People gather to sign petition, share concerns about Homeland Security tests

A woman shares her concerns about the Homeland Security report on planned testing at Chilacco Indian School during a meeting Wednesday, November 15, 2017. (KOKH/Jordann Lucero)

More than three dozen people met Wednesday night to share their concerns about chemical tests planned by the Department of Homeland Security.

The tests are scheduled at the old Chilocco Indian School, in northern Oklahoma just south of the Kansas border and about 10 miles from Newkirk, Oklahoma.

People who met in Newkirk Wednesday said they have a lot of questions about their safety and the impact to land and animals.

"What if a bird inhaled some kind of chemical and flies around and dies and lands in the water? Nobody knows and then all of a sudden it's in the well system," Shineesta Adams said. "I'm just appalled and upset about what's going on."

Organizers went over 22 points they find concerning about the Homeland Security report on the tests.

Homeland Security said the chemicals will be "inert" and that the tests will be used to see if people will be safe staying indoors, during a biological terror attack. The tests are scheduled for January and June.

People in Newkirk started a petition. They said they are working to contact Congressmen and the people who will conduct the tests. Some said they know people who are wiling to move onto the land in an attempt to stop the tests.

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