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Cherokee Nation Moves Ahead On CARES Projects

(left to right) Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Todd Enlow, Secretary of State Tina Glory Jordan, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Rex Jordan break ground in Hulbert on Sept. 8 at the future site of a PPE manufacturing facility.

The Cherokee Nation launched new construction and remodeling plans as part of their COVID-19 response plan.

On Tuesday, the nation broke ground on $25 million worth of building and remodeling projects known as Respond, Recover and Rebuild. The eight new facilities and four remodeling projects, located in Vinita, Pryor, Stillwell, Tahlequah and other towns throughout the Nation, will include a PPE manufacturing facility, a food outreach site and a new employee healthcare facility.

"We are finding ways to put Cherokees to work here by manufacturing equipment that will make a difference in our community and across the country," said District 7 Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan. "COVID has certainly taken a toll on all of us, but by having a site to manufacture PPE and test for COVID in our community, we will make a huge difference."

Money for the projects comes from CARES Act money the tribe received in the spring.

Cherokee Nation officials are hopeful the investment of funds will provide jobs and critical infrastructure for the tribe.

Allison Herrera is a radio and print journalist who's worked for PRX's The World, Colorado Public Radio as the climate and environment editor and as a freelance reporter for High Country News’ Indigenous Affairs desk.
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