Oct. 19 2006 10:28 AM

, October 17, 2006 _ The Potawatomi Business

Development Corporation (PBDC), owned and operated by the Forest County

Potawatomi Community, announced today a new partnership with HCI

Distribution and Ho Chunk, Inc., the business development arm of the

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. The partnership will focus on the launching

of HCI Logistics, a Native American owned Transportation Brokerage Company.



"HCI Distribution has been in the transportation business for the past

seven years and has quickly become the largest minority owned business in

Nebraska," said Carol Leese, Potawatomi Business Development Corporation

CEO. "Their knowledge of the transportation industry and established

relationships, make it attractive to establish this new HCI Logistics venture."


"HCI Logistics will certainly leverage our existing success formula for

transportation and distribution," said Mike Porter, CEO, HCI Distribution. "We

have the infrastructure in place and have identified an increased demand

for logistics solutions from a minority-owned provider. We're excited about

working with the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation and look

forward to a long-term, successful partnership."


HCI Logistics will be an SBA 8a and HubZone certified Logistics Company

with licensed motor carries and licensed transportation brokerage services.

HCI Logistics will open offices in Omaha, Nebraska and serve local and

regional customers. Future plans include a Milwaukee, Wisconsin distribution



About Ho-Chunk, Inc. and HCI Distribution


Ho-Chunk, Inc. is the economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe of

Nebraska. Located in the beautiful rolling hills of Winnebago, Nebraska, our

immediate mission is a simple one _ to use the Tribe's various economic and

legal advantages to develop and operate successful Tribally owned

business enterprises and to provide jobs for Tribal members. Such businesses are

being developed both on and off the Winnebago reservation.  The long-term

mission of Ho-Chunk is to provide the Tribe with a large enough income stream

from its business operations to enable the Tribe to reach total economic

self-sufficiency.  In addition to the creation of diversified business

enterprises both on and off the reservation and the creation of jobs for Native

Americans, Ho-Chunk, Inc. is really in the business of long-term

economic development for the Winnebago Tribe. For more information on Ho-Chunk,

Inc., visit their website at www.hochunkinc.com.


HCI Distribution markets Native American tobacco and gasoline products

blended on the Winnebago Reservation. In 2003, HCI Distribution was

named the largest minority-owned business in Nebraska. We market tobacco

products manufactured by four tribes and one non-tribal entity to approximately 60 tribes or tribally affiliated entities. The gasoline division sells blended fuel to seven tribes in the region. HCI Distribution is located in a new 16,000 square foot facility in the Ho-Chunk Village Development in

Winnebago. For more information on HCI Distribution, visit their website at



About the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation


The Potawatomi Business Development Corporation is owned an operated by

the Forest County Potawatomi Community of Wisconsin. The Corporation

seeks to diversify Potawatomi business holdings beyond gaming in effort

to secure the future of the Potawatomi tribe for the next 7 generations and

beyond. In addition to Potawatomi Design Group, other Wisconsin business

operations include 1Prospect--a technology solutions company. For more

information on the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation, visit