TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation is working to further expand food sovereignty with the help of a new grant offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The tribe received nearly $250,000 as part of the Local Meat Capacity Grant to purchase new equipment for 1839 Cherokee Meat Co. that increases overall operational efficiencies.

“This award is further demonstration of our growing relationship with USDA and our commitment to expanding our reach and impact in Cherokee Nation’s fight for food sovereignty,” said Adrian Sinclair, plant manager for 1839 Cherokee Meat Co. “Through these advancements, we are ensuring our business has what it needs to not only keep up with growing demands, but also to serve as a leader in the industry and an example for Indian Country.”

The funds were utilized to purchase an industrial packaging machine, a tabletop grinder, a slicer, additional freezers and more.

With the improved efficiencies, 1839 is expanding its offerings within the retail storefront to include more specialty items such as marinated fajita beef and more.

These additions come just in time for Independence Day alongside discounted brisket, pork butt, pork spareribs and ground beef packages for the holiday.

1839 Cherokee Meat Co. is located at 18919 N. 466 Road in Tahlequah and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Saturday, Sunday, Independence Day and Christmas Day.

For more information, please visit www.1839CherokeeMeatCo.com or call 918-207-3688.