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


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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 or 505.361.2168.

Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards: The 2022 Winners and Their Tourism Initiatives

Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards: The 2022 Winners and Their Tourism Initiatives

February 14, 2023; 10 a.m. (Mountain)

Join AIANTA in this webinar as we introduce the 2022-2023 Excellence in Tourism Industry Award Winners from Best Cultural Heritage Experience, Excellence in Customer Service, Tribal Destination of the Year, and Industry Professional of the Year. You will hear from the winners and their tourism initiatives that helped them win these awards.

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Hidden Treasures: Amazing Collections and Resources at the Indian Arts and Crafts Board Museums

Hidden Treasures: Amazing Collections and Resources at the Indian Arts and Crafts Board Museums

In this session, we will reintroduce the Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) and learn about their regional museums and some of their programs which can be replicated elsewhere, including art directories, promoting local art and history, and learn about the invaluable resources available. As it says on the Department of the Interior website, “The Interior Museum Program looks after one of the largest and most important museum collections in the world.”

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Webinar: Funding Opportunities to Conserve and Restore Tribal Forestland

Webinar: Funding Opportunities to Conserve and Restore Tribal Forestland

A conversation with the USDA Forest Service and special guests about how the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program, Landscape Scale Restoration, and Recreation Economy for Rural Communities can be used as tools to conserve and restore forestland and cultural resources and in turn support Tribal tourism and recreation efforts.

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AITC Mobile Workshops 2022

AITC Mobile Workshops 2022

AITC Mobile Workshops At the Annual American Indian Tourism Conference, AIANTA in partnership with the local host Tribe showcases Native tourism experiences around the conference host site. This year, at the 25th Annual AITC held in Durant, Oklahoma, the Choctaw...

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AITC Business of Art Workshop

AITC Business of Art Workshop

Business of Art for artists is a workshop that will discuss working with your tribe to promote tourism; pricing and marketing; working with galleries and museums and much more.

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Town Hall: Sharing Stories: Native American Artists and the Creative Economy

Town Hall: Sharing Stories: Native American Artists and the Creative Economy

Native American arts, including visual arts, music, theatre, dance, literature and beyond, are among the most promising ways to expand tourism and the economic success of rural and urban Native communities. Historically underestimated, Native Artists play a pivotal role in building economies, generating tourism assets and simultaneously preserving cultural heritage.

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Learn how to submit your visitor attractions on AIANTA’s destination website. Take advantage of this marketing tool which connects tribes directly to domestic and international travelers, and invites visitors to explore Indian Country.

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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.

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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