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Window Rock, Arizona – Immediate release – The BRIC, a subsidiary of Diné Development Corporation (DDC), a company wholly owned by the Navajo Nation, has strengthened its commitment to expand its natural and cultural resources program offerings through the acquisition of all commercial and federal contracts operated by Albuquerque, NM based Ecosystem Management, Inc (EMI).

“EMI principals were employed by the Navajo Nation prior to starting their consulting firm.  From its inception, EMI conducted over 1,000 projects on the Navajo Nation for tribal, federal, and private sector clients. The acquisition will allow us to continue the Navajo Nation work which all staff enjoy, as well as expand the federal contracting opportunities. DDC and its subsidiary companies see their employees as an extension of their family and capitalize on every opportunity to provide additional value to their clients, which are the same values EMI built its business on.” – Michael Tremble, former Principal of EMI.

The acquisition was completed in December 2018, and the BRIC is actively leveraging the strength of the newly acquired contracts, key personnel and valued clients. The acquisition provides a seamless transition for EMI’s clients and teaming partners and enhances BRIC’s service and response capabilities. Additionally, the BRIC’s SBA 8(a) certification and tribal status will provide additional client contracting options to include sole source awards up to $22M. The acquisition includes a project office in Montana.  Most of EMI’s operational staff have been retained as part of the acquisition, and Mr. Michael Tremble continues in his leadership role serving as the BRIC’s Director of Operations to ensure virtually zero impact on day-to-day operations and service delivery.

“The addition of EMI Project Managers, Archaeologists, Biologists, and Environmental Scientists will certainly compliment BRIC’s existing service offerings.  An example of one of our new contracts includes conducting environmental site assessments in support of the Navajo Nations’ abandoned uranium mines program, which directly supports Navajo employment opportunities.  BRIC is truly poised to contribute substantially to our valued clients, employees and the Navajo Nation.” – Austin Tsosie, DDC CEO.

Diné Development Corporation (DDC) is wholly owned by the Navajo Nation government and was established to facilitate the Nation’s opportunities to conduct business through the creation of subsidiary corporations, joint ventures and partnerships. DDC was formed in 2004 to help create new jobs, revenues and profits primarily through the participation in the U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development program. The 8(a) Program was created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market. DDC’s business portfolio includes six companies: NOVA, DDC-ITS, DDC 4C, BRIC, Diné Source and North Stone. For more information about DDC and family of subsidiary companies, visit, 2018.ddc-dine.com.


Contact: Jocelyn Billy-Upshaw, Director of Marketing | jocelyn.billy-upshaw@2018.ddc-dine.com


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