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Ben Baker

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Executive Marketing Specialist  Sales – Great Midwest Region

Blessed – What does that mean?  Merriam-Webster defines blessed various ways.  One definition is “bringing pleasure, contentment, or good fortune”. I’m blessed to have a family that has always supported me – no matter if I’ve failed or excelled – they’ve always been there to encourage my growth as a human being. Never take things for granted – always say “please” and “thank you” – and always mean these words when you say them to others.  I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan along the Canadian Border.  As an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians who also worked in the Tribal Government’s Communication Department right out of university, I’ve been blessed to grow in my career with one foot in the business world and one foot in a culture that promotes family, respect for others, reverence towards nature and the belief that you need to look to the past in order to know where you’re going in the future.  Yes, blessed…

Blessed to be part of the USA Today LOCALiQ Team that truly cares about our clients.

As well as encourages open collaboration with my colleagues that provides a camaraderie unlike any other media company. Blessed to have a management team that cares about your growth – your ideas – your skills – your personal life – and the respect to be who you are.

What does this month/observance mean to you?

Native American Heritage Month.  Acknowledgment of Native American Heritage began in 1986 with the week of November 23-30, known as “American Indian Week.” Eventually, starting in 1995 and beyond, the entire month of November served as the recognition period of historical, cultural, societal, and educational contributions of the first inhabitants of the United States. I’m a member of a Tribe that had the vision to be self-sufficient through economic development, healthcare for tribal members, housing for families and services for the elderly – with deep respect.

It was never an easy road, and I saw many things that could have deterred this growth.

But with the perseverance, strength in culture, importance of family, a plan for the future – and just plain hard work, my Tribe grew and became prosperous. During this month, I’m humbled and grateful for how my tribe came together over decades to help their people, and lay the plans for future generations…as well as many other Tribes have done around the United States. I’ve learned throughout the years, that if people can come together for a common goal of growth, unity and respect, that the outcome will bear the results that affect everyone around them positively.

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month! It’s a time to celebrate the rich histories, diverse cultures and important contributions of our nation’s first people.

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