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Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2022: Employee Spotlight

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 10, we celebrate the history, culture, and immeasurable positive impact and contributions of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

At Republic Services, we are driven by being Human-Centered and respecting the unique potential of all of our employees. Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day grants us a special opportunity to recognize and appreciate the hard work of Indigenous Peoples and our Native American team members.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Employee Spotlight: Olivia U.

Olivia U.
Billing Coordinator
Tulsa, OK

On celebrating her heritage

We participate in traditional ceremonial Cherokee events, the tribal election process and I create beadwork that showcases our cultural designs. This is my way of passing down the knowledge my Cherokee grandparents, aunts, uncles, and mother taught me growing up.

On Republic Services:

Republic Services has embraced me as a Native American woman and a hard worker. There are 39 tribal nations in the state of Oklahoma so Native American culture is a part of daily life here in Tulsa. In my experience, it’s common to interact with customers, peers, and coworkers who are somehow connected to a Tribal Nation, especially the Cherokee Nation. With over 430,000 members, it’s the largest tribe in the country.

On her favorite Cherokee food:

Fry Bread is my favorite dish. It is the foundation of my favorite meal, which is commonly known as “Indian Tacos”. My Granny Sevenstar would make fry bread with a lot of meals growing up. It’s one of my favorite childhood memories and it’s deeply seeded as part of our culture and something I plan on passing on to my niece and nephews.


Join the conversation by engaging with family and friends or by attending a community event this Indigenous Peoples’ Day. For more information, check out some of the websites below:

How Indigenous Peoples Day Came to Be

Cultural Resources for Native Americans


Indigenous refers to distinct social and cultural groups that share collective ancestral ties to the lands and natural resources where they live, occupy, or from which they have been displaced.

Native American/American Indian refers to peoples living within what is now the United States before European contact