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The Cherokee Response to Covid-19: Face Masks, Made in the Cherokee Nation

 

February 11, 2021

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner and Chief of Staff Todd Enlow tour the tribe's PPE manufacturing facility in Stilwell, Okla. Courtesy photo.

In early September, when a shortage of medical masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19 swept the country, the Cherokee Nation decided it was time to make its own.

"We felt we needed to help try to fill that gap," Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Todd Enlow told Native News Online. "One of the things we looked at was face mask production.

Beginning in March, the Cherokee Nation will open two factories - one renovated, one newly built - that will enable it to produce between 100,000 to 200,000 masks a day. Using special machines purchased from overseas, the Cherokee Nation will manufacture N95, N99 and three-ply surgical masks. The company doesn't yet have a name for the manufacturing entity, Enlow said.

https://nativenewsonline.net/business/the-cherokee-response-to-covid-19-face-masks-made-in-the-cherokee-nation

 

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