Tribal Tech, LLC No. 508 on the Inc. Magazine 5000 List

Vicki Vasques, CEO of Tribal Tech, LLC received word that Tribal Tech, LLC has earned the position of number 508 on Inc. Magazine’s 2014 list of up and coming companies. In a letter to Ms. Vasques, the President and Editor-in-Chief of Inc. Magazine wrote, “For thirty-three years, Inc. has welcomed the fastest-growing private companies in America into a very exclusive club.  The average company on the list grew a mind-boggling 516 percent.  Those are results most businesses could only dream of.” Ms. Vasques noted, “I want to congratulate the entire Tribal Tech, LLC team.  We are proud of what we have achieved and more importantly that we bring great service to our customers.  We look forward to many more years of growing our relationships with our customers and supporting their missions with high quality and cost effective diverse services.” Tribal Tech, LLC is an American Indian, Woman-Owned, 8(a), 8(m) small business.  They are a management and consulting company that provides a diverse range of services to federal, state, tribal and corporate clients.   The company is based in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, with offices and employees throughout the United States. Read the Article “The Best Startup Advice From My Father: ‘Serve Your People'”

TT Staff Shows Appreciation for Native Language Teachers

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, TT employee, Tom Dannan, wrote a letter recognizing teachers of Native language across Indian country. Tom wrote the letter on behalf on the Administration for Native Americans, where he currently works onsite. Indian Country Today Media Network picked up Tom’s piece and utilized clips in its article this week. TT would like to join Tom in encouraging everyone to show appreciation for their educators this week!

The article can be found here. A link to Tom’s full letter is included through this article as well.

TT Staff Attends Suquamish Tribal Youth Film Presentation at NMAI

On March 14, 2013 a group of youth media makers came to the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington DC to present their short film, We Are Aware/Are You?. The film was created by four high school students from the Suquamish Tribe in Washington State who are participating in the Coastal America Partnership at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, which helps raise awareness of coastal problems and promotes stewardship of our ocean resources. The students’ film highlights the impact of ocean acidification in their community, which occurs when there is too much CO2 in the ocean. This is an issue because the CO2 in the water kills shrimp larvae and slows calcification of shells in shellfish. While shellfish become more vulnerable to predators, the main food source for salmon is diminished, and it continues up the food chain. As a consequence, it may not be possible for future generations of Suquamish people to be divers, clam diggers, or fisherman like their parents and grandparents.

Currently the Tribe has little to no control over these issues; all they can do is spread awareness of the damaging effects of ocean acidification and what causes it, and talk to governors and state leaders.  Since Duwamish is a Superfund site, there are already actions underway to clean up the pollution and curb CO2 emissions, but students reported there is a long way to go. Therefore, the student filmmakers plan to target youth from the other tribes in the area, particularly setting up booths at the landing sites of next year’s Tribal Journeys. Students are also working with the Seattle Aquarium to study shellfish and get hard data to take to state legislators to get them to understand the problem; right now legislators are so focused on short-term issues they are missing the long-term impact of this problem. Other ideas that the students have are encouraging people to carpool, walk, bike, or take public transportation, and do other small things around your home and throughout your day to reduce your own carbon footprint.