Cherokee CRC, a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses, recently completed a two-year project for the construction of two dormitories at Riverside Indian School in Anadarko. The company is now one of seven companies to support a five-year $500 million contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. COURTESY
The Cherokee Nation-owned company is expected to support a $500 million contract.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Niko Aselis, left, and his father Greg own Tahlequah Pizza, an eatery that specializes in Boston-style crust, specialty pizzas and a variety of appetizers. They have owned and operated the restaurant since 2016. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Greg Aselis shows what the Boston-style crust is made from, which is a hand-made dough that rises before being cooked. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Shown is the Mexican Fiesta pizza that contains pork chorizo and fresh hand-sliced jalapenos. The pizza is inspired from Niko and Greg’s previous residency in San Diego, California, near the Mexican border. COURTESY
The restaurant makes a Boston-style crust for their pizzas, which is not seen in the Tahlequah area.
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Cherokee Nation citizens Rachel Purget, left, Cole Purget, with their son Max, are the owners and operators of Wheelhouse Kitchen in Woodall. The restaurant, which serves “clean” locally sourced food, has been open since March. COURTESY
The Wheelhouse Burger is a specialty burger with two grass-fed beef patties and one pork patty topped with cheddar cheese, bacon and an over-medium egg and drizzled with Wheelhouse sauce LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Wheelhouse Fries are a specialty item at Wheelhouse Kitchen that includes hand-cut fries topped with bacon, an over-medium egg and drizzled with Wheelhouse sauce. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The Protein Platter is an all protein, no-carb meal. It contains four eggs, one piece of sausage, one piece of bacon, one piece of chicken apple sausage and half an avocado. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A Wheelhouse waitress serves a customer on Aug. 23 at Wheelhouse Kitchen in Woodall. The restaurant features locally sourced foods, craft beers and local wines. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A full menu is provided upon ordering food at Wheelhouse Kitchen in Woodall. Customers order food at the counter, take a number and the food is cooked fresh and delivered promptly to their table. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Wheelhouse Kitchen, located in Woodall, has a 34-seat dining area. Cherokee Nation citizen and owner Rachel Purget, standing, talks with a customer in the background of the dining area. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
An 8-seat bar is provided at Wheelhouse Kitchen in Woodall, where customers can enjoy locally sourced beer from Cabin Boys Brewery in Tulsa; Mason Jar Mimosas made with locally sourced peach wine from Pecan Creek Winery in Muskogee or locally sourced coffee from Rose Rock Coffee in Tahlequah. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A sign near the entrance of Wheelhouse Kitchen shows where most ingredients are sourced. Most ingredients are brought in weekly from surrounding local farms in the Cherokee County area. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Wheelhouse Kitchen in Woodall sells local merchandise as well as its own merchandise with the restaurant logo. Wheelhouse Kitchen is a supporter of local farms and businesses. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The restaurant’s goal is to serve clean, natural, local foods by using local farmers and business for their ingredients.
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The tribally owned company announces a $22 million contract with the Department of Defense.
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It will provide medical operations services and solutions to the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs facilities.
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Shannon Bassett and her son, Dustin, hold a T-shirt that was printed in the T-shirt shop she owns. The shop is one of three businesses located in one building in downtown Vinita. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Shannon Bassett, center, takes a T-shirt order from customers in her shop in Vinita. The shop prints items for area companies and different organizations across the country. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Dustin Bassett finishes printing a rodeo T-shirt in a shop owned by his mother and Cherokee Nation citizen, Shannon Bassett, in Vinita. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Dustin Bassett places a seat cover on a casino chair from an area tribal casino. His mother, Shannon Bassett, has contracts with casinos to replace seat covers that damaged, which saves the casinos from constantly buying new chairs. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Shannon Bassett operates multiple businesses to help keep the small town vibrant.
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Fry Bread Factory co-owner Annette Mankiller makes an Indians taco for a customer. Mankiller said she and co-owner William Luethje began selling their business in March 2017 and travel to festivals and events to share their non-traditional fry breads. COURTESY
Fry Bread Factory co-owners William Luethje, left on check, and Annette Mankiller, right on check, are awarded a novelty check after winning the 2017 National Indian Taco Championship in Pawhuska. COURTESY
Fry Bread Factory co-owners William Luethje and Annette Mankiller are putting their own spin on the traditional food by creating items fry bread pockets and desserts using fry bread. They won the 2017  National Indian Taco Championship, which is held annually in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, last year. COURTESY
There are different methods for making and cooking fry bread but most of the time the bread is golden and fluffy after it is removed from frying in grease. COURTESY
Fry Bread Factory co-owners William Luethje and Annette Mankiller recently experimented with creating heart-shaped fry bread for Valentine’s Day, which includes strawberries and whipped cream. COURTESY
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In addition to Indian tacos, the Fry Bread Factory makes fry bread pockets, pulled pork, brisket pullovers and specialty fry bread.

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Cherokee Nation citizen and beekeeper Tom Ellis displays a quart of raw honey he produced through his honey-production business, Super Bee Honey Farms. Ellis sells his honey at local farmers markets. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Covered in protective gear, Cherokee Nation citizen Tom Ellis checks on a hive by pulling out a frame of bees on his property where he operates Super Bee Honey Farms. Ellis maintains 85 hives to extract honey to sell. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee beekeeper Tom Ellis points at a brood on a frame of honeybees. A brood is a collection of honeybee eggs laid and maintained by the hive until they are hatched. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Tom Ellis is learning the ways of the honeybee and how to expand on the honey-making process.
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Denisse Ramos, left, and Cherokee Nation citizen Paula Thompson, right, are the co-owners of The Kickin’ Taco Truck. The two began the business in 2014 and serve various Mexican specialty cuisines, including quesadillas, burritos and tortas. ARCHIVE
The Kickin’ Taco Truck has this menu item for customers –a steak-filled quesadillas with avocado, pico de gallo and melted cheese topped with sour cream in a flour or corn tortilla. Denisse Ramos is the head cook and buys the ingredients each morning, while Cherokee Nation citizen Paula Thompson manages the business and catering. ARCHIVE
The Kickin’ Taco Truck takes Mexican cuisine on the road to Muskogee, Stilwell and Tahlequah each week. When not operating within the Cherokee Nation jurisdiction, co-owners Denisse Ramos and Paula Thompson travel the world getting food ideas and inspiration for their menu. ARCHIVE
The Kickin’ Taco Truck serves Mexican cuisine at locations in Muskogee, Tahlequah and Stilwell each week.
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Spears Travel CEO and Cherokee Nation citizen Greg Spears selects a brochure to better help clients with their travel needs on June 5 in Tulsa. The Tulsa branch is at 8180 S. Memorial Drive while the Bartlesville office is 500 S. Keeler Ave. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A Spears Travel agents, left, on June 5 confers with a client about travel plans at Spears Travel in Tulsa. Spears Travel is a Cherokee-owned business that has been in operation since 1958. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Spears Travel CEO and Cherokee Nation citizen Greg Spears, left, confers with one of his travel agents about a client’s travel arrangements on June 5 at Spears Travel in Tulsa. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The travel agency provides booking flights and vacation packages, as well as providing the Cherokee Nation corporate travel services.
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Cherokee Casino Ramona offers guests nearly 500 electronic gaming machines to play, and its Ramona Grill serves foods from specialty burgers to homemade Indian tacos. It’s at 31501 U.S. Highway 75. COURTESY
Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville, located at 1506 N. Highway 169, has The Bar and Grill, which is open daily and includes a large cocktail and beer menu as well as appetizers, soups and salads, entrees, sandwiches, burgers and desserts. COURTESY
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa offers many amenities, including a luxury spa. It’s located at 777 W. Cherokee St. in Catoosa. COURTESY
Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs’ 55,245-square-foot complex is one of two racinos in Oklahoma and offers gaming, live music, dining and more. It’s located at 20900 S. 4200 Road in Claremore. COURTESY
Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs has a hotel, live entertainment, fine and casual dinning and full-service bars. Inside the more-than-369,000-square-foot facility, there are 1,475 electronic games, 18 table games and an eight-table poker room. It’s at 2416 Highway 412. COURTESY
Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson features more than 29,000 square feet of gaming, dining and entertainment space. The Three Rivers Tavern is a full-menu restaurant offering live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night from the over-the-bar stage. The casino is at 107 N. Georgetown Road. COURTESY
The Cherokee Casino Tahlequah features more than 400 electronic games, and its River City Café is open seven days a week and features a menu from appetizers to homemade desserts as well as homemade fry bread and golden-brown fried catfish and hushpuppies. It’s at 16489 Highway 62. COURTESY
Within minutes from Fort Smith, Arkansas, the Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland sits along Highway 64. Choose from 120 non-smoking hotel rooms, including 12 suites, and enjoy a dip in the specially designed pool and hot tub. The 323,210-square-foot facility is at 205 Cherokee Blvd. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation Entertainment has 10 casinos located throughout the tribe’s jurisdiction in northeast Oklahoma.
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