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Cherokee Nation Businesses Gets its Largest Federal Contract Ever

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The Department of Defense has granted Cherokee Nation Businesses (CNB) more than $40 million over the next two years to provide logistics, services and support for military hardware, reported the Tulsa World.

"For CNB to secure a contract of this magnitude is an indication that we are a serious competitor in the government contracting sector," Principal Chief Chad Smith told the newspaper Friday.

"We've shown that Cherokees are capable of performing on large-scale defense contracts by delivering highly technical services and workmanship which meets or exceeds our customer's expectations. This is something every Cherokee can be extremely proud of."

Dave Stewart, CNB chief executive officer, said most work would fit into the company's logistics division. Still, the contract will benefit all CNB entities, he said, citing the example of CNI (Cherokee Nation Industries), which handles electrical components and wire harnessing. "We're going to do as much of the work on the contract as we can in northeastern Oklahoma, creating well-paying local jobs," Stewart said.

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Last month, Cherokee Nation Industries (CNI) earned a Gold Status rating—the highest rating given to a vendor—from The Boeing Company (“Boeing”) for the work force’s superior performance and on-time delivery. CNI has operated as a government contractor manufacturing and distributing aerospace and defense products since 1969. Its aerospace and defense division runs out of 120,000-plus square feet of expandable manufacturing space in Stilwell, Oklahoma and employs 150 people—including 70 employees who worked on projects for Boeing.

Another CNB subsidy: the Kellyville-headquartered Cherokee Nation Red Wing, purchased by Cherokee Nation Businesses in 2009, serves the aerospace industry, military industrial complexes, governments, NASA, and the private sector, and has manufactured and assembled electronic airplane parts for more than 30 years.

The company's most recent acquisition, Disan Engineering in Nowata, also contracts with the Department of Defense.