Comcast NBCUniversal Recognizes Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month, and Comcast NBCUniversal is recognizing the diverse cultures, traditions, and contributions of Indigenous communities across the U.S.
This year, Xfinity is celebrating Native American Heritage Month, with content from talent in front of and behind the camera, with a special collection picked out by our in-house editors. Just say “Native American Heritage Month” into your Xfinity Voice Remote.
During Free Preview Week (November 22-28), Xfinity customers can enjoy free access to hundreds of On Demand choices ranging from blockbuster movies, documentaries, interviews with community leaders, family-friendly entertainment and more, with a full network ungate of All Nations Network, a dedicated network for Indigenous stories, and selected programs from networks like Peacock, AMC+, HBO, among others.
Dark Winds (AMC+)
Chuck and the First Peoples’ Kitchen (All Nations Network)
Blackstone (All Nations Network)
Xfinity customers can also access the Free Preview Week content across platforms including X1 and Flex and across devices via Xfinity Stream (content may vary by platform) within the Native American destination of Xfinity On Demand or by saying “Native American Heritage Month” into the Voice Remote.
Throughout the month, Comcast Newsmakers is spotlighting leaders and changemakers who are working to uplift Native peoples, while addressing historic inequities and barriers to advancement. Interviews include Erik Stegman of Native Americans in Philanthropy, Janeen Comenote from the National Urban Indian Family Coalition, Kathy DeerInWater of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Crystal Echo Hawk of Illuminative, and Nikki Pitre from the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute.
Interviews will be available to Comcast customers on Xfinity X1, Flex, and Stream using the voice command “Comcast Newsmakers.” Interviews will also be available free to the general public at ComcastNewsmakers.com.
Advancing Digital Equity
Comcast invests in a number of nonprofits focused on advancing digital equity for Indigenous communities including a partnership with the National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) focused on Internet adoption, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) to create a culturally relevant computer science curriculum for Native high school students, and Native Women Lead which supports emerging Native American-owned businesses. As an executive member of the Reboot Representation Tech Coalition, our partnership supports pathways to computing degrees for Native, Black and Latina women.
In addition, through the Comcast RISE program we’ve provided monetary, marketing, and technology grants to thousands of small businesses owned by people of color including Indigenous entrepreneurs among others. One recent recipient is Shanne Soulier, Owner and President of Big Spirit Inc., a strategic marketing, creative design, and consulting agency. In late 2012, seeing a disparity in cost-effective professional marketing and advertising services for indigenous and nonprofit organizations, Big Spirit Inc. found its purpose and established itself. Its mission is rooted in creating success stories for its clients through engaging marketing, compelling design, strategic communications, and producing promotional products that engage and build lasting brand recognition.
“Being a recipient of a $10,000 grant with Comcast RISE is a great honor for us! With their help, we have upgraded and added key software systems that enhanced client and project communications and improved project processes, which has been essential to our growth,” shared Soulier.
Supporting Our Employees
During our Native American Heritage Month DE&I Speaker Series, teammates will come together virtually to hear from acclaimed Cherokee actor, producer, and activist Wes Studi. Our Indigenous@Comcast ERG, which launched last year and already has over 1,500 members across the company, will be hosting enriching and enlightening programming throughout the month including spoken word and instrumental performances and a discussion on the intersectionality of the experience of Black and Indigenous peoples in the U.S., as well as what justice will look like.