ABOUT US

To promote the development of Indian Tourism in Arizona while respecting the cultural integrity of the tribes.

The Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA) is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c) 3 membership organization established in 1994. Overseen by a nine-member board, AAITA involves Native businesses and professionals as members, who voluntarily work together to increase tourism on Arizona Indian communities.

Welcome address from AAITA President

“I look forward to serving as president of Arizona American Indian Tourism Association and to assist the twenty-two tribes in Arizona with promoting travel and tourism within the native communities to strengthen their local economy. AAITA has a goal to promote quality hospitality and preserve cultural traditions. We have been very fortunate to have many partnerships to continue with empowerment opportunities for Arizona tribes. AAITA is a 501c nonprofit organization since 1994, we seek funding resources and help develop marketing strategies to increase tourism and strengthen communities by continuing to keep our culture and language alive. I would like to thank my colleagues for having faith in me and voting for me, it has been a joy and a challenge to serve on this board for eleven years now. I would also like to congratulate the newly elected board members.”

Geri Hongeva
AAITA Board President

BOARD MEMBERS

Dorothy Denetsosie Gishie

Board Vice President (Navajo) – Program Manager at Native Americans for Community Action, Inc.

Biography

Steve Geiogamah

Board Treasurer (Kiowa) – Tourism Development Manager, City of Scottsdale

Biography

Amanda June

Board Secretary (Navajo/Hopi) - Founder/CEO, SmokeFire Media

Biography

Roann Carmelo

Board Member – (Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation)

Biography

Isaac Curley

Board Member (San Carlos Apache)

Biography

Carrie Nelson

Board Member (Navajo) – Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau

Biography

Raphael Bear

Board Member (Yavapai) – Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Biography

OUR PURPOSE

The AAITA organization is organized to be operated as a nonprofit corporation solely and exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes; specifically:

To promote environmentally acceptable, culturally appropriate, and economically sustainable tourism programs as defined by the local level;

To provide a visionary and leadership role for Native American Indian Community in the development and management of tourism programs;

To develop and provide educational materials and programs to visitors and Indian communities;

To assist tribes and communities in the formulation of tourism policies;

To sponsor, facilitate, and offer support to other organizations that promote linkage among tribes, tourism attractions, local communities and agencies;

Promote quality hospitality and visitor resources while prioritizing preservation and enhancement of Native American culture for future generations;

Seek funding resources, develop marketing strategies, and help communities to use tourism as a tool to revitalize culture, improve local quality of life and provide empowerment opportunities to the Indian Communities.