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A Brief History


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 businesses and professionals as members, who voluntarily work together to increase tourism on Arizona Indian communities. AAITA produces annually the national award-winning Arizona Indian Festival. In the year 2020, AAINTA (American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association) awarded AAITA the “Best Cultural Heritage Experience” award.

The Arizona Indian Festival is held in conjunction with Scottsdale’s Western Week the festival provides a new platform to tribal tourism and awareness of Arizona’s indigenous communities by creating an inclusive inter-tribal event celebrating culture, traditional arts, crafts, and foods, as well as innovations and trends in cultural tourism experiences in Arizona.

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Press Contact: Jeffrey Ferns
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The Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA) will present the Arizona Indigenous Culinary Experience on November 18, 2023, to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.

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The Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA) will host its annual Arizona Indian Festival in Scottsdale Civic Center on February 4 & 5, 2023.

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A message from the Board of Directors

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (October 5, 2021 )

On Saturday February 5, 2022 and Sunday February 6,2022, the
Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA)…

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (February 16, 2021)

On Saturday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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