Our mission is to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.
When European explorers first experienced the wonders of North America more than five centuries ago, they soon realized they weren’t the first ones here. The land had actually been inhabited for millennia by native peoples as diverse as the land itself. Today, visitors are discovering the landscapes, histories, cultures, art and people of the USA’s Indian Country.
A visit to Indian Country offers authentic experiences and a chance to learn the history of the land and its inhabitants from those who live it, who grew up with it, and who learned it from the generations that came before them. The history and character of tribal places and their people are discovered through conversation and experience, and can only take place by visiting.
There are 567 federally recognized tribes in the U.S. as well as a number of state recognized tribes and Native Hawaiian tribes – all with their own unique stories to tell. To allow visitors to explore Indian Country more easily, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association has identified 12 regions that encompass tribal historic sites and landmarks. Every one of these regions has its own distinctive beauty, story, art, culture and attractions.