about AIANTA, the NATIVE Act, potential funding and partnership opportunities, an overview of AIANTA programs as well as her experience in cultural tourism development.

Camille will be speaking alongside U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI); Hawaii State Senator Brickwood Galuteria; Chairman of the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA); and Founder and President of the Hawaii based Life Enchantment Institute of the Pacific LLC Ramsay Mahealani Taum. 

A Warm Thank You to Our Partners

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Native American Agriculture Fund

Bureau of Land Management

National Park Service

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail


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Education & Training

Technical assistance and training is the heartbeat of our work at AIANTA. We provide general and tailored technical assistance, training and education in a variety of ways.

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International Outreach

AIANTA plays a critical role in supporting the National Travel and Tourism Strategy to bring more visitors to the United States, especially in our participation at trade shows internationally and domestically, to promote tourism in Indian Country.

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Through AIANTA membership, tribes, the tourism industry and other partners form a dynamic network of shared experiences, resources and support.

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