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 partnership launched in 2021, AIANTA and Leave No Trace are 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, which launched in 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.

A tribal steering group (open by invitation only), will meet January 12, 2022  to provide input on language and messaging.

Steering Committee Participation

Participants will serve as contributing authors/editors to this project so their communities can help authentically educate travelers before they arrive on tribal lands.

Participation includes reviewing the first draft of an education resource, authored by AIANTA staff. Participants will also be invited to join a short virtual call with AIANTA and Leave No Trace to discuss their thoughts about the resource. Our team’s goal is to have all revisions completed by mid-March.

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

Native 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.

For more information, please contact  Jaqueline Robledo, AIANTA Content & Social Media Coordinator at jrobledo@aianta.org.