Cherokee Nation introduces historic jobs initiative to employ and train Cherokee citizens

May 18, 2011

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The Cherokee Nation announced today a groundbreaking jobs initiative called “Jobs Well Done” that will include a variety of innovative training, employment and placement services for Cherokee citizens. The program is the first of its kind among Native American tribes, creating a one-stop shop environment to connect people with the programs they need to become gainfully employed. 

“We want to continue to give Cherokee people the tools they need to help themselves and others at the same time,” said Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. “The best service our government can offer its citizens is a job. Work allows them to take care of their families and be an asset in their communities. The Jobs Well Done program helps immediately link Cherokees with good-paying jobs, or training and mentoring to build successful long-term careers.” 

The goal of Jobs Well Done, a partnership between the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses, is to cut through the unnecessary red tape often associated with job searching and employment and training programs. Jobs Well Done seeks to increase employment among Cherokees in five distinct ways. The program connects individuals with jobs inside Cherokee Nation or CNB that match a person’s skill set; establishes a day training program that provides immediate on-the-job experience and a paycheck; provides vocational and educational assistance; offers counseling for career path development; and emphasizes internships within the Cherokee Nation or CNB. 

“This is a way to connect our citizens immediately with the program that best fits a person’s situation,” Smith said. “Whether it’s a full-time job, immediate employment in the day training program, a mentorship, training or other service, Jobs Well Done is an innovative way to put Cherokees to work.” 

One of the most important functions of Jobs Well Done is a central job bank connecting Cherokee citizens with open careers inside the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Businesses or Cherokee Indian-certified businesses. This centralized job listing will allow potential applicants to view hundreds of open positions and request more information. A personalized aspect of the Jobs Well Done job bank includes a recruiter contacting each potential applicant to further discuss his or her career goals. 

Other features include vocational training, an internship program, career path development and a day training program for those who can work immediately and earn a paycheck the same day. For many years, the Cherokee Nation career services department has offered some of these career planning tools and training programs for its citizens, but this is the first time those services have been offered in direct conjunction with Cherokee Nation Businesses. 

“Our people are our greatest resource,” Smith said. “Cherokees are intelligent, resourceful and want to work. This program is going to help place those people in the right positions or give them the resources to advance their careers in other ways.” 

Those interested in the program can register their profile information at or at a field office to receive more information from a Cherokee Nation representative. Once the profile information is collected, it will be used to connect applicants with the program that best suits his or her needs. 

For more information about the Jobs Well Done program, visit or call 1 (855) 487-JOBS (5627).

Cherokee Nation Businesses News Release
Amanda Clinton 918-384-6944

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