Tribal Solutions: Small Native-Owned Business Expands, Seeks Indian Country Partners

Indian Country Today

Francella Giatrakis knew from the very beginning of her work life not only that she wanted to own her own business one day, but also that she wanted it to enable her to help Indian communities develop sustainable economies. Recently, her dream came true. Last year Giatrakis, a citizen of the Pueblo of Isleta near Albuquerque, New Mexico, bought out her business partner and is now the sole owner, president and CEO of Tribal Solutions, Inc. The company provides engineering, manufacturing and MRO services–that’s industry lingo for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul–to the global aerospace, defense and oil and gas markets. The business is located in North Dallas, Texas, with a facility for parts and logistics in Frisco, Texas, and another facility for its precision, machining and manufacturing group in Louisville, Texas...

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Toensing, Gale Courey. "Tribal Solutions: Small Native-Owned Business Expands, Seeks Indian Country Partners." Indian Country Today. May 16, 2013. Article. (, accessed June 3, 2024)

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