Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
Can you give us a look at the areas of the tribe your IT team of six provides support to?
Your department has grown over the last couple of years, what are some of the key projects you have been working on with your team?
Also included within the Widoktadwen Projects were various technologies that were installed within the Government Center, and Department of Public Works facility as well as both health clinics such as storage area network, server virtualization, access control, video conferencing, digital signage and much more. As we continue to move forward, we have also been focusing on developing policies, procedures and building a solid framework to work from to provide a solid foundation for years to come.
What’s coming up this year for your department?
The Technology Department is also looking to host a few Lunch and Learn sessions with our Membership on technology items such as safe browsing on the internet and protecting against identity theft, among a few others. We are also looking into holding some workshops with our youth to encourage Tribal Members to consider a career in Information Technology.
In what ways would you say you’ve had to balance “leadership” vs “technical” in your role as CIO?
How important has the support from your tribal council been for your team’s progression?
It’s been extremely important. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our dedicated staff and ongoing support of our tribal council. In fact I’d like to share another quote, this one a collaborative comment from our Tribal Council, “Leaders strive to provide members with quality care. The IT staff stands for the common good of bridging relationships and its succession. The passion and dedication of this team is another step of the revitalization for the Pine Creek Indian Reservation.” Each year the tribe publishes an annual report and year in review- you can really see the support and cohesiveness we have as an organization. IT is proud to be a big part of that, helping us all grow and move forward.
Your team was one of the recipients recognized for achievements this year at TribalNet, as recommended by your tribal council. What did this recommendation and recognition mean to you and your team?
We were honored to be the recipient of such a prestigious award. I’m fortunate to have the greatest IT Team that goes above and beyond each and every day. Their hard work, passion, dedication, technical expertise and personable approach has been the gateway to our success. We also would like to thank our Tribal Council for all of their continued support along with TribalNet for bringing Technology and Tribes together. This was our first time attending the conference and we will definitely be back this year. We attended some very valuable presentations and the networking with other Tribes was beneficial as well. We are looking forward to this year’s event.