Cherokee CRC to join BIA construction effort

11/07/2018 03:00 PM
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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
TULSA – Cherokee CRC, Cherokee Nation Businesses subsidiary, is one of seven companies chosen to support a five-year contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, according to a CNB release.

The BIA’s recent National Multiple Award Construction Contract includes work on buildings and facilities located throughout the U.S. and Indian Country.

“This is a wonderful victory for CCRC and a significant opportunity for small business,” Steven Bilby, president of Cherokee Nation’s diversified businesses, said. “We are pleased to be utilizing our broad range of capabilities and extensive experience to support and grow our partnership with the Department of Interior.”

The release states that Cherokee CRC will begin the contract’s first project by installing a water line to the rural community of Bear Springs, New Mexico. The water line project, at the nearby Old Fort Wingate Elementary School site, will bring a consistent water supply to the rural Bear Springs community. The line is expected to provide clean, safe drinking water and a sufficient water source to fight fires.

The BIA owns the water and sewer lines at the 25-acre Wingate tract. Cherokee CRC has the potential to earn more than $3 million through the water line project, the release states.

“Cherokee Nation Businesses’ environmental and construction companies have a great history with the Bureau of Indian Affairs,” Jodie Gilbert, Cherokee CRC program manager, said. “With this award, we will be able to utilize the relationships we have built over the years to serve the BIA and the Native American people in an even greater capacity.”

The NMACC projects include construction, renovation, demolition, equipment and piping repair or replacement, as well as electrical, mechanical and site work. It may also include roofing, painting, fencing installation, removal and disposal of lead based paint or asbestos containing materials, welding, masonry and installing renewable energy source technologies.

According to the release, Cherokee CRC is an environmental, construction and professional services company that provides government agencies and commercial clients with custom-tailored services to fit their specific needs. It is headquartered in Tulsa and certified by the Small Business Administration as a Tribal 8(a), Small Disadvantaged and HUBZone business.

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