Kimberly Teehee joins Cherokee Nation Businesses as Vice President of Special Projects
TULSA, OKLAHOMA – Cherokee Nation Businesses, the tribally owned holding company of the Cherokee Nation, has named Kimberly Teehee vice president of special projects.
“We have always been proud of Kim’s service to our country during her lengthy tenure in Washington, D.C., and we are delighted to welcome her back home to the Cherokee Nation. Here she’ll put her unparalleled skill set to work with Cherokee Nation Businesses as we continue to diversify and grow our business interests,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “She brings a wealth of experience home to the Cherokee Nation, from the White House to the U.S. Capitol to her work as a lobbyist on critical Native issues. That experience will serve us well in her new role as CNB’s vice president of special projects.”
Teehee, a Cherokee Nation citizen, will work with CNB’s executive vice president and chief executive officer in a variety of capacities, while leveraging her extensive experience to advance the Cherokee Nation’s economic development priorities.
“I am excited to be returning home to Cherokee Nation after being away for nearly 20 years to work in Washington, D.C.,” said Teehee. “I am truly humbled and honored to serve my tribe and to help build on the successes of Cherokee Nation Businesses by growing the Cherokee economy through diversification and job creation and providing the resources that support essential social services upon which our citizens rely. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the great Cherokee Nation.”
Teehee served three years as the first-ever senior policy advisor for Native American affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council for President Obama’s administration. There she advised President Obama on Native American policy and worked with all federal agencies at the highest level in developing and implementing policies focused on tribal consultation, tribal self-determination, economic growth, public safety, health care, education and resolving longstanding disputes.
She was also instrumental in the three White House Tribal Nations Conferences and led a government-wide team to ensure progress was being made on tribal policy and legislative priorities.
“I have no doubt that the passion and experience Kim is bringing to CNB will help us continue to further our mission of creating jobs and diversifying our business interests,” said Shawn Slaton, chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “She’s worked for the betterment of Indian Country for a number of years, and we are thrilled she will continue that with the Cherokee Nation and for the Cherokee people.”
Prior to serving the White House, Kim was an advisor to Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI), co-chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Native American Caucus. She served the bi-partisan caucus for more than a decade and helped make legislative progress on array of Native American issues.
Teehee most recently worked for a Native American legislative policy firm in Washington, D.C.
The Claremore, Oklahoma, native worked a number of years for the Cherokee Nation prior to heading to the Nation’s capital. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northeastern State University.