WCA takes on multiple programs to help tribal citizens during pandemic


September 23, 2021

Marc Lutz/ Wrangell Sentinel

Arthur Larsen checks on salmon in his smokehouse, which was built by the Wrangell Cooperative Association as part of its effort to assist tribal citizens during the pandemic, while encouraging food sustainability.

From building smokehouses and gardens to assisting with utility and food bills, the Wrangell Cooperative Association has been working to help its tribal citizens make it through the financial and emotional stress of the pandemic.

"We took a hard look at what the WCA citizens were facing with the pandemic," said Esther Ashton, tribal administrator. That included financial needs and helping to build food self-sufficiency, she said.

The eight-member elected tribal council last year considered how best to use the federal aid allocated under the CARES Act, and then this year looked at providing...

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