AIANTA Reports & Publications

AIANTA Brochures & Guides

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How to Responsibly Visit Tribal Nations and Alaska Native Villages: An Education Entry Point for Non-Indigenous Guests

The voice and lived experiences described in this resource come from a 25-member group of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian community members approaching education solutions for guests spending time in Indigenous communities across America.

Engaging Responsible Visitors Through Your Story

Engaging Responsible Visitors Through Your Story is a tool meant to be used by your community to communicate desired behavior, conduct and etiquette to your guests ahead of their visit to your lands.

Engaging Responsible Visitors Through Your Story A Companion Resource: A Visitors Tool

The Engaging Responsible Visitors Through Your Story A Companion Resource: A Visitors Tool is to be used with the Engaging Responsible Visitors Through Your Story: A Companion Resource to develop your guidelines, tips and recommendations for guest etiquette.

Cultural Heritage Tourism: A Planner for Indigenous Tourism Professionals

Within the pages of the Cultural Heritage Tourism Planner are the stories of the many tribes, Native business owners and other hospitality professionals who are taking control of their narrative, elevating their culture bearers, reclaiming their histories and driving better economic opportunities for their citizens while doing so.

Travel Trade Manual

The Travel Trade Manual Tourism Planner was designed to help Indigenous tourism professionals understand and navigate group travel and working with all levels of travel trade suppliers.

Case Studies in Tribal Agritourism

Case Studies in Tribal Agritourism, a groundbreaking new handbook by AIANTA, is developed for ranchers, farmers and other Native food producers interested in sharing culture, heritage and traditional food systems by expanding or developing agritourism enterprises.

About the NATIVE Act

The Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act serves to establish a more inclusive national travel and tourism strategy and has the potential to deliver significant benefits for tribes, including jobs creation, elevated living standards and expanded economic opportunities.

American Indians and Route 66

Route 66 was an officially commissioned highway from 1926 to 1985. During its lifetime, the road guided travelers through the lands of more than 25 tribal nations. This report takes you through Route 66 and modern day Native America.

AIANTA Storybook

As the only organization dedicated to advancing Indian Country tourism across the United States, AIANTA believes in the power of tribal storytelling. We work every day to support tribes as they tell the stories of their past, present and future and create authentic tribal experiences and unique travel destinations.

AIANTA Research

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Economic Impact of Indigenous Tourism Businesses (Fall 2021)

In 2017, there were 40,618 firms owned by American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiians (AIANNH) entrepreneurs in the U.S. tourism sector. This accounts for 26% of all 154,350 AIANNH-owned businesses.

State of Indian Country Tourism

The State of Indian Country Tourism Survey is conducted every year by querying more than 3,000 tribal tourism and Native-owned enterprises from AIANTA’s proprietary database.

Overseas Tourism to Indian Countr

Data for inbound travelers and residents of overseas countries who visited the United States and visited an American Indian community during their trip.

AIANTA Trade Show Materials

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About AIANTA

For nearly two decades, AIANTA has served as the national voice for American Indian nations engaged in cultural tourism. In addition to serving as the voice for Indian Country tourism, AIANTA provides technical assistance and training to Tribal nations and Native-owned enterprises engaged in tourism, hospitality and recreation.

AIANTA Impact Report

Learn how AIANTA’s efforts to provide technical assistance and training to the Native hospitality industry have impacted Native communities around the U.S. and have also provided support to global hospitality providers.

AIANTA Timeline

For nearly two decades, AIANTA has served as the national voice for American Indian nations engaged in cultural tourism. In addition to serving as the voice for Indian Country tourism, AIANTA provides technical assistance and training to Tribal nations and Native-owned enterprises engaged in tourism, hospitality and recreation.

2024 Top 10 Indigenous Experiences

Looking to explore Native American culture? These distinctive cultural experiences are often located alongside stunning landscapes on or adjacent to tribal lands across the U.S..

2023 Top Ten Indigenous Experiences

Looking to explore Native American culture? These distinctive cultural experiences are often located alongside stunning landscapes on or adjacent to tribal lands across the U.S..

2022 Top Ten Indigenous Experiences

Looking to explore Native American culture? These distinctive cultural experiences are often located alongside stunning landscapes on or adjacent to tribal lands across the U.S..

About NativeAmerica.travel

NativeAmerica.travel is the only destination website representing American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian visitor destinations and experiences.

15 Cultural Protocols to Know Before You Go

Before visiting Native America, consider fifteen cultural protocols to know before you go.

Native American Tours

Experiencing U.S. Indian Country in the company of a Native guide or tour operator provides an in-depth look at some of America’s most storied lands from a fresh perspective.

Pre-Columbian Sites

The first indigenous people to inhabit this land have been here since time immemorial. History buffs interested in exploring ancient cultures and indigenous historic sites in the U.S. can find inspiration within.

2022 Lewis And Clark Flier

The National Park Service (NPS) and the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) invite Tribal Nations and Native-owned businesses to partner with us on a sustainable tourism program that will help travelers find unique local tourism experiences along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. .

Anza Trail Flyer

In a one-of-a-kind partnership with the National Park Service, AIANTA is chronicling the attractions and businesses of the tribes located on or near the Anza Trail. The three-year partnership will culminate in a print/online guidebook reflecting tribal attractions at key spots along the Trail.

AIANTA Reports

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Report: Lewis and Clark Trail Partnerships 2021 (U.S. National Park Service)
In October, AIANTA’s virtual Town Hall Series shifted to an in-person forum during our 23rd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference in Fort McDowell, Arizona. The all-region gathering was open to AITC attendees. Led by AIANTA CEO Sherry L. Rupert and Board President Emerson Vallo, the session highlighted the tourism industry’s successes and challenges of fiscal year 2021 and unveiled AIANTA’s new initiatives for the coming year.

Report: AIANTA Town Hall Session October 2021
In October, AIANTA’s virtual Town Hall Series shifted to an in-person forum during our 23rd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference in Fort McDowell, Arizona. The all-region gathering was open to AITC attendees. Led by AIANTA CEO Sherry L. Rupert and Board President Emerson Vallo, the session highlighted the tourism industry’s successes and challenges of fiscal year 2021 and unveiled AIANTA’s new initiatives for the coming year.

Report: AIANTA Town Hall Session September 2021
AIANTA CEO, Ms. Sherry L. Rupert (Paiute/Washoe) introduced guests Jamie Lee Marks, Director of Tribal and National Partnerships and Dr. Megan Springate, Director of Engagement from the America250 Foundation and Ben Lawhon, Senior Director of Research and Consulting of Leave No Trace Center to discuss new initiatives and opportunities beginning in FY 2022.

Report: AIANTA Town Hall Session June 2021
AIANTA Board President Emerson Vallo (Pueblo of Acoma) and CEO Sherry L. Rupert (Paiute/Washoe) lead a discussion about AIANTA’s consumer website, NativeAmerica.travel. The site,
celebrating its 6th anniversary in 2021, provides travel ideas and inspiration to visitors interested in exploring indigenous experiences throughout the country.

Report: AIANTA Town Hall Session April 2021
Read a summary of AIANTA’s first Town Hall Session, where AIANTA Board President Emerson Vallo and CEO Sherry L. Rupert shared the results of AIANTA’s State of Tourism Industry Survey for 2021, and introduced two possible concepts for redistribution of AIANTA’s designated national tourism regions.

Report: AITC 2020 Regional Meeting Summary
During the 22nd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference, AIANTA hosted regional breakout sessions for our six regions. The focus of this year’s gatherings included the impact of COVID-19 on cultural tourism and the priorities as we emerge from the pandemic. The regional breakout sessions were hosted virtually
by members of AIANTA’s Board of Directors and supported by staff.

2019 in Review: A Snapshot of AIANTA’s Year
2019 was an incredibly productive year for the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association as well as a successful year for tourism throughout Indian Country in the United States.

2019 AITC Information Gathering Session
During the 21st Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, AIANTA hosted it’s first ever-Information Gathering Session.

AIANTA Memoranda of Understanding

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MOU w/ Department of the Interior / Department of Commerce
At the 2018 American Indian Tourism Conference, AIANTA Executive Director Camille Ferguson joined Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs and Mike Platt, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce in signing an historic Memorandum of Understanding designating AIANTA as the national nonprofit association charged with working with federal agencies to carry out provisions of the NATIVE Act.

 

 

Feature image courtesy of Don Graham, Flickr.com

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Native American Agriculture Fund

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

Bureau of Land Management

National Endowment of the Arts

National Park Service

United States Forest Service