Cherokee-Owned Company Wins $8.7M Contract Supporting U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

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Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions providing valuable recommendations on mission-readiness.

Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions (CNTS), a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses (CNB), was recently awarded its first contract with the U.S. Marine Corps. The $8.7 million contract includes a range of services for the Marine Forces Reserve division, which oversees approximately 100,000 marines and 187 training centers throughout the U.S. The two-year contract provides support services for planning and programming, capital improvements and asset management.

“Cherokee Nation Businesses will play a critical role in ensuring the readiness and effectiveness of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve units throughout the country,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “We are proud to partner with another division of America’s armed services so that in times of emergency, our military forces can execute maneuvers swiftly and successfully.”

Through operational analysis and asset evaluation, the Cherokee-owned company is providing valuable recommendations on mission-readiness. These findings are summarized into quarterly comprehensive reports, presentations and best-practice trainings to ensure the division remains on schedule and within budget.

“We are honored that another branch of the U.S. military is entrusting our company to provide them valuable support,” said Shawn Slaton, chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “This is our first contract with the Marine Corps, and with our quality services we anticipate a continued relationship.”

CNTS is executing the onsite analysis of all 75 MARFORRES locations to ensure mission-readiness and compliance with Department of Defense and Navy/Marine Corps governance for future infrastructure planning and facility requirements. The findings from these visits are the key component in the Marine Corps’ future budget recommendations to Congress for capital improvements, facility reconditioning and new construction.

“This work is a shining example of our ability to adapt Cherokee services to meet each client’s needs,” said Steven Bilby, president of CNB’s diversified businesses. “We appreciate their confidence in our capabilities and look forward to the opportunities this partnership can create.”

Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions was formed in 2008 to provide technical support services and project support personnel to its defense and civilian agency partners. The company provides a tailored management approach for complex government programs and disciplines, including information technology, science, engineering, construction, research and development, facilities management, program management, and mission support.

CNTS is headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., and is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies. For more information, please visit


About Cherokee Nation Businesses

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 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

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