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Chris Roper, Agriculture Director of the Quapaw Tribe, stands next to a variety of products sold at the new Quapaw Mercantile distribution center in downtown Quapaw. The distribution center opened last week and is located in the heart of Quapaw for customer convenience. Photo by KIMBERLY BARKER / MNR

QUAPAW – The Quapaw Tribe opened up the new Quapaw Cattle Company distribution center last week.

Called Quapaw Mercantile, it is located in their office space in downtown Quapaw.

Quapaw Mercantile provides a variety of Quapaw Cattle Co. beef and bison products including ribeye steaks, beef bacon and bratwursts. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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PAWHUSKA – February 3, 2015. It’s a date she repeats in a flat voice. February 3, 2015. It’s the day everything crashed down. The day everything was lost.

“Asbestos rained down into our store and ruined everything – all of our textiles. All of our clothing, our ribbon work, our beadwork. Everything.” Danette Daniels says.

A roof repair gone wrong had just destroyed her entire inventory. The Cedar Chest, her store specializing in all things Osage, was effectively shut down.

“It was a horrible, horrible event,” she says.

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SEMINOLE (AP) – Seminole Nation Principal Chief Leonard Harjo wants to be able to tell his tribe’s story, but developing a tourism industry takes money.

That’s why the tribe has turned to a winery and vineyard venture, he said. The operation also gives Seminole Nation citizens an opportunity to use their land.

“The winery and vineyard offers a source of economic diversity,” Harjo said. “We have a lot of individuals with small acreages within the Seminole Nation, and we were looking for a way for them to earn some income.”

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TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation recently celebrated the opening of its new Gallery Shop, a gift shop inside the Cort Mall in downtown Tahlequah that offers everything from handmade coffee mugs and beaded earrings to wall décor in the Cherokee syllabary made by Native artists.

The Gallery Shop, at 215 S. Muskogee Ave., houses more than a dozen Cherokee artists’ work. It’s located directly across from the Spider Gallery.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Cherokee Nation Commerce leaders and Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce members cut a ribbon during a grand opening ceremony earlier this month.

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