USDA Signs Off on Blackfeet, Cayuga and Sac & Fox Hemp Plans

The Blackfeet Nation, the Cayuga Nation and the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa got the go-ahead to implement their hemp production plans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week. The department also approved state hemp regulatory plans for Florida and Kansas. That raises the number of Tribal approvals to 20, and state to 16. 

“The Cayuga Nation is excited about this new opportunity to expand and diversify our commercial activities within our reservation,” said Clint Halftown, the nation’s federal representative, about the Tribe’s right to grow, produce, and market hemp within its 64,000 acre reservation in New York. “The Farm Bill recognized the right of Indian nations to have authority over hemp production on our lands without interference from any other governments. It is a right that is wholly consistent with our sovereignty.” 

Meanwhile the Blackfeet Nation will put the Blackfeet Homeland Security Department as the lead in charge of implementation on its reservation in northwest Montana. 

The Sac & Fox Tribe “has determined that it will regulate Hemp grown within its jurisdiction as an expression of its sovereignty,” states the Tribe’s hemp plan submitted to the USDA. The Tribe’s plan also highlights its findings that: “Hemp has historically been used in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. The total retail value of Hemp products in the United States has been estimated at over $500 million.” 

Earlier this month, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Seneca Nation of Indians and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians got the green light from the USDA. 

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Other Tribes to get the USDA stamp of approval include: the Colorado River Indian Tribes, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Fort Belknap Indian Community, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indian Tribes, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Pueblo of Picuris Tribe, Santa Rosa Cahuilla Indian Tribe, Santee Sioux Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Yurok Tribe.

USDA said in a notice that it “continues to receive and review hemp production plans from states and Indian tribes.”