ALLEGANY TERRITORY - The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) recognized the best of Indian Country tourism at its annual Excellence in Tourism Industry Awards. Awardees were announced on October 28, 2021 at the 23rd annual American Indian Tourism Conference held at the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort in Fort McDowell, Arizona.
The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum (SINM) was named Tribal Destination of the Year. The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum proudly houses an extensive collection of Hodinöhsö:ni’ historical and traditionally designed decorative and every-day-use items and archaeological artifacts. SINM, along with the Seneca Nation Archives Department, are the safe keepers of historical documents, including articles, special publications, historical and family photographs and various multi-media productions regarding the Onöndowa’ga:’ and Hodinöhsö:ni’. The Museum’s collection includes more than 10,000 cultural objects, 5,000 photographs and thousands of archaeological materials.
Seated Front Left: Brenda Kindt, THPO Manager, Councilor Arlene Bova : Back Row Left to Right; Councilor Angie Kennedy; Hayden Haynes, Museum Manager; Tristan Jimerson, Cultural Specialist; Art Hill, Records Manager; Dr. Joe Stahlman, Director; Johnna Crouse , Collections Manager and Conservator; Breann Crouse , Inventory Specialist; LaMarr Spruce, Maintenance; Rebecca Bowen, Archives Manager.
“We are delighted to honor these distinguished hospitality industry programs and professionals,” said Sherry L. Rupert, CEO AIANTA. “They perfectly exemplify how Native cultural and heritage programs can attract visitors while celebrating their own heritage and culture, and we congratulate all the winners and nominees.” Every year, AIANTA recognizes enterprises and individuals in four categories: tribal destination of the year, best cultural heritage experience, excellence in customer service and industry professional of the year.
Located at 82 West Hetzel Street, Salamanca, NY inside the Onöhsagwë:De’ Cultural Center, SINM is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Dr. Joe Stahlman, Director Seneca-Iroquois National Museum at 716.945.1760 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or logon to www.senecamuseum.org.
SPECIAL NOTE: The following video was produced by Seneca Media for presentation at the AIANTA Awards Ceremony: