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Where to Stash Cannabis Cash? Tribal Nations Make Bid to Bank It

Shaun Gindi brought a duffel bag stuffed with 1,000 twenty-dollar bills to open a checking account at his local Chase branch. He was successful.

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Marijuana & Hemp

3/21/2017

article 2nd Mendocino County tribe files claim over pot eradication
(California) -- The Hopland Band of Pomo Indians is seeking more than $25,000 in damages from Mendocino County for 847 marijuana plants it claims were illegally...

3/15/2017

article Really High Noon in the Nevada Desert
(Las Vegas) -- It had the makings of a duel in the desert, the first clash between the legion of marijuana lovers emboldened by a surge of legalization and a new federal...
press release Tribal Leaders Cannabis Symposium
(California) -- The Santa Ysabel Tribal Enterprise Consulting group, in collaboration with Native Network Consulting and Emerald Enterprise Inc., will co-host the Tribal...

3/11/2017

article Nevada senator proposes bill to legalize cannabis clubs and marijuana use at events
(Reno) -- A bill proposed this legislative session aims to bring more tourists to Nevada to use recreational marijuana. "That's what we do. We sell sex. We sell...

3/9/2017

article Much was learned at Tribe’s first cannabis symposium
(Washington) -- By all counts, the first Puyallup Tribal Medical Marijuana Symposium was a great success. Attracting a nice-sized crowd to the EQC Showroom that Saturday...

3/7/2017

article Feds ‘Just Say No’ to Marijuana at High Times Cup on Tribal Lands
(Las Vegas) -- I’ve said it time and again — more state regulation of marijuana is going to lead to fewer and fewer cannabis cups and similar marijuana...

3/6/2017

article US snuffs pot fans’ plans to party on tribal land near Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- A federal prosecutor has snuffed out plans by pot fans to celebrate Nevada’s new recreational marijuana law by lighting up on an American Indian...

3/5/2017

article Gaming regulators consistent with message to steer clear of pot business
(Las Vegas) -- When Attorney General Jeff Sessions explained how and why the Justice Department would address pot smoking, for both medical and recreational purposes, it...
press release National Indian Cannabis Coalition Says DOJ Challenge to Cannabis Event Could Have Been Avoided
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Indian Cannabis Coalition (NICC), the only tribal advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring tribal entities have the opportunity to...

3/4/2017

article US snuffs pot fans’ plans to party on Indian land near Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- A federal prosecutor has snuffed out plans by pot fans to celebrate Nevada’s new recreational marijuana law by lighting up on an Indian reservation...
article Less pot, no federal raids through early hours of marijuana festival on Indian land near Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- A marijuana festival on Indian reservation land that gained national attention earlier this week after a U.S. federal attorney threatened to shut it down...

3/3/2017

article Feds Threaten to Shut Down Marijuana Festival on Tribal Land
(Nevada) -- The marijuana festival known as the Cannabis Cup, scheduled to be held this week on the tribal land known as the Moapa Paiute reservation outside Las Vegas,...

3/2/2017

article Native Cannabis Director: Anti-Pot Talk Is White House Scare Tactic
(Washington D.C.) -- Jeff Doctor, executive director of the National Indian Cannabis Coalition, spoke with ICMN recently about announcements by the Trump administration...

2/28/2017

article Federal letter targets Las Vegas area marijuana festival
(Nevada) -- The Cannabis Cup is scheduled on Moapa tribal land this weekend. The cup, which has been hosted in other states before, is a competition for the best of the...
article Tribe hosting marijuana festival near Las Vegas, despite warning from feds
(Nevada) -- The Moapa Paiute Tribe is going ahead with plans to host a marijuana festival near Las Vegas this weekend, despite warnings from the U.S. attorney in Nevada...

2/27/2017

article New Mexico tribe puts up land for $160M medicinal greenhouse
(New Mexico) -- On a patch of tribal land in western New Mexico, a Delaware-based company plans to build a $160 million state-of-the-art greenhouse for researching and...
article Exclusive: Feds threatening to shut down marijuana festival, Cannabis Cup, in Las Vegas
(Nevada) -- One of the world's largest marijuana festivals, which is expected to be held this week on tribal land outside of Las Vegas, has been facing a possible...

2/9/2017

article The Native American Iipay Nation Says the Key to Success Is Strict Cannabis Regulation
(California) -- The Iipay tribe, positioned about an hour Northeast of San Diego on the Santa Ysabel Reservation, is pushing for strict transparency in tribal cannabis...

1/28/2017

article VIDEO: Two marijuana retailers opening soon in city that still bans cannabis sales
(Washington) -- Fife, a city that formally bans sales of marijuana within its city limits, will see two pot retailers opening for business soon at the town’s major...
article Court not swayed by religion in Michigan marijuana case
(Michigan) -- A federal appeals court has found nothing heavenly about a Michigan's man claim to have a religious right to grow pot. The court on Thursday upheld an...

1/27/2017

article Court not swayed by religion in Michigan marijuana case
(Michigan) -- A federal appeals court has found nothing heavenly about a Michigan's man claim to have a religious right to grow pot. The court on Thursday upheld an...

1/20/2017

article Tribal Sovereignty And Native Cannabis
(USA) -- Cannabis on tribal lands has always been a complicated issue. In short, tribes have leeway to legalize cannabis under sovereignty, but sometimes those tribal...

1/10/2017

article Tribe’s request for pot-farm buffer sparks disagreement among supervisors
(California) -- A request by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for a ban on outdoor commercial medical marijuana cultivation within 1,000 feet of tribal lands sparked...

1/8/2017

article Despite loss in Arizona, recreational pot backers upbeat about future
(Arizona) -- Of five states with recreational marijuana on the ballot this fall, Arizona was the only state where the initiative failed, after supporters ran into a well...

1/2/2017

article Hawaii Church Loses Marijuana Claim
(Hawaii) -- The U. S. Supreme Court won’t hear a case from a Hawaiian Native American church that is arguing its members should be exempt from federal anti-drug...

12/27/2016

article Gaming regulators: Recreational marijuana won’t be allowed in casinos
(Nevada) -- Recreational pot will be legal for adults 21 and over starting on Sunday, January 1st. But that doesn't mean you'll have free reign to smoke in a...
article Will tribes profit from legal recreational marijuana?
(Nevada) -- Whether Nevada tribal councils will venture into the realm of selling recreational marijuana is up for question. Although many in the tribal communities...

12/26/2016

article Donald Trump’s Cabinet Picks Could Be a Bummer for Legal Weed in 2017
(Washington D.C.) -- Potheads and medicinal marijuana users alike may be getting some coal in their pipes in the New Year. While President-elect Donald Trump promised to...

12/11/2016

article Inside the Company Helping Native Americans Grow Cannabis
(Nevada) -- North of Las Vegas's bustling, fluorescent strip sits the Paiute Nation tribe. Like many other Native American tribes across the United States, they'...

12/9/2016

article Navajo Looking To Develop Industrial Hemp Farming On Tribal Lands
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Tribe has signed a resolution to grow industrial hemp on tribal lands, another step undermining federal prohibition in effect.

12/3/2016

article Regulators examining impact of legal marijuana on casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling regulators in Massachusetts are looking into the possible impact of legalized marijuana on the state’s emerging casino industry.

11/29/2016

article Supreme Court rejects church’s appeal over marijuana laws
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court won’t take up an appeal from a Native American church in Hawaii that wants to be exempt from federal marijuana laws. The...

11/22/2016

article Will smoking marijuana be allowed in Massachusetts casinos?
(Massachusetts) -- Casino gambling is legal in Massachusetts. Smoking marijuana will be legal soon, too. But it will not be legal to combine the two. The newly passed...
article Pot farming becoming a big business
(New Mexico) -- Duke Rodriguez brought a three-week-old pot plant to the State Fair, touching off a silly kerfuffle that highlights the absurdity of our current...

11/21/2016

article Will Marijuana Be a Bigger, Better Industry for Native Americans Than Casinos?
(California) -- Native American tribes are looking toward cannabis as their next big industry now that the green rush is here to stay. California company CannaNative is...

11/20/2016

article Critics: Trump’s attorney general nod ‘worst-case scenario’ for marijuana regulation
(Washington D.C.) -- President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for attorney general, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, represents a “worst-case scenario” for the...

11/18/2016

article Keep distance from pot industry, Nevada gaming regulators advise licensees
(Las Vegas) -- The Nevada Gaming Commission will continue to require gaming licensees to maintain distance from the marijuana industry that is expanding in the state and...

11/16/2016

article Paiute tribe close to launching large-scale marijuana operation
(Nevada) -- Marijuana is about to become big business in Nevada, and you might be surprised to find out who's taking advantage. The Paiute Native American tribe in...

11/15/2016

article Gaming And Pot: Nevada Regulators Eye Marijuana Legalization Impact
(Nevada) -- Last week, Nevada voters approved a referendum that will allow recreational marijuana use. What does that mean for casinos in the state? State regulators are...

11/11/2016

article Indigenous Endeavors In The Cannabis Market
(Nevada) -- Native American tribes are often recognized for their success within the casino business and the tobacco industry. Over the past decade, as cannabis has...
article Marijuana Company Prepares to Cross
(Colorado) -- Almost all small-business owners dream of the day when they can expand nationally. This has proved to be a unique challenge for those in the marijuana...

11/9/2016

article Marijuana industry keeps a wary eye on how Trump will respond to pot legalization
(Colorado) -- With the news of Donald Trump’s presidency settling in across Colorado and the nation, some marijuana advocacy groups and industry insiders are...

11/8/2016

article Californians vote to legalize recreational use of marijuana in the state
(California) -- Voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 64, making California the most populous state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The...

11/7/2016

article No, Las Vegas Is Not Embracing Legal Weed with Open Arms
(Las Vegas) -- If Las Vegas is known for anything, it's for getting away with everything. Liquor is always available, gaming tables are always open, and prostitutes...

11/4/2016

article Pot Gamble
(Oregon) -- In a nondescript, low-slung building on a barren plateau above the village of Warm Springs, a tight band of dreamers imagines a vibrant future for the hard-...

10/31/2016

press release Tribal Cannabis & Hemp Symposium Showcases Indian Country In The Cannabiz
(Washington) -- The Tribal Cannabis & Hemp Symposium is being held Wednesday November 2, at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, WA.  Space is still available...

10/30/2016

article Tribes advised to tread cautiously on marijuana
(California) -- This summer, the Big Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians — headquartered along the shores of Clear Lake in Northern California — did...

10/28/2016

article The Adelson Endowment: Why a Casino Billionaire Is Propping Up Prohibition
(Las Vegas) -- What’s the deal with Sheldon Adelson’s crusade to continue the war on cannabis? The 83-year-old conservative political donor, ardent...
press release TRIBAL CANNABIS & HEMP SYMPOSIUM: Will Indian Country Become A Leading Player In This Industry?
(Washington) -- Victor-Strategies will host the inaugural Tribal Cannabis & Hemp Symposium on November 1-2, 2016, at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, WA. ...

10/27/2016

article Some tribes shun marijuana in face of lucrative deals
(California) -- This summer, the Big Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians — headquartered along the shores of Clear Lake in Northern California — did...

10/26/2016

article A casino magnate is spending millions to fight legal marijuana in three states
(USA) -- With five states voting on marijuana legalization next month, this is a pivotal year for marijuana policy no matter which way the contests turn out. The results...
article Could The US’s First Industrial Hemp Farms Be On Native American Land?
(Arizona) -- Reuters reports that the Navajo Nation, which holds the largest Native American territory in the US, is in talks to begin producing industrial hemp. Hemp,...
article Marijuana woes: Yolo Supervisors ban new cultivators
(California) -- Yolo supervisors have put the brakes on new outdoor marijuana grows to allow the county time to recover from the rush of applicants and subsequent...
article The War Over Weed
(California) -- Mike Smith stands in front of a general store in Orick, Calif., decked out in his Cal Fire officer blues. As tourists and locals pass by, he warns them...
article Navajo Nation denies report it reached deal to grow hemp
(Arizona) -- Could New Mexico become home to a huge hemp growing operation? One national report says so, citing an agreement between the Navajo Nation and a hemp company...

10/25/2016

article Ignacio again says no to marijuana businesses
(Colorado) -- Ignacio town trustees have reaffirmed a ban on any marijuana businesses in town. Trustees listened to a presentation on Oct. 19 from Josh and Heather...

10/24/2016

article Hemp Gives Economic Hope to Native American Tribes
(USA) -- The Navajo Nation is in talks to begin growing industrial hemp on their land. Native American land have poured billions into tribal economies since the late...
article Hemp may be next gold mine for Native American tribes
(USA) -- Casinos on Native American land have poured billions into tribal economies since the late 1980s, lifting many people from poverty. Now, some hope, cultivating...

10/22/2016

press release Tribal Cannabis & Hemp Symposium Explores New Economic Opportunities for Gaming Tribes
(Washington) -- Victor-Strategies will host the inaugural Tribal Cannabis & Hemp Symposium on November 1-2, 2016, at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, WA.  ...

10/16/2016

article Symposium to Explore Economic Opportunity of Cannabis & Hemp Production in Indian Country
(Washington) -- The inaugural Tribal Cannabis & Hemp Symposium, November 1-2, at Tulalip Resort Casino, will address one of the most complex and potentially most...

10/14/2016

article Native Church Drops Suit Against County Over Marijuana Crop [sub req]
(California) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday closed a suit brought by the Oklevueha Native American Church, which has faced questions about its legitimacy as...

10/12/2016

article State-of-the-art 5.8m sq. ft. greenhouse built in New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- A new partnership between the Acoma Pueblo Native American tribe and the Bright Green Group of Companies, is leading the way to a brighter future for the...

10/6/2016

press release New partnership between Acoma Pueblo Native American tribe and Bright Green Group of Companies creates jobs and opportunity
(New Mexico) -- A groundbreaking new partnership between the Acoma Pueblo Native American tribe and the Bright Green Group of Companies is leading the way to a brighter...

9/18/2016

article Casino billionaire fighting Florida medical marijuana proposal again
(Florida) -- Las Vegas billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is opening up his checkbook again to defeat a medical marijuana proposal in Florida. Campaign finance...

9/16/2016

article Inside the Company Helping Native Americans Grow Cannabis
(Nevada) -- North of Las Vegas's bustling, fluorescent strip sits the Paiute Nation tribe. Like many other Native American tribes across the United States, they'...
article Tribe’s marijuana accessory store to pave way for dispensary
(Nevada) -- The Ely Shoshone Indian tribe has opened a boutique marijuana accessory shop, “Tsaa Nesunkwa,” in the rear of the Silver Sage Travel Center on...

9/15/2016

article Flandreau marijuana consultant throws shade on Twitter
(South Dakota) -- Eric Hagen, the marijuana consultant indicted for his work with the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, offered a 140-character critique of South Dakota...
article The Native American Tribes Growing Pot to Stay Alive
(Nevada) -- On an all new episode of Weediquette, Krishna visits the Paiute Tribe of Las Vegas to learn about how these Native Americans are growing weed on their...
article Will efforts to legalize marijuana in California go up in smoke?
(California) -- Downtown Oakland on a sunny, bright June day, and the air outside the Marriott City Center hotel is fragrant with, ahem, opportunity.

9/14/2016

article Native American Tribes can Legally Grow and Sell Marijuana
(USA) -- Native American tribes can legally grow and sell marijuana even in states where it is considered illegal. This is a result of the Department of Justice’s...

9/9/2016

article Puyallup tribe aims to become first in state to grow, test, sell cannabis
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is planning to sell recreational marijuana on tribal land in Fife, a move that would make it the first tribe in Washington...
article Las Vegas is Becoming a Marijuana Tourist Destination
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada voters in November will decide whether or not recreational marijuana use will be legal in the eyes of the state’s government and could create...

9/4/2016

article The Native American Marijuana Industry
(USA) -- American marijuana industry has a long history with Native hemp cultivation and application until that changed in the early 20th century. It’s more of a...

8/30/2016

article Hemp: The Next Big Cash Crop for Tribes?
(USA) -- In 1794, President George Washington said: “Make the most you can of the Indian hemp seed and sow it everywhere!” Well, we would if we could! While...
article How Big Alcohol Is About to Get Rich Off California Weed
(California) -- More than 20 years later, Hezekiah Allen remembers the Blackhawk helicopters hovering over his childhood home, the armed soldiers barricading the road to...

8/26/2016

article $2.8M marijuana crop found in White Mountains; 1000's of pot plants uprooted
(Arizona) -- Arizona DPS troopers uprooted 2,413 marijuana plants growing in a large-scale crop found south of Cibecue on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in northern...

8/25/2016

article Nearly $3 million worth of marijuana plants destroyed in eastern Arizona
(Arizona) -- State and local law enforcement have eradicated and destroyed thousands of marijuana plants that were found on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

8/23/2016

article Enough signatures received for next step in placing medicinal marijuana on ballot
(Oklahoma) -- State question 788, which deals with legalizing medicinal marijuana, is a step closer to being on the November ballot. The Oklahoma Secretary of State...
article IDIOTS: Video shows adults blowing marijuana smoke in toddler's face
(Idaho) -- A video showing Idaho adults smoking marijuana and blowing the smoke in the face of a young child sparked outrage on social media this week, prompting police...

8/17/2016

article Squaxin Tribe Open Cannabusiness On Federal Land
(Washington) -- Elevation is a recreational retail cannabis store located on the tribal land owned by the Squaxin Island Tribe in Mason County, Washington. Officially...

8/15/2016

article Advisers charged in tribe's marijuana resort enter pleas
(South Dakota) -- Two consultants who helped a Native American tribe plan the nation's first marijuana resort entered opposing pleas Monday to drug offenses, with...
article Attorney: No evidence consultant possessed marijuana
(South Dakota) -- The attorney for a consultant facing drug charges in connection with a Native American tribe's failed effort to open the nation's first...

8/11/2016

article Drug Cartels and Illegal Pot Farms: Yurok Battle for Ancestral Lands
(California) -- They’re armed, they build dams to divert entire creeks for irrigation, and they desecrate sacred lands and animals. But this is not a history...
article Busted for 1gm of Pot! Feds Back Off Prosecuting American Indian Teen
(Oregon) -- Devontre Thomas, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, turned 19 in March. He graduated from the Chemawa Indian School in May. He is working two jobs this...

8/10/2016

article DEA Rejects Attempt to Loosen Federal Restrictions on Marijuana
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration has denied a bid by two Democratic governors to reconsider how it treats marijuana under federal drug control laws, keeping...

8/9/2016

article Charges Filed Against Men Assisting Santee Sioux Marijuana Venture
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Wednesday charges against two men who assisted the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe in growing a crop...

8/8/2016

article Marijuana industry watches 'game changer' S.D. cases
(South Dakota) -- All eyes in the marijuana industry are on South Dakota following the news last week that the state's top prosecutor would bring felony charges...

8/6/2016

article After marijuana charges, questions on sovereignty emerge
(South Dakota) -- The Flandreau Santee Sioux had an understanding with the federal government: the tribe could grow and sell marijuana so long as it kept it on the...

8/5/2016

press release CannaNative CEO Named Keynote Opening Speaker at Southern California Cannabis Conference and Expo
(California) -- CannaNative, LLC ("CannaNative") -- the premiere Native American-owned and operated company created to assist more than 560 U.S. tribal nations...
article Feds Dropping Charges Against Native American Teenager Who Faced a Year in Jail for Cannabis
(Oregon) -- Federal prosecutors have agreed to drop charges against a Native American teenager who faced a year in prison for possessing a gram of marijuana.

8/4/2016

article Tribal Pot Consultants Criminally Charged
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota criminally charged two employees of a Colorado-based consulting firm Wednesday for their role in attempting to launch a marijuana resort...
article Puyallup Tribe pursues medical marijuana growing operation
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is taking steps to grow medical marijuana on tribal land. The News Tribune reported that tribal leaders have amended a...
article Charges dropped for Native American teen facing prison over gram of weed
(Oregon) -- Prosecutors in Oregon have agreed to drop federal charges against a Native American teenager who faced up to a year in prison for possession of about one...

8/3/2016

article 2 charged in failed tribal pot farm plan
(South Dakota) -- There is fallout from the short-lived plan by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe idea to grow marijuana … two people now charged with drug...
article 2 consultants charged in South Dakota tribal pot operation
(South Dakota) -- Two consultants who worked with a Native American tribe on its plans to open the nation's first marijuana resort have been charged with drug...
article Charges Filed in Marijuana Operation On Tribal Reservation
(South Dakota) -- On Wednesday, August 3rd, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced charges against two men for drug offenses. The men were hired as...
article Marijuana conspiracy charges target tribe's consultants
(South Dakota) -- Two leaders of a Colorado-based marijuana growing company face felony charges in connection with their efforts to help a South Dakota Native American...
article Relocation Of Seeds Lead To Felony Drug Charges
(South Dakota) -- Officials say two men who promised to bring the nation's first marijuana resort to Flandreau are now facing felony drug charges. Consultants of a...
article Maine tribe says it'll stick to hemp for now, not marijuana
(Maine) -- A Maine tribe has ruled out growing medical marijuana for now and will stick to pursuing growing hemp. The Passamaquoddy Tribe says it had cut off all contact...
article Puyallup Tribe pursuing medical marijuana grow after signing deal with state
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is taking another step in the marijuana business. Earlier this year, the tribe opened a marijuana testing laboratory in...
article Capitol Hill Officials Demand to Know Why a Native American Teenager is Being Prosecuted for Cannabis
(Oregon) -- Three members of Oregon's congressional delegation are demanding U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams explain why his office is prosecuting a Native...

7/28/2016

article Operation Yurok destroys nearly 80K marijuana plants
(California) -- As Operation Yurok — which the Yurok Tribe carries out each summer with help from local, state and national agencies — continues this week,...
article Native American teen faces a year in prison for possessing one gram of weed
(Oregon) -- An Oregon teenager could be sentenced to a year in prison for possessing about one gram of marijuana in a federal case that has sparked widespread outrage...
article Warm Springs Tribe Hopes Its Cannabis Company Brings Jobs, Not a Federal Crackdown
(Oregon) -- Devontre Thomas' marijuana-possession case includes a twist: The very tribe he is a member of is poised to become one of the first in the nation to...

7/21/2016

article Yurok Tribe launches operation to rid reservation of marijuana
(California) -- The Yurok Tribe of California is sending a strong message to people who use the reservation to grow marijuana. In conjunction with federal, state and...

7/19/2016

press release ‘We are targeting the illegal grows,” Says Tribe Chairman as Operation Yurok Restarts
(California) -- Yesterday, a Yurok Public Safety Department and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office-led team of more than 40 law enforcement officers started serving...

7/13/2016

article One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana
(USA) -- There's a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed...

7/11/2016

article Development of hemp as cash crop in Maine starts slowly
(Maine) -- So far, only the Passamaquoddy Tribe and a Portland resident have received permission to grow what would be the state’s first licensed crops of...
press release 16,000 marijuana plants seized on tribal, federal lands near Orleans
(California) -- The following is an updated press release issued by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office: On Thursday, July 7, and Friday, July 8, the Humboldt...

7/7/2016

article Gathering of Nations signs five-year sponsorship deal with cannabis producer
(New Mexico) -- Native people have a long history with natural healing and the use of herbal remedies. That’s why Gathering of Nations founder Derek Mathews says...

7/6/2016

article Medical cannabis provider becomes new Gathering of Nations sponsor
(New Mexico) -- Native Americans from all over the world make their way to Albuquerque every year for the Gathering of Nations. The world's largest powwow is moving...

6/30/2016

article Marijuana beat: Tribal policy change, big bust on west side
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Board of Trustees is continuing an earlier decision to keep marijuana an illegal substance on the...

6/23/2016

article Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved a bill to expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians on Wednesday after a spirited debate on...

6/22/2016

article Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved a bill to expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians on Wednesday after a spirited debate on...

6/16/2016

article OST recognizes legality of growing hemp
(South Dakota) -- Vic Camp stands barefoot on the cracked bare ground that was a hemp field until that fateful hour more than a decade ago when federal agents swooped in...

6/15/2016

article Desert cities, tribe vie for marijuana wealth
(California) -- The Thermal-based Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians announced last year that it would launch a marijuana cultivation subsidiary. Mary Belardo, vice...

6/14/2016

article Federal suit by Kenwood Native American church tossed
(California) -- A federal case involving the right to use cannabis as part of a religious sacrament brought against Sonoma County by a Kenwood branch of the Oklevueha...

6/13/2016

article Why Are the Feds Out to Get 19-Year-Old Devontre Thomas?
(Oregon) -- Cannabis is state-legal for adults 21 and older in Oregon. There hasn’t been a federal marijuana possession case tried in the state since 2011. So why...

6/11/2016

article Lawsuit seeking protected pot use for Kenwood's Oklevueha Native American Church dismissed
(California) -- A Sonoma County-related lawsuit that attempted to establish the use of marijuana as a protected sacrament for use in religious ceremonies was tossed out...

6/9/2016

article Lakota Country Times: Bill addresses marijuana in Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- Across Indian Country there are lingering questions regarding the potential federal response to the possibility of tribal governments legalizing...

6/6/2016

article Grow-up bust in Wabaseemoong seizes 186 marijuana plants
(Thunder Bay) -- The Treaty Three Police Service Street Crime Unit said it dismantled an illegal outdoor marijuana grow operation at the end of May. Police said after...

5/31/2016

article MCINTOSH: A Live Study On Medical Marijuana
(Alberta) -- In Canada, medical marijuana is to be fully legalised in 2017. Marijuana was given to us by Mother Earth for a reason, yet for many years we let it slip...

5/29/2016

article Cannabis on tribal land a '50/50' gamble for Native Americans in Washington
(Washington) -- Among the lofty pines of timber country across the street from the Little Creek Casino on State Highway 108, the first tribal-owned-and-operated...

5/27/2016

article Bill would let Narragansett Indian Tribe grow hemp
(Rhode Island) -- For years, the Narragansett Indian Tribe sought to operate casino gambling in Rhode Island as a means of creating jobs and revenue. Today, the tribe...

5/25/2016

article AG Jackley still questions if Indian pot was destroyed
(South Dakota) -- It has been many, many months since the Santee Sioux Indian Reservation near Flandreau South Dakota announced that it had destroyed its $1 million...

5/24/2016

article Judge dismisses Menominee Indian Tribe's lawsuit over hemp raid
(Wisconsin) -- UPDATE: The Menominee Tribe released this statement Tuesday morning: The Tribe is disappointed with this recent setback that challenges our sovereignty as...
article Sorry, not in Wisconsin. Judge rejects Menominee’s hemp argument
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Menominee Indian Tribe which sought protection for industrial hemp. The tribe filed a lawsuit last...
article Tribe responds to hemp lawsuit dismissal
(Wisconsin) -- The Menominee Indian tribe’s lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Justice was dismissed in a federal court in Green...

5/23/2016

article Opportunity’s knocking: Bill may allow Narragansett Indians to grow hemp
(Rhode Island) -- The Narragansett Indian Tribe would be able to grow hemp in Rhode Island under a new bill proposed in the state’s General Assembly. Rep. Helio...
article Judge dismisses Menominee tribe's lawsuit over hemp raid
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Menominee tribe against the federal Drug Enforcement Administration over a raid and...
article Longtime casino worker fired after taking medical marijuana for a disability
(Las Vegas) -- A medical marijuana patient recalls the day when was fired from his job of ten years for taking the medicine he needs. "It was pretty disheartening....

5/21/2016

article The Narragansett Indian Tribe would be able to grow hemp in Rhode Island under a new bill proposed in the state's General Assembly
(Rhode Island) -- The Narragansett Indian Tribe would be able to grow hemp in Rhode Island under a new bill proposed in the state's General Assembly.

5/20/2016

article A New Growth Industry for Native Americans: Weed
(USA) -- The tribes on this reservation, located in the high desert on the eastern side of Mt. Hood, are accustomed to bad deals. Until the 19th century, the Wasco, the...
article Court sides with Las Vegas casino worker fired for using medical marijuana
(Las Vegas) -- The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled a Las Vegas casino worker is entitled to collect unemployment benefits after being fired for testing positive for...

5/19/2016

article Menominee tribe awaits judge’s ruling in hemp lawsuit
(Wisconsin) -- The leader of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin says it won’t plant a new crop of industrial hemp until a federal judge resolves the tribe...

5/16/2016

article Wisconsin Indian tribe: We won’t plant any more hemp — for now
(Wisconsin) -- The Menominee tribe is holding off on a new crop while awaiting ruling in a lawsuit against the federal DEA after last year's crop was destroyed in a...

5/14/2016

article Menominee hemp crop on hold until lawsuit settled
(Wisconsin) -- Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Chairwoman Joan Delabreau said Friday the tribe will not plant a new crop of industrial hemp until a federal judge...
article Menoninee tribe awaits judge's ruling in hemp lawsuit
(Wisconsin) -- The leader of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin says it won't plant a new crop of industrial hemp until a federal judge resolves the tribe's...

5/13/2016

article Feds, Tribe go to court over hemp lawsuit
(Wisconsin) -- A federal case against the Drug Enforcement Administration and the US Department of Justice is at a standstill right now after the government and the...

5/11/2016

article Cherokee moves toward marijuana legalization
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee took another step along the road toward legalizing medicinal marijuana with a vote last week to start drafting legislation that would let...

5/6/2016

article Cherokee council sparks up medicinal marijuana initiative
(North Carolina) -- After months of debate, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council yesterday approved a plan to pursue legalizing medicinal marijuana, at...
article Council instructs AG to develop medical marijuana ordinance
(North Carolina) -- In the near future, EBCI tribal members suffering from diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, and others might be able to seek relief from...
article Warm Springs Tribes break ground on greenhouse to grow marijuana
(Oregon) -- The Warm Springs Tribes of Oregon are entering the marijuana industry. Tribal officials broke ground on a 36,000 square-foot greenhouse on April 29. They...

5/5/2016

article Yurok Tribe Closes Fishing Four Days Per Week, Partially Blames Marijuana Farms
(California) -- In response to the decline of wild spring Chinook salmon in the Klamath-Trinity Basin and concern about the status of green sturgeon, the Yurok Tribal...

5/3/2016

article Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs have broken ground on a new marijuana-growing facility
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has broken ground on a new marijuana-growing facility that is set to be Oregon's first tribal-owned marijuana...

4/30/2016

article Warm Springs breaks ground on marijuana facility
(Oregon) -- On a windy, treeless slope on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indian Reservation, dignitaries and guests tossed the first ceremonial shovels of dirt...
article Warm Springs tribes hope cannabis will kick-start economy, jobs
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Warm Springs Ventures and business partner Sentinel Strainwise held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for a 36,000-...
article Warms Springs tribes launch ambitious pot venture, hope for economic windfall
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs made history Friday, breaking ground on Oregon's first tribal-owned marijuana cultivation operation in what one...

4/27/2016

article Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act introduced in House
(North Carolina) -- A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would make it illegal for federal agencies to take into account the marijuana policy of a...

4/21/2016

article Pocan introduces bill to liberalize tribal marijuana
(Wisconsin) -- U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., announced Wednesday he plans to introduce a bill prohibiting the federal government from denying federal dollars to a tribe...

4/20/2016

article Native American tribes weigh in on legalizing medical and recreational marijuana
(Oklahoma) -- In October 2014, Department of Justice director Monty Wilkinson released a three-page memo regarding policies surrounding the Controlled Substances Act as...

4/19/2016

article Federal judge will hear arguments on Menominee Tribe's hemp operation
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge will hear arguments next month on the Menominee Indian Tribe's lawsuit against the federal government regarding a hemp-growing...
article State Questions Marijuana Burn Tribal officials maintain it all went up in flames
(South Dakota) -- “We had a discussion with Marty (Jackley) and the US attorney the week following the burn. There has been zero communication on the topic since,...
article Native American Church Resists Pot Enthusiasts
(USA) -- Though happy that the Ninth Circuit ruled against a nontraditional church using its name earlier this month, five major players in the Native American Church...

4/18/2016

article Wis. Tribe Pushes For Hemp Crop OK Over DEA Objections [sub req]
(Wisconsin) -- The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin continued to press a federal court Monday to declare that it has the right to grow hemp for agricultural and...

4/16/2016

article Ruling Doesn't Settle Future of Native American Church
(Hawaii) -- (HAWAII) -- In a 10,000-year-old tradition where it's taboo to step forward as a public figure, one has emerged. And it's a voice pushing for changes...

4/15/2016

article Pinoleville Pomo Nation files claim against Mendocino County for pot raid
(California) -- The Pinoleville Pomo Nation has filed a claim against Mendocino County authorities for raiding a high-profile medical marijuana operation on the tribe...
article Pinoleville tribe files claim against Mendocino County for marijuana raid
(California) -- The Pinoleville Pomo Nation has filed a claim against the county of Mendocino alleging unlawful search and seizure related to the Sheriff’s Office...
article Church's Suit Over Cannabis Use Is Burned Out
(Maryland) -- When a church uses peyote as its sacrament, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act won't get in the way of prosecuting its members for violating drug...

4/14/2016

article Magazine Eyeing Potential Las Vegas Casino That Would Serve Cannabis: Report
(Las Vegas) -- The booming legal marijuana industry in America could help pave the way for a casino in Las Vegas that would serve cannabis, according to a report from...

4/11/2016

article Up in smoke? State investigating tribal marijuana crop
(South Dakota) -- The state's top prosecutor said he remains skeptical about whether the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe destroyed its entire marijuana crop. Attorney...

4/10/2016

article Hope and hemp: The unfinished odyssey of Alex White Plume
(South Dakota) -- The tiny hemp sprouts popping from the ground near Alex White Plume's home this spring are descendants of mature plants seized 16 years ago by...

4/8/2016

article Lakota Country Times: Alex White Plume wins round in hemp case
(South Dakota) -- In a ruling that is being called a win for tribal sovereignty a federal judge has lifted a decade old injunction against an Oglala Lakota farmer that...
article Merle Haggard Defended Tribal Rights to Grow Hemp
(California) -- Country icon Merle Haggard passed away on his 79th birthday Wednesday of complications from double pneumonia at his home in Northern California.

4/7/2016

article Court: Native American Church Not Excused From Cannabis Laws
(Hawaii) -- A federal court has ruled that a church for Native Americans in Hawaii should not be excused from federal marijuana laws despite the group's claim that...
article Federal court denies Native American Church marijuana law exemption
(Hawaii) -- The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed summary judgment issued by a Hawaii federal district court denying an exemption to...

4/6/2016

article Las Vegas Paiutes Tribe Gets Into the Medical Marijuana Game
(Nevada) -- The legal cannabis industry is expected to bring more money to Sin City than casinos, and native tribes including the Las Vegas Paiutes are hoping to cash in...
press release Santa Ysabel Tribe Establishes Cannabis Regulatory Agency
(California) -- In February 2014, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel made the business decision to close the Santa Ysabel Casino, located on the Nation’s reservation...
article Court: Native American church in Hawaii not excused from cannabis laws
(Hawaii) -- A federal court is ruling that a Native American church in Hawaii should not be excused from federal marijuana laws. The church's leader Michael Rex...

4/3/2016

article Hope and hemp: The unfinished odyssey of Alex White Plume
(South Dakota) -- The tiny hemp sprouts popping from the ground near Alex White Plume’s home this spring are descendants of mature plants seized 16 years ago by...
article Timeline: The hemp odyssey of Alex White Plume
(South Dakota) -- 1937: Passage of the federal Marijuana Tax Act essentially criminalizes marijuana and casts a pall over all forms of the cannabis plant, including the...

4/1/2016

article Oglala Hemp Grower Counts Coup On Feds
(South Dakota) -- This past Monday, at 1:30 p.m., David Franco, longtime member of Alex White Plume’s legal team, reached White Plume at his home north of...

3/31/2016

article Robins Kaplan Snuffs Out Injunction in Hemp Farming Battle
(South Dakota) -- Robins Kaplan scored a partial victory for pro bono client Alexander White Plume this week, defeating a permanent injunction that barred the Oglala...

3/30/2016

article Anti-Hemp Injunction Goes Up in Smoke
(South Dakota) -- A federal judge Monday vacated a 12-year-old injunction forbidding a farmer on the Pine Ridge Reservation from growing industrial hemp, but stopped...
article Judge lifts injunction against hemp farmer
(South Dakota) -- A federal judge this week lifted a decade-old injunction prohibiting a South Dakota tribal member from producing industrial hemp, although other issues...
article Judge lifts injunction in hemp dispute on Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- Citing changes in the legal landscape, a federal judge on Monday opened the door for the cultivation of hemp on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South...
article White Plume Hopes To Plant Hemp In 2017
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Lakota hemp farmer Alex White Plume says he wants to harvest the wild hemp seeds growing on his land and plant a new crop next year. In the late...

3/29/2016

article Judge lifts decade-old injunction against Pine Ridge hemp farmer
(South Dakota) -- A federal judge on Monday lifted a decade-old injunction prohibiting a South Dakota tribal member from producing industrial hemp, although other issues...

3/28/2016

article Judge lifts decade-old injunction against hemp farmer
(South Dakota) -- A federal judge on Monday lifted a decade-old injunction prohibiting a South Dakota tribal member from producing industrial hemp, although other issues...

3/5/2016

article Puyallup Tribe operates first cannabis institute in United States
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribe of Washington is operating what's being called the first cannabis institute in the nation. Medicine Creek Analytics is located at...

3/3/2016

article NM pot producer wants to team up with pueblos
(New Mexico) -- A New Mexico medical cannabis producer this week announced a joint venture with the Las Vegas Paiute tribe to build a large growing facility and two...

3/1/2016

article Las Vegas Paiutes’ newest venture: medical marijuana
(Nevada) -- The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe already runs a smoke shop downtown and a golf course in the northwest valley. Now a third business venture — in medical...

2/29/2016

article Las Vegas Paiutes announce plans to build medical pot dispensaries
(Nevada) -- The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe is primed to open the state’s first medical marijuana facility on Native American lands. Right next to Downtown Las Vegas....
article Las Vegas Paiute Tribe Breaks Ground For Medical Cannabis Dispensary In Downtown Las Vegas
(Nevada) -- Today, the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, a federally-recognized sovereign nation, announced plans for the development of a medical cannabis dispensary at the Las...

2/26/2016

article Family from Quapaw Tribe enters marijuana consulting business
(Oklahoma) -- A father and son from the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma has launched a marijuana consulting business. The leadership team at Flying Eagle Advisors includes...

2/24/2016

article Menominee want summary judgement in hemp case
(Wisconsin) -- The Menominee Tribe is asking a federal court for a summary judgement to declare its industrial hemp growing operation legal. The request comes in...

2/23/2016

article Menominee Tribe asks for summary judgment on hemp grow
(Wisconsin) -- The Menominee Tribe wants a federal court to declare its industrial hemp growing operation legal under the federal 2014 Farm Bill. The tribe's request...

2/21/2016

article Florida Finance Firm and Colorado Cannabis Consultant Assist Oregon Native American Tribe Project
(Colorado) -- The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, which is moving forward with its vertically integrated cannabis project in Oregon that it had previously suggested...
article Warm Springs tribes look out of state for marijuana help
(Oregon) -- As the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs seek to become the first in the state to sell reservation-grown marijuana, they have looked out of state for help...

2/19/2016

article National Council Does Not Condone Faux Native American Churches or Marijuana Use
(USA) -- There is a growing trend in the United States, of organizations adopting the name “Native American Church” as a means of trying to obtain the...

2/17/2016

article A South Dakota Indian Tribe hoping for changes in the states marijuana law got bad news on Tuesday
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota Indian Tribe could be ready to renew its bid to open a marijuana growing facility after a measure in the state legislature failed to get...
article Flandreau's future of marijuana: tribe weighing all options
(South Dakota) -- The future of marijuana in Flandreau is still uncertain after a bill that would have changed the state's ingestion law was shut down Tuesday. The...

2/16/2016

article Tribe to move forward on marijuana facility after failed bill
(South Dakota) -- After failing to gain the support of a legislative panel Tuesday, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe will turn its gazes to the federal level in an...

2/12/2016

article Shinnecock Nation Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensary On Tribal Land
(New York) -- The Shinnecock Indian Nation has voted in overwhelming support of a proposed medical marijuana facility on its tribal land on Long Island’s East End.

2/8/2016

article Shinnecock Nation OKs developing medical marijuana program
(New York) -- The Shinnecock Indian Nation has approved two resolutions that will allow the tribe to move forward with an outside developer to cultivate and sell medical...
article Shinnecock Nation To Grow Medical Marijuana And Build Dispensary On Reservation
(New York) -- The Shinnecock Indian Nation will grow and process medical marijuana and build a dispensary on reservation land by the end of the year, tribal officials...

2/7/2016

article Native American church, known for using peyote and marijuana, to open branches in former O.C. pot shops
(California) -- A national Native American church that courts have allowed to possess and distribute peyote will soon open branches in three former Orange County pot...

2/1/2016

article Police Raid Native American Church In Costa Mesa Over Marijuana
(California) -- With California on the knife edge of legalization, Orange County has become known as the land of brutal dispensary raids and corrupt cops.

1/29/2016

article BLOG: Cannabis in Indian Country – A Year Later…
(USA) -- A little over a year ago, the Department of Justice released the infamous “Wilkinson Memo” containing DOJ policy guidance to U.S. District Attorneys...

1/28/2016

article Puyallup Tribe plans pot testing lab
(Washington) -- A testing laboratory is the first foray into the marijuana industry for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and may not be the last. The Puyallup Tribe,...

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