Sherry L. Rupert, Co-Chair and President American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)
Sherry Rupert is Executive Director of the Nevada Indian Commission, appointed by Governor Kenny Guinn in 2005. Rupert was sworn in by Governor Brian Sandoval as the first American Indian woman appointed to his Cabinet. With more than 20 years of tribal and business experience, she has a background in a finance, tourism and Indian Affairs.
Rupert is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, and is past president of the Native American Chapter of the University’s Alumni Association. She has also served as president of the Governors’ Interstate Indian Council and as president of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association.
Rupert was named to the prestigious U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board and is a board member of the Stewart Indian School Preservation Alliance.
In 2011 Rupert was awarded the Statewide Excellence in Tourism Award from the Nevada Commission on Tourism for her success in promoting and advancing tourism in Indian Country. She also received the 2009 Human and Civil Rights Award from the Nevada State Education Association for her work in the advancement of Indian education.