Tulsa-based Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT) is helping to chart a brighter future for the Cherokee Nation. CNT recently won a significant services contract with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the nation’s largest mapping agency for water, earth and biological science.
According to the Federal Business Opportunities website, the amount of the indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract totals $45 million. “This is a significant opportunity for CNT …” said Steven Bilby, president of the Cherokee Nation’s diversified businesses. “Our team takes great pride in supporting our government clients and generating revenue to help provide services for the Cherokee people.” The IDIQ contract begins with a base-year and includes four one-year options, each with a ceiling of $9M, according to a news release.
A Cherokee tribal spokesman said that this contract marks the first environmental project for CNT, which will provide consulting and support staff for research, data analysis, field and lab services, geographic information systems, programming and other services to USGS science and research centers in the Southeast.Work officially began July 1 at the National Wetlands Research Center in Louisiana.
The USGS will be in good company, as CNT’s client roster already includes the Bureau of Indian affairs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Transportation Security Administration.
Lynn Armitage is a contributing business writer to Indian Country Today Media Network. She is an enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.