"When CSG undertakes a project, we are not simply representing a brand or even a corporation. We are representing the reputation of an entire nation and culture. The name Cherokee and the heritage and people it represents have been around for hundreds of years. We are proud stewards of the name of a nation that will exist long after our project is finished. For that reason, we take to heart these values of integrity, professionalism, and excellence." - Cherokee Services Group
Today, the Department of Energy awarded $1.4 million to the Cherokee Services Group to provide administrative and property management support services for the Upper Great Plains Region of Western Area Power Administration.
The Upper Great Plains is one of four regions of the Western Area Power Administration, selling power to in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota to wholesale customers such as towns; rural electric cooperatives; public utility and irrigation districts; Federal, state, and military agencies; Native American tribes; investor-owned utilities; power marketers; U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers customers.
The Cherokee Services Group, a tribal 8(a) firm and small disadvantaged business owned by the Cherokee Nation, will be performing services to aid the Upper Great Plains in their work of selling enough energy to power three million households - Upper Great Plains generates 12 billion kilowatt-hours of firm power from eight dams and power plants in the region.
More than 300 Native American tribes are located in the entire Western Area Power Administration's territory over 15 states, and 900 miles of transmission lines cross reservations and tribal lands to bring power to customers. Nearly 100 tribes are receiving Federal hydropower allocations from Western.
The work of tribally owned businesses like the Cherokee Services Group is instrumental to achieving the Department's mission. For more information about small business contracting with the Department of Energy, visit our Small Business Opportunity Tool.