New AIANTA Members
Meet AIANTA’s Newest Members:
AIANTA’s membership network brings together tribal and industry leaders promoting and growing cultural tourism throughout Indian Country. Take a moment to meet some of our newest members below. Or view a
Sealaska Heritage Institute
Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to perpetuate and enhance the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Its goal is to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. Sealaska Heritage also conducts social, scientific and public policy research that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artist Committee and a Southeast Regional Language Committee.
We offer numerous programs promoting Southeast Alaskan Native culture, including language and art. We maintain a substantial archive of Southeast Alaskan Native ethnographic material. We partner with local schools to promote academics and cultural education. Biennially, we produce Celebration, Alaska’s second-largest Native gathering. We own and operate the Sealaska Heritage Store, and curate an ongoing cultural exhibit on the first floor of our headquarters in Juneau’s landmark Walter Soboleff Building. www.sealaskaheritage.org
106 Group, founded in 1992 in St. Paul, MN, is an award-winning firm built on the belief that communities are strongest when they evolve with a rooted sense of their own authentic heritage. For over 25 years, we have assisted Native American and Indigenous communities in developing innovative ways to document and promote resources and uncover powerful stories. Cultural tourism is meant to sustain and enhance the character of a place for those who live there while also providing a meaningful experience for visitors. We use strategic planning to fulfill the mission, vision, and principles of a cultural tourism program by outlining the implementation, expertise, schedule, and costs that will best achieve key objectives. Our company-wide commitment to history and culture is the connecting thread that weaves throughout our diverse portfolio that includes planning, interpretation and design, community engagement, archaeology, and architectural history services. www.106group.com
Pueblo of Sandia
The Pueblo of Sandia is a federally recognized Indian tribe located in central New Mexico and adjacent to Albuquerque, the largest metropolitan area in New Mexico. The reservation covers 22,877 acres on the east side of the Rio Grande Valley. Sandia Pueblo is one of 19 pueblos located throughout New Mexico.
The Sandia people are members of the pre-Columbian Tiwa language group who once dominated the Albuquerque area and their lineage can be traced back to the Aztec civilization who later migrated to the New Mexico region. The present site has been home to the Sandia people, where they have cultivated the land and raised their families, since 1300 AD. The Sandia Mountain provides the source of their spirituality as well as plants, animals and other resources which have been critical to their survival in this desert region. Once the largest pueblo in the area with more than 3000 people, they currently have just under 500 members.
The Pueblo of Sandia owns and operates several thriving enterprises to help create a broad economic base to ensure its financial future as a self-reliant Tribe. The Pueblo of Sandia employs over 2,000 residents of the Albuquerque area including both Indians and Non-Indians. In addition, the Pueblo makes a significant contribution to the state economy in the way of salaries, goods and services purchased. sandiapueblo.nsn.us
Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Mole Lake Band
The Sokaogon (Mole Lake) Chippewa Community is located in Northeastern Wisconsin. It enjoys three beautiful lakes either on or adjacent to the small reservation: Mole Lake, Bishop Lake and Rice Lake, which lies at the headwaters of the Wolf River. The Mole Lake area boasts hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails, hiking and mountain biking trails, ATV/UTV trails, and cross-country ski trails. There are over 800 lakes, 82 trout streams and 400,000 acres of public wilderness land teeming with wildlife in the vicinity. If you are looking for bald eagles, they are easy to spot soaring above Mole Lake and nearby lakes and streams. The Mole Lake Minnows and More provides outdoor gear and a place for sportsmen and women to gather. The Sokaogon Chippewa Community host two annual pow-wow’s each year. The Annual T.R.A.I.L.S. Youth Pow-Wow is held every March and the Annual “Ode-imini-giizis” Strawberry Moon Pow-Wow is held every June. The Sokaogon Chippewa Cenex gas station has a wide variety of products. The Mole Lake Casino Lodge & Conference Center offers 75 spacious rooms, slot machines, table games, bingo, live entertainment, dancing, a full-service Conference Center, and dining in Cafe Manoomin that features various specials, including a wild rice soup every day. www.sokaogonchippewa.com
Utah Office of Tourism, Film & Global Branding
Blossom Sustainable Development, Shinecock Indian Nation
Nisqually Indian Tribe
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Center Pole, The Crow Indian Reservation
Detours Native America
MacLeod Farley & Associates
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Tribal Solutions Group
Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians
Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Tours
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corporation
Southeast Tourism Society
Tribal Business Journal
American Indian Resource Center, Inc.
Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc
City of Gallup Tourism
Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, Inc.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
The Cascade Loop
Hyatt Regency Tamaya
TDX St. Paul Island Tour Alaska