Associates Embrace Awareness of American Indian, Alaska Native Cultures

Nida Mott

November is American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month, and the Exchange has recognized associates for sharing images of recent visits to events that promote these cultures.

This fall, the Exchange’s Nation’s Network special emphasis program asked associates to participate in a “virtual powwow contest” to highlight commitment to diversity and inclusion. Associates worldwide sent in photos of local powwows they attended during the last year.

Nida Mott, a retail solution center desk support associate at headquarters, took home the grand prize for pictures of a powwow she attended Sept. 22 at Traders Village outdoor market in Grand Prairie, Texas.

“I love history and learning about different cultures,” said Mott, a 12-year Exchange associate. “It amazes me how they do the arts and craft without any machines. I just wanted to share my photos.”

Nation’s Network is committed to educating Exchange associates on the history of Native American Nations and the Federal Indian Trust Responsibility.

“Exchange associates do a fantastic job of bringing awareness to all cultures and the history associated with the respective groups,” said Logistics Vice President and Nations Network Executive Champion Alan French. “Diversity is strong at the Exchange.”

Associates can save their photos in the year ahead, too, because another “virtual powwow contest” is planned for 2020.

French and Nation’s Network Program Manager Robert Largent presented Mott with a backpack, drink coaster and sticky notes from the Exchange’s Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion office and two autographed books on leadership by author John C. Maxwell.

Runner-up photo submissions were from Fort Carson Exchange Food Service Foreman Kaycee Edmonds and HQ Merchandising Technician Tiffany Serrano. Both received EEODI backpacks.

Mott, a member of the Exchange’s Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage special emphasis program (AAPEX), has also joined the Nation’s Network.

At the Grand Prairie event, Mott said, she bought two wooden flutes, jewelry, T-shirt, and enjoyed Indian tacos made with Fry bread.

“I talked with crafts people about how do they do painting and work with colors,” Mott said. “They were all so friendly.”

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