Welcome to the AIANTA/Leave No Trace Partnership

Visitors and travelers are spending more time in tribal communities across the United States. But visitation does not always come with understanding.

In a recent article, Walker River Paiute Tribe chairman Amber Walker outlined a sentiment shared by many tribal communities.

[Visitors] wanted to get into our ancestral homelands as if it is their right to fish
and use our resources for recreation, when ultimately it is a privilege.”

–Amber Torres, Chairman
Walker River Paiute Tribe

Under a new partnership launched in April, AIANTA and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics will be working with tribal communities to develop an education messaging project that aims to increase awareness of tribal lands while also reducing avoidable impacts.

“Tribal lands are located on or adjacent to some of the most beautiful natural sites in the world and we are excited to work with Leave No Trace to solidify a message of responsible tourism to help protect these treasured destinations,” said Sherry L. Rupert, CEO of AIANTA. “AIANTA’s marketing and educational efforts directly align with the mission of Leave No Trace, which encourages travelers to leave minimal impact when visiting the great outdoors.”

The Project

The first phase of the project, launching Fall of 2021, will focus on increasing traveler awareness of Tribal Lands, not just in an historic context, but with modern-day considerations — including the what and where, the histories and the information needed to be a respectful and responsible visitor.

AIANTA and Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics ask for your input as a contributing author/editor to this project so your community can help authentically educate travelers before they arrive on tribal lands while also encouraging exploration that is satisfactory to tribes and travelers.

Your Participation

Your participation includes reviewing the first draft of an education resource, authored by AIANTA staff .

You will also be invited to join a short virtual call with AIANTA and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to discuss your thoughts about the resource. Our team’s goal is to have all revisions completed by mid-October.

The total time commitment for this aspect of the project will be roughly three hours.

Your participation is critical to the success of this project, which aims to reduce avoidable impacts from travelers, and will be available as a resource to all indigenous communities throughout the country.

We thank you in advance for considering this opportunity. For more information, please contact  Monica Poling, AIANTA Marketing & Public Relations Manager at mpoling@aianta.org.