Louisiana-based IEE Awarded Its First BIE Contract

Triptych Planning, LLC (TTP) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was awarded a contract for $379,924 by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) on July 22, 2021.

"My title is Proprietor of Problem Solving, not Owner or CEO because that's not what I do. I own the problem and find the solution. The BIE had a problem, to fly Indian Students safely and cost-effectively to and from home to their school in Oklahoma. They asked me to own the problem, and I provided the solution."

Triptych Planning is an Indian Economic Enterprise (IEE) owned by Christian J. (C.J.) Krueger, an enrolled member of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribe in Alaska.

The firm can find hotels for groups, even during shutdowns and natural or national emergencies, negotiate hotel contract terms, and have direct communications with national hotel brand sales offices, at no cost to the group.

"In the Marines, we learned that where there's a problem, there’s always a solution. It takes a little creativity, and sometimes it isn't exactly what leadership originally had in mind, but it's a solution. I ran my team with a "Fire and Forget" mentality, and leadership knew we would accomplish the mission, no need to worry or follow up.”

The firm is certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE), and National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) as a Veteran Owned Business (VOB). The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has verified the firm as a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB).

Triptych Planning is a client of the Native American Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) in Mesa, AZ. Ms. Krueger first became acquainted with the PTAC participating on several zoom calls during COVID. Then, she participated in a Native Edge Institute event in Charleston, South Carolina, where she presented "Lessons Learned" on the lunch panel.

"Everything they say about Native American PTAC is true. Their unwavering support and fountains of knowledge are there to help us as small business owners. Their entire purpose in life is to help make our lives easier. We hear these promises and goals from many different companies, but PTAC means it AND lives it."

Recently C.J. attended the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) presented by NCAIED in Las Vegas, Nevada. There she met her Tribal Corporation, the Tlingit and Haida Tribal Business Corporation (THTBC). THTBC provides facilities maintenance for federal facilities around the nation and is also the recipient of this year’s Company of the Year Award from the National Center.

Since RES, THTBC and TTP have been working together to support Operation Allies Refuge, to support the relocations of interested and eligible Afghan nationals and their immediate families who supported the U.S. Government over the last two decades. TTP assists in finding hotels to house the THTBC crews. "My goal is to find hotels that help the crews maintain a healthy work-life balance while on the road. With a warm welcome and safe, comfortable living space, they rest better and, in turn, work better, serving those that served us overseas.

"Some of these Afghan Refugees supported my unit in Afghanistan. I deployed to Kandahar Airport one week after 9/11. How wonderful that I can now support them here in the U.S. What a fantastic full circle of support 20 years in the making."

To learn more about Triptych Planning LLC, visit the website at https://www.triptychplanning.com and see her interview with NCAIED at Spotlight on a Native-Owned Business: TripTych Planning - ncaied