Cherokee Data Solutions - Legacy

In October of 2001, Pamela Lynn Huddleston-Bickford started Cherokee Data Solutions with a garage sale desk that had been stuffed into the corner of a bedroom and a computer that she had almost no idea how to use. She had grown frustrated with watching her husband, Paul, work for large faceless corporations and saw many other people in Indian Country stuck in the same situation. If there was one thing Pam never understood, it was a brick wall. She was told "no" by banks, investors, suppliers, etc but it never stopped her and she found a way to win. A few years later and with kids out of the house, Paul quit his job and went to work with Pam building CDS. The loss of regular income meant that they moved into a 29' RV so they could use the house space for the operation that was at this point in full swing, and so that lasted for well over a year before they were able to purchase the office on Blue Starr that most CDS customers, employees, and vendors are familiar with.

Her business was characterized by statements like "Find a way to win", "Failure is not an option", and "I can, I will, watch me". She adopted these from football teams and NASA, but she invariably had her own spin. While her visionary attitude forged a path for CDS, Paul's logical engineering mindset gave the dreams deep roots that provided a foundation to support the growth they experienced during this time.

As many of you know, we lost Dad to a car accident in 2013 and a few years later we also lost Mom to medical issues in 2016. As it was Mom's desire, Chrystal took the responsibility of leading and caring for the company while also enabling it to retain many of its certifications. Over the last three years she continued to fulfill Mom's vision of employing primarily Native-American employees and bringing business into this region.

18 years after Mom put a desk in the corner of a bedroom, it became clear that the purpose for which CDS was organized had run it's course. It isn't that all good things come to an end, but rather that all things have their season and the sun has set on this venture. We are immensely proud of our parents and we see the world from a unique perspective because we stand on the shoulders of giants. We hope to carry that legacy to their grandchildren and hope that those who were fortunate enough to cross paths with Mom and Dad will do the same. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to us directly.

Moving forward, look for more great things growing from the Cherokee Data Solutions legacy. As the boats leave the harbor, there are new ventures on the horizon. Chrystal has begun to look into Real Estate and BJ has expressed interest in continuing the promotional side of the business under the name NDN Ink. Uncle Scott, who moved back to Claremore to help out after Dad's passing, has a few of his own ideas that we will let him share when he is ready.

A couple business notes...

If you are a current customer, please do not be alarmed. Closing a business is a process, not a procedure. We will continue to take orders through the end of October. If you have a valid quote or purchase order by the end of the month, we will continue to work that order until it is fulfilled or the quote expires. Our phones and fax are still on and the golden rule still applies.

The Cherokee Data Solutions name, logo, mark, and brand have not been licensed nor authorized for use outside of this legacy page which will remain on the okcds.com server and for wrapping up business during the wind-down. Additionally, Chrystal has been designated as the sole authority to make commitments for or speak on behalf of CDS during the wind down. If you are aware of former owners, employees, or anybody else claiming to speak on behalf of or do business under the Cherokee Data Solutions name, please let us know at legal@okcds.com