Winnebago Tribal Woman Credits Ho-Chunk for Career Opportunities
Victoria Kitcheyan joined Ho-Chunk, Inc. in 2006 as a contract administrator for a Ho-Chunk subsidiary. Later she was promoted to office administrator in support of government contracts. Today, Kitcheyan is office manager for All Native Managed Services, a new Ho-Chunk subsidiary involved in government contracting.
“Working at Ho-Chunk, Inc. has been such a rich experience. I’ve gained mentors and been able to grow my career. Before Ho-Chunk, Inc. there were few career and virtually no housing opportunities for a single young adult. I’ve also bought reliable transportation from Rez Cars, part of Ho Chunk. All in all, Ho-Chunk, Inc. afforded me the prospect to live and work at home in Winnebago, Nebraska,” said Kitcheyan in a press release.
Kitcheyan received her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in Tribal management in 2006 from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. She is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
In the summer 2011, the Native American Contractors Association (NACA) held its inaugural Emerging Native Leaders Summit. Kitcheyan urged the support for the Native 8(a)s because they support Tribes, people, youth and elders. She sees government contracting as a win-win for Indian Country—having jobs, doing quality work, and providing opportunities for Tribal members.