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Tribes in Green Country work to keep people safe in pandemic

Posted at 4:22 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 19:56:38-04

TULSA, Okla. — Native American tribes are doing their best to keep citizens safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congress allocated nearly $2 billion in Cares Act funding to tribes in Oklahoma.

Tribal officials are using some of those funds to build a meat processing facilities. Tribes witnessed how the country faced a meat shortage and processing delay after several factories closed due to workers suffering from the deadly virus.

To combat these shortages rural and tribal communities are building these processing facilities to increase access to high-quality meat and produce.

“One of the first things we realized was that people would go intro grocery stores and there would be nothing on the shelf or the food that was there was three times what it used to cost,” said James Weigant, Osage Nation Covid-19 Task Force Coordinator.

2 Works for You is taking a closer look at how tribes in Green Country are responding to the pandemic in special coverage: Native America: The Road to Recovery.

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