Cherokee Nation Technologies is beginning its work with the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians' Office of Historical Trust Accounting (OHTA) to provide research and historical documentation services in support of the U.S. Department Of Interior's efforts to reconcile monetary accounts with Native American tribes.
The $35 million contract spans five years. The company’s primary tasks are to search, collect and safeguard Indian Trust-related documents; design and execute database inquiries; manage and track document requests; and provide analytical assistance for tribal accounts.
“Securing and protecting these documents is a top priority for all of Indian Country. We have an opportunity to be part of a solution that can benefit tribal governments and Native families all across the nation,” said Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. “We will support this organization and its mission with the utmost with respect and integrity.”
CNT is providing two teams to work in the secure, underground facility in Lenexa, Kan. The first team monitors all requests for documents as they are located, imaged, encoded and loaded into the viewing database for the requestor to access.
The second team is focusing its efforts on litigation support and running high level queries for multiple agencies, such as the Department of the Interior, Department of Justice and the National Archives and Records Administration. The research is used to identify images and documents that could prove to be vital during the discovery phase of litigation.??“The work we are doing with OHTA is a true testament to our meticulous attention to detail and our ability to improve efficiency of our clients by applying the appropriate mix of technology and process improvement,” said Steven Bilby, president of CNB’s diversified businesses. “We are honored to support this organization and its mission.”
Cherokee Nation Technologies was formed in 2009 to serve government clients with time-tested solutions that increase client effectiveness through the intelligent use of technology. CNT’s expertise includes software and application services, network services, and business process services. The company is headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., with a regional office in Ft. Collins, Colo., and client locations nationwide. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CNT is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.
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 9,000 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 www.cherokeenationbusinesses.com.