Boeing

Recognizing the contributions of Native American and Indigenous communities

Together, we can create a more respectful and inclusive world

During Native American Heritage Month we honor and celebrate the rich culture, traditions and history of our Native American and Indigenous teammates. The 50 Native American and Indigenous tribes represented at Boeing help us strengthen inclusion and innovation every day.

Within the communities where our employees live and work, we are amplifying the commitments outlined in our 2021 Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Report. As part of this commitment, Boeing is making a $1.8 million investment to help support and uplift Native American and Indigenous populations in the U.S.

As we continue our ongoing efforts to recruit, develop and retain Native American and Indigenous teammates, we reaffirm our commitment to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This commitment means asking employees to seek out diverse perspectives, speak up when they see behavior that is not inclusive and listening to understand the experiences of Native American and Indigenous teammates. We know that when we seek, speak and listen, we can build a stronger future.

An investment in the future

We’re honoring Native American and Indigenous heritage by continuing our investment in these communities.

This month Boeing committed $1.8 million to support Native American and Indigenous communities across the United States. The grants will fund 22 programs working to improve access to clean water, increase natural disaster response and preparation in high-risk communities and support STEM education programs for Native American students and workforce training for veterans.

Over the past three years, Boeing has invested more than $2.6 million in organizations supporting Native American and other Indigenous communities in the U.S. – bringing the company’s global support for Indigenous populations over the same time period to $3.3 million.

National organizations receiving grants include:

    • $250,000: Boys & Girls Clubs of America – Funding will support the more than 200 Native Clubs that serve 120,000 Native children and teens in 28 states. Programming will support the development of stronger Native Clubs in the system, increased program quality and collaborative advocacy for Native youth development.

    • $100,000: First Americans Museum School Access Program – Funding will support 3,600 students from Title I schools across Oklahoma the opportunity to visit the First Americans Museum annually for the next five years. Teachers also receive pre- and post-visit curriculum materials, including guidelines for integrating Native American and Indigenous perspectives into the classroom.

    • $100,000: Oklahoma State University Foundation – Funding will support the Center for Sovereign Nations, which provides employment and academic support for Native American students attending the university. Funding will also support the Native Earth-Sky program, a partnership with NASA to develop a middle school curriculum that blends scientific exploration with traditional Native storytelling.

  • $50,000: First Nations Development Institute – Funding will support twelve Native American and Indigenous tribes’ food banks or food pantries. Additionally, three Native-run food banks or pantries will be selected for intensive technical support, enabling them to scale services and better meet the needs of their communities.

Funding will also support 16 additional programs in Alaska, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Employee-led Groups connect and inspire

Boeing Native American Network

Boeing Native American Network

Our employee-led Boeing Native American Network (BNAN) builds awareness for the richness and diversity of Native American and Indigenous cultures across our team.

With an emphasis on career development and leadership, BNAN encourages STEM careers for Native American and Indigenous youth and provides training opportunities. The BNAN team expanded access to the Boeing DreamLearners initiative to Native American and Indigenous youth across the country, growing efforts by the Boeing South Carolina team to inspire students through STEM. BNAN volunteers led virtual career speaker and STEM activity sessions, helping over 1,000 students understand the value of STEM.

Across the community, BNAN members actively support the Boys & Girls Club – Native Services. Through mentoring, coaching and leadership training, the partnership helps to ensure diversity in our talent pool while improving representation in the STEM pipeline.

The group also connects hundreds of employees across the company who are passionate about Native American and Indigenous culture. BNAN members are actively educating the general public about traditions and cultures and raising awareness of the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present.

KJ Jolivette

KJ Jolivette

Growing up on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota, Kathleen “KJ” Jolivette never imagined she would one day lead an organization that delivers premier attack helicopter capabilities for the U.S. Army and global customers.

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Mercedes Fugate

Mercedes Fugate

Chair of the BNAN Oklahoma City chapter, Mercedes Fugate has found a home in service at Boeing and in her community where she educates others about Native American culture and heritage.

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Winston Kelley

Winston Kelley

As enterprise vice president of BNAN, Winston Kelley has helped foster a new generation of Boeing leaders by mentoring Boeing interns, advising BNAN’s leadership program, and leading STEM activities and Boeing factory tours for Native American students.

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Kevin Kilkenny

Kevin Kilkenny

Kevin Kilkenny credits his time at Boeing with helping him learn more about his native heritage. As chairperson of the Southern California chapter of BNAN, he leads various outreach events, including partnering with local tribes to mentor students.

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