11/1/2022

Native American Heritage Month: Connecting Our Heritage with Our Commitments

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During November, we recognize Native American Heritage Month by acknowledging and celebrating the rich and diverse history, heritage and culture of Native people across the United States.

Throughout the month, we’re sharing the impact of our Native American and Indigenous employees, and how our Brands are stepping up through our partners to support communities — particularly working with Native American tribes on our Water Positive Future environmental sustainability commitments.

Driving a Water Positive Future for Native Communities

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On social media, we’re sharing our partnerships with NGOs and tribal leaders who are working every day to improve, maintain or protect water resources in water-stressed areas of the U.S

Follow #WaterWednesday on Twitter and Instagram to learn more.

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Water is a source of strength and a foundation for culture. It is important to preserve it now and for generations to come.

Darren Parry of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation and Josh Moore of the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) provide a glimpse into sacred water spaces and the importance of improving, protecting and conserving them.

The Wuda Ogwa Water and Habitat Eco-Restoration project we support will recover and improve a mile of habitat along Battle Creek, ultimately restoring natural ecosystems and enhancing water quality for the community.

P&G is committed to channeling support behind projects like these, where we can create a ripple effect, bringing greater awareness to the work out partners are doing and strengthening their efforts for greater impact.

Josh Moore, General Farm Manager, Colorado River Indian Tribes

Indigenous peoples have to innovate over time in order to survive.

-Josh Moore,
General Farm Manager, Colorado River Indian Tribes

Josh, who considers himself a “millennial farmer”, is proud of his heritage and passionate about innovating to do more with less and ensuring a future for the next generation of farmers.

P&G and Cascade partnered with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to support the CRIT Systems Conservation project. This project supports the tribes’ longer-term efforts to modernize irrigation systems and conserve water. Additionally, it is helping to directly shore up declining water levels in Lake Mead, an essential water source for millions of people in the western United States.

Darren Parry

To Native Americans water is life.

-Darren Parry,
Councilman, Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation

Darren Parry is a talented storyteller from the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, which we are supporting through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to help restore the site of the 1863 Bear River Massacre, where over 400 Shoshones lost their lives.

This project aims to recover and improve a mile of habitat along Battle Creek, restoring the natural ecosystems and enhancing water quality for the community.

Click here to learn more about our strategy to help build a #WaterPositiveFuture that can sustain people and nature now, and for generations to come.

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Josh Moore

Traveling from the East Sand Slough in California to the Colorado River Indian Reservation in Arizona, we visit Vice Chairman Frankie Myer from the Yurok Tribe, Mel Figueroa, Chairwoman Amelia Flores, Josh Moore and others who honor their legacy and are working every day to improve, maintain or protect water resources in water stressed areas of the U.S.

“The river has always taken care of the people. Sustaining the life of the Mojave people, and sustaining the life of the Chemehuevi, the Hopi and Navajo.” – Chairwoman Amelia Flores, Colorado River Indian Tribes, from P&G’s The Ripple Effect: The Connected Story of Water.

To bring these important stories to life, we partnered with Vice to highlight the interconnectedness of water, the need to act now to address water challenges and the role companies like P&G can play.

Driving Impact and Connections for Native Employees

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Our employees are connected through the Native American Network – one of our affinity groups (i.e., employee resource groups) – which brings together employees of diverse cultures and backgrounds to help drive awareness and drive positive impact in the communities where we operate.

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The network works closely with several tribes to help organize regular educational, volunteer and social events for employees. In order to help create greater awareness and inclusivity, employees with both Native and non-Native backgrounds are invited to participate.

Click here to learn more about how this comes to life for the team of employees at our plant in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Be sure to come back and visit this page throughout November for more updates!