The Cherokee, Osage and Muscogee (Creek) Nations are using funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to open meat processing facilities.
The Cherokee Nation is repurposing a greenhouse to build a 12,000-square-foot facility to process beef and bison, employing seven people. The facility located north of Tahlequah, OK, will open in early 2021 and will serve the Nation.
The Osage Nation’s 25,000-square-foot plant is expected to cost an estimated $8 million, employ 30 people, and be operational by Jan. 1, 2021. The Nation owns 3,000 head of cattle, and the meat will go to the Osage people who live in and around the community.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation started construction on a $10 million facility in Glenpool, south of Tulsa, OK. The facility is to be named the Loop Square Meat Company after the Nation’s brand for its cattle and ranch will offer meat processing and retail meats to the general public. The facility is expected to employ 25 people and be operational in early 2021.