indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe won't give up plan for marijuana

Filed Under: Business | Law | National
More on: doj, fsst, hemp, jurisdiction, marijuana, menominee, south dakota, wisconsin
     
   

The marijuana resort was going in a building that housed the Royal River Family Entertainment Center in Flandreau, South Dakota. Image from Google Maps

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has met with state and federal officials in hopes of keeping its marijuana dream alive.

The tribe was due to open a marijuana resort on December 31. The operation attracted widespread interest but also drew legal concerns from the state and federal officials.

Fearing a raid like those that have hit other parts of Indian Country, the tribe destroyed it marijuana crop earlier this month. Talks have continued with officials as work continues on the facility, The Moody County Enterprise reported.

"The tribe intends to continue these discussions locally, and at the national level with the U.S. Department of Justice before it starts to regrow and open its lounge," attorney Seth Pearman said in a statement to the paper.

President Tony Reider told the AP that the sale of marijuana to non-Indians and the origin of the tribe's crop are among the issues that need to be resolved.

Elsewhere, the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday, asserting a right to grow hemp on the reservation. The tribe's operation was raided last month and its crop was destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law although the Department of Justice seemingly opened the door to the drug in Indian Country with the 2014 Wilkinson memo. The policy, however, has not stopped federal or state raids on tribal marijuana operations.

So far only the Squaxin Island Tribe in Washington, where the drug is legal for recreational and other purposes, has successfully opened a marijuana outlet. The Suquamish Tribe is also about to join the industry.

"Everybody who is smart is pausing to look at the feasibility and risks of growing hemp and marijuana," Lance Gumbs, a regional vice president of the National Congress of American Indians, said at the Reservation Economic Summit in New Mexico this week, the AP reported. "But are we giving up on it? Absolutely not."

Get the Story:
The Lights Remain On (The Moody County Enterprise 11/17)
Legal Experts Urge Caution as Tribes Enter Pot Business (AP 11/18)
Report from the Front: The Trouble with Cannabis in Indian Country (Leafly 11/18)
Menominee tribe files federal lawsuit over marijuana growing (The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 11/18)

Relevant Documents:
Department of Justice Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country (October 2014)

Related Stories:
Menominee Nation asserts right to grow hemp in new lawsuit (11/18)
Hilary Bricken: DOJ sending mixed signals on tribal marijuana (11/17)
Warm Springs Tribes schedule referendum on legal marijuana (11/17)
Squaxin Island Tribe set for grand opening of marijuana store (11/12)
Squaxin Island Tribe to open marijuana store on November 12 (11/10)
Omaha Tribe to continue with studies of marijuana and hemp (11/10)
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe feared raid of marijuana resort (11/10)
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe puts hold on marijuana resort (11/09)
Omaha Tribe considers next steps for marijuana operation (11/05)
Onondaga Nation isn't interested in marijuana movement (11/05)
Kim Patterson: Tribe makes bad call with marijuana resort (11/04)
Seneca Nation to move forward with medical marijuana plan (11/04)
Omaha Tribe voters back marijuana in advisory referendum (11/04)
Omaha Tribe holds advisory referendum on legalizing marijuana (11/02)
Eastern Cherokees to conduct feasibility study on marijuana (10/29)
BIA looked for hemp while Menominee Nation chair was at NCAI (10/27)
Menominee Nation slams DEA raid of industrial hemp operation (10/26)
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe eyes revenues from marijuana (10/21)
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe shows marijuana facility to lawmakers (10/16)
Interview with Anthony Rivera on creation of marijuana firm (10/15)
Former chair of Crow Tribe launches cannabis development firm (10/12)
Julian Brave NoiseCat: Trading tribal sovereignty for marijuana (10/09)
Colville Tribes pass resolution for small amounts of marijuana (10/06)
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe expects big crowd for pot kickoff (10/06)
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe fully booked for launch of pot resort (10/05)
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe reports strong interest in pot resort (10/01)
Colville Tribes weigh amendment for small amounts of marijuana (09/30)
Dennis Chappabitty: Tribes should be able to set marijuana laws (09/29)
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe prepares for first marijuana resort (09/29)
Ho-Chunk Nation goes slowly when it comes to legal marijuana (09/24)
Pinoleville Pomo Nation sees setback at marijuana operation (09/23)
Hilary Bricken: Suquamish Tribe enters landmark marijuana deal (09/22)

Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Federal court blocks attempt to condemn lands on Navajo Nation (5/26)
Bill removes blood quantum requirement for Five Civilized Tribes (5/26)
Mark Trahant: Voting is just sooo hard in the era of Donald Trump (5/26)
Ryan Benally: Bears Ears was false promise for Native Americans (5/26)
Adrian Jawort: Should non-Natives ever write about our people? (5/26)
Native turnout fails to sway closely-watched election in Montana (5/26)
Eastern Cherokee council ousts chief for only 2nd time in history (5/26)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe into election season with crowded field (5/26)
Lacrosse documentary 'Pride of a Nation' opens to strong reviews (5/26)
Seminole Tribe working hard to rid new casino of Trump's influence (5/26)
Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service (5/25)
Secretary Zinke headed to National Congress of American Indians (5/25)
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens listening sessions on reorganization (5/25)
Kevin Washburn: Indian Country feels the pain with Donald Trump (5/25)
Yakama Nation landowners weigh offers as buy-back winds down (5/25)
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe cannabis consultant found not guilty (5/25)
Secretary Zinke plans to work with tribes on drilling push in Alaska (5/25)
Republican candidate to replace Ryan Zinke charged with assault (5/25)
Democrats drop Andrew Jackson from name of event in Arkansas (5/25)
Chickasaw Nation breaks ground on $10M casino by Texas border (5/25)
Washoe Tribe celebrates 1st anniversary of unique gaming facility (5/25)
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community shares update on casino work (5/25)
Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds (5/24)
Northwest tribes slam Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs (5/24)
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe finds one bright spot in Trump's budget (5/24)
Pascua Yaqui Tribe reports jury conviction of non-Indian offender (5/24)
YES! Magazine: Native birthing center maintains tribal traditions (5/24)
Peter d'Errico: Founding Fathers conspired to take land from tribes (5/24)
Eastern Cherokee chief questions fairness of impeachment hearing (5/24)
Another guilty plea in theft of gaming funds from Winnebago Tribe (5/24)
Tribes clear legislative hurdle in bid for new casino in Connecticut (5/24)
President Trump confirms Indian Country's worst fears with budget (5/23)
Office of Special Trustee pitches lower budget as 'taxpayer' savings (5/23)
Steven Newcomb: Monuments to white supremacy harm our people (5/23)
Two more spills of oil from Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota (5/23)
Native woman in skirt and sandals wins ultramarathon in Mexico (5/23)
Brothers from Huichol Tribe murdered as drug war rages in Mexico (5/23)
Iowa Tribe misses deadline again to launch internet poker project (5/23)
Mississippi Choctaw citizens request vote on $25M casino project (5/23)
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe must wait to restart work on casino (5/23)
Documents show few meetings between Secretary Zinke and tribes (5/22)
Landowners on 2 reservations in Nebraska receive buy-back offers (5/22)
Human Rights Complaint: 'We are only letting the white people in' (5/22)
Mark Trahant: Funds for Indian health in danger under Republicans (5/22)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.