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American Indian pride is alive

By Suzanne Randall and Juliet Randall, members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and Accenture Marketing and Communications professionals, Denver

“Kishcheetaysta” is the word that means pride in the Mitchief language. Growing up in North Dakota, we were encouraged from a young age to be proud of our American Indian heritage. “Kishcheetaysta” is very important to us and always will be. We are proud to be enrolled members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

We are fortunate to have parents who provided us with every opportunity to build the skills to succeed in life. They set a clear example of integrity, hard work and never forgetting who you are and where you are from.

While we work in different parts of our company, we each tap our individual creativity to build marketing and communications programs that showcase the resilience of our clients and employees. Through the Accenture American Indian Employee Resource Group, we have an opportunity in our local communities to make a lasting impact.

One initiative that has been particularly meaningful to us is the Accenture American Indian Scholarship Fund. Over the past 11 years, it’s provided more than $1 million to over 90 students from more than 50 tribal nations across the United States. The scholarship has played a pivotal role in supporting high-achieving American Indian and Alaska Native students pursuing a degree in technology or business.

Being part of the Scholarship Fund selection committee, we have come to realize that the greatest example of “Kishcheetaysta” is the moment when you call a well-deserved selected scholar to share the exciting news. It. Just. Doesn't. Get. Any. Better.

As November marks the annual celebration of American Indian Heritage Month, we believe it's the perfect time to take a pause and to simply say, thank you. The unwavering support and opportunities that our company has provided American Indian employees, aspiring students and their families is truly Greater Than.

From left to right: Suzanne Randall, Accenture American Indian Scholarship Fund Sponsor, managing director–Accenture Marketing & Communications, Chuck Randall, proud father and enrolled member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia; JuniKae Randall, proud mother, Executive Producer/Host of the Indian Pride TV series and enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and Juliet Randall, senior manager-Accenture Marketing & Communications and Accenture American Indian Scholarship Fund committee member.