October 20,  2020


US indigenous groups to operate meat plants in Oklahoma next year



The United States' Cherokee, Osage and Creek nations are planning to open separate meat processing plants in Oklahoma in early 2021.

The Cherokee are one of the indigenous people of the Southeastern Woodlands of the United States. The Osage Nation is a Midwestern Native American tribe of the Great Plains. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is a federally-recognized Native American tribe based in Oklahoma

According to the Tulsa World, the Cherokee Nation will repurpose a former horticultural nursery to create a 12,000-square-foot facility on Nation property west of Tahlequah. Meanwhile, the Osage Nation has already begun construction of a 25,000-square-foot plant in Hominy.

The Cherokee facility has an estimated US$1 million cost, and, when finished, will process beef, pork and bison. The plant would employ up to seven people.

The Osage Nation plant has an estimated US$8 million cost and is expected to employ 30 people and be operational by January 1 next year. The Osage News reported the tribe owns 3,000 head of cattle.

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation broke ground in early October on a US$10 million facility in Glenpool, a city on the south side of Tulsa. Named the Loop Square Meat Company after the tribe's brand for its cattle and ranch, the facility will offer meat processing and retail meats to the general public. The facility is expected to employ 25 people.

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