“We are proud to support the Army and to serve an integral role in maintaining and promoting the health and well-being of our service members and their families,” John Hansen, CNTS operations general manager, said. “This award builds on our existing relationship with the Department of Defense and our growing reputation as a premier provider in the field of medical research.”
Officials said CNTS will work to preserve and advance the health and well-being of soldiers and military retirees, their families and Army civilian employees. The four participating agencies — the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, the U.S. Army Public Health Center and the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence — can award task orders through the contract.
CNTS will have an opportunity to provide biomedical research and surveillance, information management, and business operations and information technology activities in support of burn, trauma and combat casualty care and rehabilitation, chemical warfare mitigation and public health services.
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Cody Killer, 26, and Dakota St. Pierre, 19, named their brand Baron Fork Outfitters.
The Cherokee Nation citizens and brothers grew up in Stilwell and appreciate being outdoors and engaging in outdoor activities. But it was spending time on Baron Fork Creek that inspired the brand’s name.
“It brings back memories of summers from our childhood we spent with family fishing and swimming in the Baron Fork Creek. It was a big part of our childhood to go and spend family time at there,” Killer said. “And when Dakota presented the name to me I thought this was a pretty sweet name, a name that people from around here would recognize. And for the people that don’t, it sounds like a pretty cool name.”
The idea of starting a T-shirt brand developed more than a year before they launched the company in 2017. Killer said getting the name really got the “ball rolling.” The goal was to create a brand that captures northeast Oklahoma’s beauty as well as the area’s significance to which locals could identify.
Brothers and Cherokee Nation citizens Cody Killer and Dakota St. Pierre own Baron Fork Outfitters, an outdoor clothing brand inspired by nature and local destinations in Oklahoma. It opened in January 2017 and has flourished into an outdoor brand. KENLEA HENSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
“This marks Cherokee Nation Red Wing’s third consecutive year earning the Nadcap Electronics accreditation, and this year we achieved the added recognition of Supplier Merit status,” Adam Due, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ engineering and manufacturing division director of quality assurance, said. “The CNRW team is committed to exceeding customer expectations, and these well-earned accomplishments are proof of that continued commitment and hard work.”
Nadcap is an industry-managed assessment approach that brings together technical experts from both industry and government to establish requirements for accreditation, to accredit suppliers and to define operational program requirements.
“Achieving Nadcap accreditation is not easy; it is one of the ways in which the aerospace industry identifies those who excel at manufacturing quality product through superior special processes. Companies such as Cherokee Nation Red Wing work hard to obtain this status, and they should be justifiably proud of it,” Joe Pinto, Performance Review Institute executive vice president and chief operating officer, said. “PRI is proud to support continual improvement in the aerospace industry by helping companies such as Cherokee Nation Red Wing be successful, and we look forward to continuing to assist the industry moving forward.”
More than 5,000 Nadcap audits are conducted annually around the world. Industry experts, whose role is also to evaluate each audit for compliance, determine the audit.
Born in Wichita, Kansas, Dixon was introduced to flying when his father worked as an accountant for the Cessna Aircraft Company.
“From a young age I’ve always had a fascination with aviation. It started out with airplanes. I thought I wanted to be an airplane pilot. What little boy doesn’t think about being an airplane pilot?” Dixon said.
When he got older, Dixon took flying lessons in a Cessna 150 airplane, but it didn’t give him the satisfaction of flying he wanted. By happenstance, he saw a helicopter land and take off from a convenience store parking lot, and it caught his interest.
He began taking lessons in vertical aviation in 2006 at Silver State Helicopters, which operated at the Tulsa International Airport.
Cherokee Nation citizen Chuck Dixon, owner of Tulsa County Helicopters, stands next a Robinson R44 helicopter at the Christiansen Jet Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dixon uses the helicopter for one of many flight services his business offers. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cora Lathrop, CN mortgage loan officer and VITA coordinator, said each year the tribe works with the Internal Revenue Service to train volunteers how to provide free, basic, income tax return preparation for low-to-moderate income taxpayers.
She said the tribe generally offers aid to all people, not just its citizens, who annually make $60,000 or less and need assistance preparing tax returns.
“This is an IRS program. Cherokee Nation partners with IRS to offer free assistance because we want to help community members save the exorbitant fees charged by businesses,” Lathrop said. “Many (businesses) charge between $50 and $400 for simple forms that VITA sites can prepare. This program is designed to help lower-income people save tax preparation fees.”
The tribe’s VITA service is expected to run from Feb. 5 to April 12. No appointments will be made before Jan. 15. The VITA locations will be in Tahlequah, Stilwell, Claremore, Sallisaw, Salina, Westville, Catoosa, Jay, Muskogee, Vinita, Ochelata, Nowata and Pryor.
Cora Lathrop Cherokee Nation mortgage loan officer and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance coordinator, helps Eric and Christy Young of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, file their taxes as part of the tribe’s free VITA program. ARCHIVE
Choate’s construction venture, however, didn’t have an easy start. After the recent economic recession took a toll on his father’s business, he started doing pipeline work. When that didn’t work out, Choate’s first business venture was selling portable buildings, which didn’t last.
Being out of business and work, Choate built his way back into the construction world in 2012. He collected tools and equipment to start a business, and the CN’s Tribal Employment Rights Office certified him as a vendor.
One of his first jobs was helping construct the South Ridge apartments in Tahlequah.
“I literally drove down, walked into the job trailer and ask the guy ‘do you have anyone that’s hanging you all’s dry wall?’” Choate said.
Cherokee Nation citizen Tyler Choate, of TTA Construction, is a CN Tribal Employment Rights Office-certified business owner who has built multiple CN and custom-built homes since starting his business in 2012. COURTESY
To the average viewer, Tim’s style is nothing like his father’s. But the artist sees Doc’s prints all over it. The traditional forms and the subject matter are his father’s influence, a consequence of learning from an important Native American artists of the 20th century beginning at age 3. Doc surrounded himself with artists.
“I started to observe what they were doing and realized from an early age this was what I was going to do for the rest of his life.”
As a child, he drew. As he grew older, he became his father’s apprentice. They collaborated on paintings, as the son did background work upon which Doc painted the detail for which he was noted. The elder Nevaquaya practiced a style of painting made prominent by the Kiowa Five artists – a style that depicts images in flat two-dimensional representations using neutral or pastel colors. This approach was called the traditional style, and its practitioners ushered in a new era of Native art.
In his early 20s, Tim became serious about his art and looked to his father and other traditional masters for direction. It wasn’t until about 10 years ago that he discovered his own.
Tim Nevaquaya’s Strength of a Nation painting. COURTESY
“It’s just a great chance for our TERO vendors and then our Cherokee Nation entities and then some other outside businesses that do minority procurement to come together and show off their business and network with other people,” Stephen Highers, Cherokee Nation Commerce department entrepreneur and development manager, said.
To be TERO certified, businesses must be Indian-owned by constituting no less than 51 percent ownership. There are more than 800 TERO-certified vendors.
Highers said vendors spanning various businesses come from across the United States to attend the expo, bringing sample products and information.
“We have artists in the room that are here today. We have big construction companies. We have small businesses that are in the room, and then we also have a lot of resource partners,” he said. “So we have different Native American tribes here. It’s just kind of a great day to celebrate all that is being a certified Indian-owned business.”
Tribal Employment Rights Office-certified vendors gather on Nov. 2 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in Catoosa, Oklahoma, to showcase their businesses. To become TERO certified, businesses must be Indian-owned and constitute no less than 51 percent ownership. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
After residing in Tahlequah for the past 18 years, Smiley moved her business to Tulsa but keeps her Tahlequah ties and works with customers in the area.
NDN Custom Frame is a mobile framing service in which Smiley works with customers in framework customization at their homes or businesses.
“We’ve always prided ourselves on customer service, and so we’ve kind of just taken it to that next level. What we do is we actually go to our customers’ homes or our customers’ businesses and we pick up the artwork and we deliver it back to them,” she said.
Smiley said a customer might show a piece of artwork or a paint chip to help match the framework within their home or business.
Cherokee Nation citizen Lori Smiley, owner of NDN Custom Frame, shows samples of her framework. NDN Custom Frame is a mobile framing service in which Smiley travels to the customers and works with them on customizing framework for their photographs and artwork. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX