TribalNet Recognizes Three Outstanding IT Teams with Industry Awards. CDC Newswire · December 9, 2019 at 12:11 pm Dec 9, 2019 – Three Information Technology (IT) teams were recently recognized during the 20th Annual TribalNet Conference and Tradeshow in Nashville, TN. TribalNet has been officially recognizing IT teams for exemplary work since 2008. TribalNet had called for nominations earlier this summer and each application was reviewed by the TribalNet Advisory Boards, made up of technology decision makers and executives in Tribal Enterprises, Gaming, Government and Health. This peer-to-peer recognition has become a long-standing tradition and one that marks a high level of prestige. First, the Soboba Casino Resort’s IT Department was selected as an award recipient based on the integral role they played in opening the replacement Soboba Casino Resort Facility. They implemented all the backbone fiber and computing infrastructure for a new Fire Station, Health Clinic, and Commodities Centers. Along with providing all tribal residences full broadband internet to allow the ease of access to telemedicine, job employment, and business opportunities to continue to improve their tribe. Steven Nino, CIO at Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, had this to say in response to the award, “I am delighted to receive this prestigious 2019 TribalNet Industry Award. Being recognized for this award is a great indication that our technology roadmap is being again recognized as appropriate and supported by a genuinely reputable and respected organization in the Tribal Government and Gaming world in TribalNet.” Next was the Cherokee Nation Health IT Department who took home an award. In the past two years, the Cherokee Nation Health IT department has been heavily involved in planning and advising the largest tribal outpatient health facility in the nation, as a state of the art, high tech place for patients to receive health care. The facility has more than 240 exam rooms, two MRI machines, an ambulatory surgery center, 34 dental chairs, and specialty health services not previously offered. The facility will bring over 800 additional jobs into Cherokee Nation over the next few years including an additional 100 physicians. Donnie Parish, CIO at Cherokee Nation Health said, “To bring this award back to the Health IT department is quite an honor. It definitely takes a team to be able to accomplish any project whether large or small, and our team is always up to the task! A lot of effort, planning, and coordination went into every day. Our healthcare system is growing and expanding to meet the needs of the patients we serve.” Finally, the Ho-Chunk Nation was recognized with one of this year’s awards. When asked what makes this team deserving of recognition for excellence, their response painted a vivid picture of the day to day challenges they face and their commitment to slaying IT dragons day in and day out. IT Supervisor, Bobby Bird says, “Technology is an ever changing, living, almost breathing structure of a beast; our department is equivalent to the warriors that battle the beast. The sheer expanse of area that we cover can be overwhelming, throw in the diversity of programs and departments that we service and we could now be considered wizards of industry.” The Ho-Chunk Nation has multiple casino locations and IT leadership is implementing the same best practices across locations thereby ensuring processes are streamlined. TribalNet plans to announce the call for Industry Award nominations in the Spring of 2020. Recipients will be recognized at the 21st Annual TribalNet Conference being held Nov 9-12 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. Nominations and recommendations can come from anyone as we will be seeking teams in Tribal Gaming, Government and Health who are showcasing impactful and innovative mindsets.