Partnership Development

We build strategic partnerships, both public and private, to extend the reach of tribes and ensure authentic tribal experiences.

AIANTA’s best work is done by connecting with tribal, federal, state and industry leaders.  Through strong relationships with our partners and stakeholders, we are able to move our mission forward.  Since our founding, we have worked to grow our existing relationships while attracting new partners to support our work.

Through our strategic partnerships, AIANTA works to educate state, federal and industry leaders so they support and facilitate a thriving Indian Country tourism industry. In our work with strategic partners, we help to cut through the noise of global tourism promotion to elevate tribal destinations among travelers, tour operators, travel agents, the media and nationally.

Our Valued Partners

Federal

  • U.S. Department of Interior
    – Bureau of Indian AffairsTribal Technical Assistance Programs
    – National Park Service
    – Bureau of Land Management
    – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    – U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
  • U.S. Small Business Administration

State

Member Partners:

  • Arizona Office of Tourism
  • Colorado Tourism Office
  • Hawaii Tourism Authority
  • Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development
  • Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department
  • South Dakota Department of Tourism
  • Wyoming Office of Tourism

Tribal

  • National Congress of American Indians (MOU)
  • National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
  • Native American Rights Fund (MOU)
  • National Indian Gaming Association (MOU)
  • American Recreation Coalition
  • American Association of Parks and Recreation
  • American Indian Law Center
  • Native American Tourism of Wisconsin
  • Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes

Industry

  • U.S. Travel Association
  • National Tour Association (MOU)
  • National Geographic Society Sustainable Destinations
  • George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies
  • International Tourism Marketing
  • Western States Tourism Policy Council (MOU)
  • Kilpatrick Stockton and Townsend (LOI)
  • Powers Pyles, Sutter and Verville PC (LOI)
  • Hobbs Straus Dean and Walker LLP (LOI)
  • Akerman, LLP

AIANTA welcomes new partnerships to expand our impact and increase collaboration throughout Indian Country and the tourism industry.

If you are interested in joining AIANTA as a strategic partner, contact Hannah Peterson, AIANTA’s Development Director at hpeterson@aianta.org or 505.361.2168.

Gathering Together for Work or Play

Gathering Together for Work or Play

Gathering Together Every September, AIANTA produces the American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC), a gathering of tribal enterprises, Native-opwned businesses and tourism professionals from around the country.  "Dreams gather quickly like Spring crows, and they...

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Native Art Show at AITC

Native Art Show at AITC

Artisans at the AITC Native Art Show include award-winning craftspeople, many of which are featured in the nation’s top galleries and museums.

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AITC 2019 Speakers

AITC Keynote Speeches How Indigenous Tourism is Reshaping Tourism in Canada Tuesday, Sept. 17; 11:45 a.m. Keith Henry (Metis), President & CEO Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada Authentically Cultivating Cultural Tourism Wednesday, Sept. 18; 11:45 a.m....

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Words of Welcome

Words of Welcome

Our tribal partners, cultural heritage scholars and other language experts share how they say “Hello” or “Welcome” in their Native languages.

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Director’s Corner: Coming to a Community Near You

Director’s Corner: Coming to a Community Near You

While many people around the country welcome summer as a time for barbecues, get-togethers and family vacations, at AIANTA, summer is the time when we gear up for our American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC), held every September in alternating tribal destinations around the U.S.

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We the People

We the People

AIANTA queried our tribal partners and other language experts and asked how they say “The People” in their Native languages.

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Director’s Corner: Ready, Set, Go!

Director’s Corner: Ready, Set, Go!

As I finish my first month as Executive Director of AIANTA, it would be an understatement to say it’s been a busy start. My staff has had me on a whirlwind schedule filled with activities, conferences and one-on-one appointments.

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AMERICAN INDIANS AND ROUTE 66

More than half of Historic U.S. Route 66 lies in Indian Country, roughly 1,372 miles. AIANTA, in collaboration with the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program and Cherokee travel writer Lisa Hicks Snell, has published a tour guide of Route 66, bringing American Indian voices and a new perspective to this iconic highway.

To learn more, visit www.AmericanIndiansAndRoute66.com

NativeAmerica.Travel

NativeAmerica.travel is AIANTA’s premier destination website, connecting travelers to unique American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian destinations in the United States. Start marketing your destination with us today!

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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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Membership

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

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