Cherokee Nation Views COVID as Impetus to Increase Domestic Production
Source:  |  |  “We determined that never again will Cherokee Nation be at the mercy of the government of the United States. We are actually engaged in constructing domestic production of masks here in Cherokee Nation,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. said during the Native Business Virtual Summit.
“We are also looking at COVID, not as some opportunity to exploit but an opportunity to do better in the future,” shared Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. during the Native Business Virtual Summit live broadcast. Federal dependency has weakened Indian Country. “One of the things that troubled me is that the United States is the wealthiest country on the face of the Earth. And yet, last spring, somehow we were running out of masks in this country. That struck me as just abysmal, and we can’t have that,” Hoskin continued. “So I determined, and my deputy chief and our Tribal Council, we determined that never again will Cherokee Nation be at the mercy of the government of the United States when it comes to something as simple as PPE for our health care workers,” he stated. Cherokee Nation is now constructing a facility for “domestic production of masks here in the Cherokee Nation. I think it’d be good if this country focused more on domestic production, period. But what better way to do it than in Indian Country?” Hoskin asked.