Restoring Land and Relationships with the Shoshone Tribe
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通过研究伙伴关系, 建筑的意识, and contributing to the well-being of our communities, betway体育滚球的行业可以有所作为.
AF&PA成员，比如宝洁 & Gamble, are learning about the history of the communities in which they work. Shaun Howard, Director of North American Warehousing, and Bill Armstrong, Sr. Process Engineer/Site 可持续性 Leader, are co-leads for P&G's Native American Network, which started in 2004.
Together, Howard and Armstrong coordinate events for Native American employees across P&G and those curious to learn about the different traditions within Native American Tribes.
"The objective is to support each other, get in touch with others and support as many Native Americans in the company as possible,”霍华德说. "One of the main focuses is education about different Native American Tribes and communities and [to] give back."
One of the larger parts of the Network’s project is the work with the Northwestern Bank Shoshone Tribes in Utah and Idaho to build an interpretive center to honor the lives lost during the Bear River Massacre and share the Shoshone's side of history.
Another part of this project is revitalizing the Bear River site. The land used for farming is overrun by Russian Olive trees, an invasive species of trees and weeds. 与休休尼部落合作，P&G and the Arbor Day Foundation secured trees native to the area and plan to plant them next year.
"The overall idea is to help refurbish the area and get it back to its 1863 condition" Armstrong explained.
阿姆斯特朗和霍华德都是, 这是一个学习的过程, and recognizing that while there may be a dark past, 前途光明. Both noted the rewards that come from working on this project as they step back and look at the big picture.
“对我来说, the most rewarding thing is when we are able to educate and provide experiences to our employees. You see their energy and that's amazing," Howard remarked.
"It was meaningful to find people like me and have that affiliation. Giving back on a personal level is so rewarding," Armstrong said.
There is more work on the horizon for P&G族和休休尼族. Howard and Armstrong are looking forward to the next steps toward restoring the land and sharing the Shoshone Tribe's history.
“这真的是一件奇妙的事情. It's not trying to condemn what happened. It's to look forward to the future. It's a healing process and educational," Armstrong said.