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Beef Supply Chain Breaking? Not Even Close At The Quapaw Nation's Beef Processing Plant.


The Quapaw Tribe raises over 1,300 cattle and bison on their ranch to be processed and sold in the state of Oklahoma and beyond. Allison Herrera

When I visited Quapaw Nation's beef processing plant in 2018, it was less than a year old. The building was still pretty shiny and cattle and bison grazed on a vast field. They had a dozen or so employees and were in the process of getting one of the first Native Americans-a young Quapaw man to be trained as a USDA meat inspector. Today, a lot has changed.

"So,we've been extremely busy," said Chairman John Berrey. "We could use more meat cutters. We're at full capacity right now and have been throughout the pandemic."

Berrey has been the Chairman of the Quapaw Nation for 19 years now. An elder asked him to lead the tribe.


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