WCA building smokehouses


December 31, 2020

Caleb Vierkant/ Wrangell Sentinel

Eric Gerald (left) and Jared Gross (right) helping to assemble smokehouses at the WCA carving shed Tuesday morning, Dec. 29.

Over the past few days, people have been hard at work in and around the WCA carving shed on Front Street, constructing smokehouses. These smokehouses are part of the cooperative association's COVID-19 pandemic response, according to Tribal Administrator Esther Reese. They are using a portion of their CARES Act funding they received for this and other projects, Reese said, to promote food self-sufficiency and a return to a traditional lifestyle among tribal citizens.

About 70 smokehouses are being constructed, she said. For tribal citizens who do not have the space for a traditional smokehou...

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