Tahlequah Daily Press

April 19, 2013

CN: Non-TERO contractor the only one available for mammoth projects

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Nation recently announced a $100 million expansion to its health care system, which includes a number of construction projects, from expanding existing health care centers to new facilities.

Geary Crofford, former Cherokee Nation employee, is concerned the contract has been awarded to a Harrison, Walker and Harper 1887, a non-TERO, out-of-state construction company.

But according to CN Communications Director Amanda Clinton, the contract was awarded to Cherokee Nation Construction Resources, a new entity that is being developed to create construction opportunities - both public and private - for the tribe.

“Cherokee Nation Construction Resources is being mentored by HWH,” said Clinton. “CNCR is the primary contractor, and all the bricks-and-mortar work will be subcontracted out to a variety of TERO-certified vendors all over the 14 counties.”

Clinton said there are no TERO-certified vendors that possess the experience to mentor CNCR through this initial, massive health care project.

“We will work the HWH this time to build our portfolio, in a sense,” said Clinton. “Past performance credit plays a huge role in landing future contracts. Hopefully, CNCR will graduate from the mentorship program after this expansion and move to managing larger, public and private projects. We’re pretty excited about getting this under our belt, because it will make CNCR more attractive for other contracts in the future.”