Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

AT&T Blog Team
November 23, 2021
Community Impact

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

To commemorate Native American Heritage Month, we recognize Native Peoples’ many sacrifices, contributions and achievements – as well as celebrate their rich and vibrant cultures.

We kicked off the month learning more about Tom Brooks, AT&T Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs and his Native American upbringing in a Mohawk family. In his blog, Tom shares the work AT&T is doing to help Tribal lands close the digital divide by offering low-cost options, educational resources, and economic opportunity to those who don’t have broadband connectivity today.

Our AT&T Native American employees also shared the important tradition of Land Acknowledgements and what it means to the community to recognize Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land.

What’s new: Humanity of Connection, the multicultural network of dynamic leaders and influencers powered by AT&T, is collaborating with two great organizations to bring listeners a variety of discussions, including –

  • Hupitit Pari’s Podcast. We collaborated with Hupitit Pâri (Pawnee Star) – a podcast developed by two young Pawnee tribal members – on two episodes featuring:
    • Elizabeth Rule, of American University, talks about her research projects dedicated to the contemporary Indigenous experience. Listen here.
    • Robin Maxkii, Native American Technology Activist, Filmmaker and Writer, talks about how to broaden the participation of Native Americans in education and technology. Listen here.
  • Tribal Talks: Native American & Latino Intersections. Inter-Tribal Council of AT&T Employees (ICAE) and AT&T Humanity of Connection presented Tribal Talks: Native American & Latino Intersections.
    • The first episode featured special guest Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas, Annette Anderson and F. Anthony Falcon to learn more about those with dual Native and Latino heritage. Watch here.
    • Stay-tuned for the next episode on November 30 featuring Robin Maxkii and Bird Runningwater to discuss the diversity of Native American culture. Register here.

The culture, history, and heritage of Native Americans are an essential part of the fabric of our country, and at AT&T we are proud of the ways that our Native American employees strengthen our culture of inclusion and innovation.