U.S. tribal broadband infrastructure: A conversation wtih Mescalero Apache Telecom, Mohawk Network, CHR Solutions & Calix

• January 6th, 2022

Everywhere you look, there are new funding programs popping up for tribal governments to take advantage of (NTIA Tribal Connectivity, American Rescue Plan, USDA and US Infrastructure Plan) all promising billions of funding dollars to be spent over the next several years. 

During a webinar TribalWise hosted a few weeks ago, a panel of experts held an informative and helpful discussion with the goal of helping tribes to prepare for what is to come as well as share insights into ways these funds can be used.

Presenters:

Allyson Mitchell, General Manager at Mohawk Networks
Godfrey Enjady, General Manager at Mescalero Apache Telecom and President of National Tribal Telecommunications Association
Barak Harlan, Director of Engineering, CHR Solutions
Greg Bathrick, Solutions Marketing Director, Calix

This was one of our most highly attended webinars and is such an important topic that we thought it would be beneficial to share the conversation out via our podcast network.  


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Partnership Success Amid a Pandemic, with Four Winds Casino & CSM Cost Solutions

• November 22nd, 2021

In this episode, host Michelle Bouschor talks with Michael Tate, the Director of Purchasing and Procurement with Four Winds Casino and Darrin Dickerson with CSM Cost Solutions about how their partnership helped the Four Winds team navigate the many obstacles thrown their way over the past year. Between supply chain issues, staffing, and new restrictions, those who survive are those who adapt to change.  Listen in to see how these two partners were able to adapt and even grow during a global pandemic.

 

Show Notes

CSM Cost Solutions:  CSM is a proven solution for tribal casinos, resorts, healthcare, education, and more.  Tribal organizations and enterprises can receive a CSM membership and gain exclusive access to agreements with over 600 suppliers on contracted food items and additional access to extensive non-food programs specific to tribal organizations.

 

Four Winds Casino:  Owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Four Winds Casinos Resort operates multiple casinos, restaurants, and non gaming enterprises in Southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana.  

 

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Cybersecurity Resources Tribes & Enterprises Need to Know

• October 25th, 2021

Tribes across the nation are banding together to share valuable security information and best practices in a safe and  trusted environment within the new Tribal-ISAC.  You absolutely NEED to be aware of all security resources available and participate to be making the best effort in protecting your tribe or tribal enterprise. 

In late September, the TribalHub team hosted a Virtual Tribal Security Summit.  This summit turned out to be one of our most successful virtual events to date, confirming what we already knew - cyber security is on EVERYONE’S mind.  

With this podcast, we are releasing one of the sessions held during the Summit called “Cybersecurity  Resources Tribes and Enterprises Need to Know About - Tribal-ISAC, CISA, MS-ISAC and more”.  You'll hear from experts working in each of these groups in this conversation that is led by our TribalHub team member Tiffany Korenic.

Preparedness and solid security has never been best achieved through isolation, so the time to get engaged with resources is now.

 

Show Notes:

Learn more and register for Tribal-ISAC:  www.tribalisac.org

Register for MS-ISAC membership:  https://learn.cisecurity.org/ms-isac-registration

Register for MDBR Service:  https://mdbr.cisecurity.org/

Register for NCSR Assessment: https://www.cisecurity.org/ms-isac/services/ncsr/

CISA provides real-time threat analysis and incident reporting capabilities. The  CISA 24x7 contact number is 1-888-282-0870 or email central@cisa.dhs.gov .  Also visit: https://us-cert.cisa.gov/report

 

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Tribal Casino Operators Guide to Better Produce Procurement

• October 18th, 2021

Listen in as TribalValue partner, BuyersEdge Platform, talks through the grower-to-plate look at your operations produce purchasing.  From the supply chain impacts to industry trends and forecast and usage and optimization to local tribal community connection, this is a great conversation that will leave you with a strong understanding of how to plan and procure the produce needs for your operation.

 

 

Show Links:

Reach out to BuyersEdge at:  https://buyersedgeplatform.com/tribal-value/

Reach out to Michelle at:  michelleb@tribalhub.com

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Partnership success with the Quinault Indian Nation & ImageSource, Inc.

• August 12th, 2021

Finding a good partner to work with is challenging.  Both parties need to work together through challenges together. They need to go above and beyond and be committed to each other's success. They need to understand each other and their organization.  All these things build trust, authenticity, and credibility. And, this is exactly how one could describe the relationship between the Quinault Indian Nation and ImageSource, Inc.

The two organizations have worked together for many years and on many projects that have been able to support the tribal nation.  In this podcast, we sat down with Jon Sutherland of the Quinault Indian Nation and Gene Eckhart of ImageSource and talked with them about their relationship and a few of the many projects they are working on together.  This conversation showcases how beneficial it is for tribal nations to partner with solution providers who understand their tribe, the structure of their tribal government, and to have a partner who genuinely cares about the wellbeing - and the next seven generations - of their indian nation.

 

Show notes:

ImageSource is the manufacturer of ILINX Software. They are the leading independent platform provider and integrator of document and data capture, workflow and business process automation.  More information can be found on their website www.imagesourceinc.com

 

The Quinault Indian Nation is located in Washington state on the Pacific coast of the Olympic Peninsula.  The reservation covers 208,150 acres and includes 23 miles of Pacific coastline. It is bordered by the Olympic National Park to the northwest.  More information can be found on their website www.quinaultindiannation.com

 

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Are challenges with your F&B operations driving its evolution?

• June 30th, 2021

It's time to reimagine how you offer food to your guests.  Are you using technology to bring efficiencies to your businesses,  researching alternate options to items like disposable food containers that will have less of an environmental - and financial -  impact, or are you working with solution providers to find new products that will help you navigate staffing shortages?  If not, you should be.  These are topics that should be on every food operator's radar.  In this show, we listen to an upfront and frank discussion with food industry experts about all of these issues and more.  Hear from Brian Berger, Principal at JBH Advisory Group; Alexis Kukuka, Director of Operations at JBH Advisory Group; Scott Swiger, Director of Business  Development at JBH Advisory Group; Michael Doocey, Regional Vice President at Spectra Food Services & Hospitality and Philip Minichino, Director of Procurement at Foxwoods Casino as they share recent experiences and solutions that can be beneficial to all tribal organizations.

 

You can learn more about the services JBH Advisory Group can provide by visiting tribalvalue.com.  If you have a topic for our show, or would have a story to share, please contact us at michelleb@tribalhub.com.  You can subscribe and follow our show wherever you listen to podcasts to never miss an episode. Connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter or visit our web page at tribalhub.com.

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Foodservice trends for tribal casino operators with BuyersEdge and Eagle Mountain Casino

• April 27th, 2021

Join Buyers Edge Platform and Domenic Vertucci, Director of F&B at Eagle Mountain Casino in Porterville, CA, for a conversation about what is trending within the tribal casino foodservice industry. As a partner of TribalValue, Buyers Edge Platform is sharing exclusive purchasing solutions to aid operators in finding the best solutions for optimal cost management. Listen in as they share actionable solutions for savings in both food and non-food spend. 

 

Show Links:

Reach out to BuyersEdge at:  https://buyersedgeplatform.com/tribal-value/

Reach out to Michelle at:  michelleb@tribalhub.com

 

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Focusing on the things you CAN do to prevent burnout - a conversation with Michael Levitt

• April 5th, 2021

How does burnout happen?  How do you reduce it from happening in the first place?  How can you help your team when you see burnout happening?  These are the topics covered in our conversation with Michael Levitt, the founder & Chief Burnout Officer of The Breakfast Leadership Network.  Listen in as we talk to Michael about his journey which led him to help people across the nation to identify and prevent this chronic disease facing us in our work and personal lives.

Connect with us by searching “TribalHub” on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.  If you have a topic for the show, email Michelle at michelleb@tribalhub.com.

Show notes:

The Breakfast Leadership Network:   https://www.breakfastleadership.com/ 

The Breakfast Leadership Network Show:  https://www.breakfastleadership.com/podcasts

 

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The Move to Digital Membership Services with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

• March 10th, 2021

In this podcast we talk with the team at Choctaw Nation about their digital transformation project to create an effective and secure digital platform that serves their tribal membership.  It’s a project that has continued to grow for the Nation as their members have seen first hand the benefits digital services can bring.   Listen in to hear how the continuous improvement and growth of the people, process and technology has helped during their continued transformation journey.

Connect with us by searching “TribalHub” on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.  If you have a topic for the show, email Michelle at michelleb@tribalhub.com.

Show notes:

Choctaw Nation Website:  https://www.choctawnation.com/

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A 21st Century Road: Blazing Broadband Trails for Tribes with MuralNet

• January 15th, 2021

Access to broadband and wireless internet services has kept us together during the Covid pandemic.  From holiday zooms to online schooling; from telehealth calls to work from home office meetings, it’s the connection we needed during this crazy time.  Unfortunately, not everyone has had access to this type of connection.  

In Tribal communities, only 65% of the total population has access to broadband.  And half of tribal rural households don’t have access to a fixed wireless internet provided, which is over twice the rate of non-tribal households. (www.muralnet.org). 

So, how do we change this?  What can we do to help?  How do tribes battle this divide that seems to be getting bigger, not smaller?  Well, the answer isn’t easy.  But it’s out there, as you’ll hear in this conversation with Mariel Tiggs & Crystal Hottowe.  Mariel & Crystal work with the non-profit group, MuralNet.  Together, they help tribal nations bring internet access to tribal lands by helping tribes find grant opportunities, map out the FCC’s  Rural Tribal Priority Window that gives tribes the chance to apply for and receive spectrum licenses at no cost, find regional partners and so much more. Help is out there, and we hope this conversation will give you information that can be useful in your tribe's journey down this 21st Century Road.

Connect with us by searching “TribalHub” on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.  If you have a topic for the show, email Michelle at michelleb@tribalhub.com.

Show notes:

MuralNet website:  www.muralnet.org

Reference articles:  https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2020/10/29/fcc-grants-no-cost-broadband-spectrum-licenses-to-11-arizona-tribes/

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