Tribal engagement: Sovereignty is key

Brent, an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma, is Enbridge’s senior advisor of Tribal engagement for the state of Michigan. “Respect, reciprocity, language, culture, wisdom—those teachings that Tribes expect as part of their sovereignty—are all things that are on my mind, all of the time, in everything I do,” he says. As an advocate for Michigan Tribes, Brent participates in a wisdom circle with elders representing the majority of the state’s Tribes, and he notes that Enbridge is adding Native American-owned businesses to its supply chain and hiring more Indigenous employees. “Enbridge has really stepped up . . . I’m so excited about the direction we’re headed as a company,” he says.