2020 AIANTA Webinar Series

AIANTA has teamed up with industry and federal partners to provide a series of webinars on resource development opportunities and other tourism related topics. Most webinars are designed to equip organizations with the information needed to find and apply for funding opportunities that support cultural heritage tourism development. Others provide needed information on challenges and obstacles facing the tourism industry.

All webinars are provided without charge. Join us for one or for the entire series.

Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
10 a.m. (Mountain)

Marketing Partnerships: Marketing to Re-emerging Travel

As the world begins to travel again after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, tribes must look strategically at the partnerships and tools available to bring visitors to explore tribal nations and their role in history and today.

Join AIANTA in partnership with the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail for this one-hour webinar. Learn how to restart and reimagine your cultural tourism product and also learn more about tourism marketing opportunities for your tourism enterprise and/or destination.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
10 a.m. (Mountain)

Ways the USFS and the USDA Support Cultural Heritage Tourism

More than just hiking and fishing, the “Recreation Economy” encompasses a diverse series of activities, which can provide a tremendous economic boost to tribal tourism programs. During this webinar, US Forest Service and USDA Rural Development staff highlight “Recreation Economy” opportunities and also detail resources Tribes can use to create jobs, improve the economy and grow their recreation and tourism programs.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Bureau of Indian Affairs NATIVE Act Implementation

The Native American Tourism & Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act, or Public Law 114-221, 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.

On-Demand Webinars

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Exploring Economic Development Administration (EDA) Funding Opportunities

To lead the federal economic development agenda EDA partners with Tribal Governments & Tribal Non-Profits and encourages its partners around the country to develop new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions.  As the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development, EDA facilitates regional economic development efforts in underserved communities across the nation.​

View Jodi Duncan Powerpoint

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Anza Trail and Tribal Tourism Marketing through Partnerships

The webinar will introduce the partnership-based project between the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and AIANTA to tell the stories and develop a tribal place name map of the Southern Arizona, Southern California, Central California and Northern California tribes associated with the trail. Join the National Park Service, Arizona Office of Tourism and AIANTA to learn how to market your tourism product through tourism partnerships and marketing opportunities.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

National Endowment for the Humanities Understanding the Focus and Approach for Funding Support from the NEH

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers grant funding to projects that are grounded in humanities fields, such as history, art history, anthropology, religious studies, or other disciplines focused on the study of human culture. This session provides an overview of NEH grant programs to help you identify which grants are most appropriate for your organization or community needs. application process.

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Wednesday, April 22,  2020

Tourism Marketing Resources for Tribes along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

In partnership with the National Park Service, AIANTA will work with tribes adjacent to the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to develop cultural heritage content and itineraries for the Trail’s new travel website LewisandClark.travel, as well as NativeAmerica.travel. The project will bring together businesses, attractions, landmarks and other points of interest on and around the trail to help promote sustainable tourism. Join the AIANTA, the National Park Service and Solimar International for this one-hour webinar to learn how to participate on these powerful marketing websites available at no charge.

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View Bruce Rettig PowerPoint

View Derek Schimme PowerPoint

Friday, April 17,  2020

CARES Act of 2020: Business Support Programs for the Cultural/Tribal Tourism Sector

Ms. Thomas will provide a critical and timely overview and assessment of the recently passed CARES Act of 2020 including the Small Business Administration’s new “Paycheck Protection Program” loan program and key tax benefits. Ms. Thomas will also provide insight into the Title V Stabilization Fund, an $8 billion set aside for Tribal governments through the Department of Treasury. These programs have the potential to provide needed resources to tribal enterprises and businesses across sectors, including the hard hit tourism sector.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Administration for Native Americans: Project Planning and Development for Cultural Heritage Tourism

Cultural tourism not only creates and grows new businesses and jobs, it can also help to strengthen and preserve local traditions, customs, language, and culture. Learn how an ANA Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) grant, designed to reduce or eliminate community problems and achieve community goals, can help your Tribe thrive through Cultural Heritage Tourism.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Grant Programs and Fellowships at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): Tips for Submitting a Competitive Application

Program staff from the Arts Endowment will introduce a range of grant opportunities and the National Heritage Fellowship program, including an overview of the programs, examples of successful projects, and things to consider when submitting an application or nomination. Program staff from the Arts Endowment will introduce a range of grant opportunities and the National Heritage Fellowship program. Staff will feature an overview of each program, examples of successful projects and things to consider when submitting an application or nomination.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

REAL ID: Are You Travel Ready?

Many Americans are unaware that they will soon need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license (or an acceptable alternative identification, such as a federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID) to fly on any domestic flight. According to a Fall 2019 survey by the U.S. Travel Association, 57% of Americans are unaware they will need to replace their ID to access domestic flights.

This webinar, conducted by Steve Yonkers, Director of the REAL ID Program, US Department of Homeland Security, will present the latest information on the REAL ID program and how you can help your Tribal members be prepared to have compliant IDs when they travel.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

National Park Service Resources for Protecting and Developing Cultural, Natural, and Recreation Tourism Assets

The National Park Service manages several grant and technical assistance programs that support the protection and development of cultural, natural, and recreation tourism assets.

This webinar focuses on Tribal Heritage Grants, including grant cycles and case studies of previous recipients, as well as technical assistance available from the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Grant Writing 101

This 90-minute webinar, featuring Gail Chehak of AIANTA and Anne Ketz of the 106 Group, provides insights on how to excel at Grant Writing.

Anne Ketz provides the basic elements of a grant proposal, what documents to include, and the importance of following-up on submission, while Gail will share information on where to seek funding opportunities.

View Anne Ketz’s PowerPoint.

View Gail Chehak’s PowerPoint.


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