Employee Resource Group Spotlight: Native American Indian
As the US celebrates Native American Indian Heritage Month this November, National Grid’s Native American Indian (NAI) employee resource group (ERG) is proud to carry on the tradition of sharing Native Americans’ rich culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance and ways of life.
Since 1990, the United States has recognized November as National American Indian Heritage Month. It’s a month where Native Americans are encouraged to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance and ways of life. Also to express concerns and help develop solutions with their local communities.
Since 2009, National Grid’s Native American Indian (NAI) employee resource group (ERG) – now 85 members strong – has provided a similar forum for employees.
NAI’s mission is to build cultural awareness; provide NAI members with opportunities to grow, lead and advance; and serve as a resource for NAI communities. Its activities include bringing the Energy Explorer Program and coat drives to reservation schools; also collecting canned goods for National communities and holding military appreciation celebrations.
“National Grid’s NAI ERG bridges our company with our community, says Colin Owyang, National Grid SVP, US General Counsel, who’s also the group’s Executive Sponsor . “The ERG members are a clear and powerful reminder that we are a part of, not apart from, the communities we serve.”