Cherokee Nation Assurance employee presents during Department of Defense annual celebration

November 22, 2017

Cherokee Nation citizen and program manager for Cherokee Nation Assurance, Seth Wanger speaks to the Defense Health Agency during DOD’s annual National American Indian Heritage Month celebration. Cherokee Nation citizen and program manager for Cherokee Nation Assurance, Seth Wanger speaks to the Defense Health Agency during DOD’s annual National American Indian Heritage Month celebration.

Seth Wanger speaks to DHA in honor of Native American Heritage Month

TULSA, Okla. – The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Health Agency invited Cherokee Nation Assurance’s Seth Wanger to serve as a guest speaker in honor of National Native American Heritage Month.

Wanger, a Cherokee Nation citizen, serves as a program manager supporting CNA’s contract with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

“Speaking at DHA’s National American Indian Heritage Month observance was a truly rewarding experience,” said Wanger. “I was honored to participate and have the opportunity to raise awareness of our tribe’s rich history, traditions and culture, as well as share CNB’s mission and goals for growing Cherokee Nation’s economy.”

In celebration and honor of Native Americans, the Department of Defense and its entities observe November as National American Indian Heritage Month. This year’s theme, Standing Together, highlights the military contributions and sacrifices made by Native Americans to protect the United States.

Wanger presented to both military and civilian support staff during the NAIH event. The agency presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation for his efforts.

“Seth is an excellent ambassador for Cherokee Nation and the Native American community,” said Richard Mylod, operations general manager for CNA. “It was a significant honor for him to represent Cherokee Nation and CNB, and he did so outstandingly while also demonstrating our unwavering support of DHA and their mission.”

Wanger has worked for Cherokee Nation Businesses for more than five years and has overseen successful programs across the nation. He began his career with CNB in accounting and finance at the company’s Colorado office.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver, which Wanger largely credits to his use of CNB’s tuition reimbursement program, and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Oklahoma State University.

President Donald J. Trump proclaimed the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month in late October. Similar proclamations, designed to recognize American Indians and Alaska Natives for their significant contributions in U.S. history, have been issued since 1990 when President George H.W. Bush first approved a joint resolution designating the entire month of November to be recognized as National American Indian Heritage Month.

Cherokee Nation Assurance specializes in delivering research, business and technology solutions that support the mission of the Department of Defense in providing military personnel the care they need, as well as vital support to public health initiatives in the United States. Wholly owned by Cherokee Nation, CNA is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies. For more information, please visit www.cherokee-cna.com.