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Apela Strategic Solutions has a thorough understanding of tribal sovereignty and why it’s so important to the tribes. We also understand that while tribes possess commercial businesses, their real mission is to serve their people. They accomplish this through the money generated through the commercial businesses. They utilize those funds to provide healthcare, housing, education, career and life enrichment programs. However, Tribes are complex and can be difficult to navigate and require specialized or customized solutions. That’s where we come in.

Apela Strategic Solutions has a thorough knowledge of the tribal relationships with federal and state governments. We also have first-hand experience of what’s important to tribes and businesses; true service to the tribal citizens and employees.

Our Core Values

Honesty • Integrity • Diligence • Stewardship • Accountability • Loyalty 

Tena Jolley is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Apela Strategic Solutions. She is Native American and a citizen of the Choctaw Tribe. Tena has a Master’s degree in both Human Resources Administration and Public Health, Healthcare Administration and Policy. She has spent the last 25 years working for the Chickasaw Nation most of which was in the benefits and human resources divisions. During her tenure with the Chickasaw Nation it became abundantly clear that there was a need for someone who understood the unique complexities of tribal organizations and is truly dedicated to serving their populations.