CNRW to support massive Army logistics program
CATOOSA, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Red Wing has been selected by the U.S. Army Sustainment Command to support the Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise program. The company is providing maintenance operations, supply support and transportation services.

Cherokee Nation Red Wing is one of 25, 8(a) companies selected to support the program. Additional large companies were selected during phase one.

“It is an honor and privilege for one of our Cherokee companies to support our military in this capacity,” said Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. “We will work tirelessly to support our service men and women worldwide with an integrated approach to global logistics services.”

CNRW will compete for task orders to support the Army's directorate of logistics organizations and other groups within the branch for transportation, refurbishment and maintenance of equipment in the field. The work also includes training troops, inventory, services and parts availability, and support for the resetting of equipment so it is ready for deployment.

The program has the potential to reach a value of $23 billion. The five-year performance period is structured through a basic ordering agreement, with some task orders designated only for 8(a) companies. During that time, those companies compete for individual task orders to support the EAGLE mission.

“EAGLE is the primary vehicle for delivering logistics related services to warfighters in the field,” said Russell Claybrook, president of Cherokee Nation Red Wing. “In the past, separate contracts existed for maintenance, supply and transportation support services. This program centralizes responsibility and allows contractors to meet the Army’s needs in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.”

Cherokee Nation Red Wing was formed in 2009 to expand on the Cherokee Nation’s history of supporting the Department of Defense with manufacturing components. Today, CNRW provides materials and services across the nation in support of changing warfighter needs. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CNRW is a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses.

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CNSD awarded purchase agreements valued up to $4M
CATOOSA, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Security & Defense has been awarded a five-year blanket purchase agreement to provide installation of closed-circuit television security and fiber optic cable at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.

The award, valued up to $4M, can include various jobs throughout the length of the plan.

Last year, CNSD installed audio/video and teleconferencing equipment in two rooms at the post. Getting the contract for CCTV and fiber optic cabling is direct reflection that the work done last year was a success.

“We’re very happy to re-join our friends and clients at Fort Sill and keep up the good work in our own state,” said Russell Claybrook, CEO of CNSD. “Our mission is to assist in protecting and supporting our warfighters and this is a great opportunity to execute that mission here in Oklahoma.”

The contract allows for two new positions to be created and CNSD is looking through applications and openly seeking Cherokee citizens to fill the positions. The new hires will not only work on the latest contract but are also available to work on any other contracts CNSD receives in the meantime.

Cherokee Nation Security & Defense provides state-of-the-art critical site infrastructure protection, security surveillance services, access control technologies and complete security integration for both government and commercial clients. The company handles projects such as civil construction, complex security and command center design. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CNSD is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

Cherokee Nation Businesses announces contracts totaling more than $100 million
March 21, 2012

TULSA, Okla - Cherokee Nation Businesses today announced the receipt of two Department of Defense contracts totaling more than $100 million, including the largest federal contract ever awarded to the tribe.

“This is a proud day for the Cherokee Nation and the Cherokee people,” said Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. “These two contracts, including the largest ever awarded to a CNB entity, show the federal government’s confidence in us to provide the highest quality of work, while supporting the men and women who so bravely serve our country.”

This month, Cherokee Nation Red Wing, operating under CNB’s security and defense division, was awarded an ID/IQ (indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity) contract with a ceiling of $18.46 million from the U.S. Army. The contract will provide materials and services in support of reset, modification and repair activities of Army missile and aviation systems.

Additionally, Cherokee Nation Red Wing was awarded a modification of $66,666,994 to a contract awarded last year, increasing the period of performance to three years and bringing the total contract ceiling to $84.25 million. This contract is designed to provide the U.S. Army with hardware logistics services, supporting various missile and aviation systems.

“The Cherokee Nation is entering an exciting new era. Federal contracts like this allow us to diversify away from gaming into many new sectors of business and industry, showing that we are a leader among tribal nations,” Baker said. “By developing our non-gaming resources, we achieve two very important goals: create job opportunities for Cherokees in many different fields, and fortify ourselves economically so we can better provide for our people.”

These contracts expand on the current capabilities Cherokee Nation Red Wing already provides the Army and will create an additional 16-28 jobs, including mechanics, engineers, shipping/receiving personnel, program analysts and managers.

“The receipt of these contracts is a testament to CNB’s capabilities and reputation,” said Russell Claybrook, president of CNB’s security and defense division. “It’s extremely rewarding to have the federal government recognize all that we are capable of by awarding such a sizable and important contract.”

Cherokee Nation Businesses is the tribally owned holding company of the Cherokee Nation, the largest Indian Nation in the United States. The Cherokee Nation and its businesses employ more than 8,200 people. CNB owns companies in the gaming, hospitality, information technology, personnel services, distribution, manufacturing, telecommunications, environmental services and security and defense industries. For more information, please visit