We all know that hemp was not part of our traditional landscape until after WWII. Prior to this there was scattered
remains of feral hemp from colonizers that brought it with them as it was a staple fiber with many uses.
What tribes are failing to realize is the value of our naturalized hemp. For too long we have listened to non-native
hemp advocates, companies and the government telling us there was no value, yet all around us states are racing
to genotype, identify and trademark naturalized hemp.
SEED is currently the most valuable aspect of the hemp industry and many are coming onto our lands, taking and
using our seed to replant with no thought to tribal law or intellectual rights.
It had also come to our attention that naturalized hemp seeds were being taken from tribal lands, renamed and
used in projects from Kentucky to Israel with no compensation for tribes whatsoever. For example, seeds taken
from Pine Ridge are being used in Kentucky to make millions of dollars for years to come yet the Oglala tribe will
see no revenue.
So ask yourself..if our naturalized hemp has "no value" then why are state universities and global research
companies taking it for their crops and studies? Why are states around us racing to genotype and own the
We should be discussing:
Why should tribes be utilizing their naturalized hemp?
How can tribes utilize naturalized hemp?
What are the medicinal benefits of tribal naturalized hemp?
What is the market value of naturalized hemp?
How can we protect our natural resources?
"Industrial hemp was widely cultivated in the American Midwest in the mid-20th century, particularly to support
the war effort during World War II, and since that period the plant has re-seeded naturally and grown wild in states
such as Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, and Minnesota, with Indiana reporting the largest concentrations
nationally. As early as 1914, a United States Department of Agriculture publication stated: "Hemp is abundant
as a wild plant in many localities in western Missouri, Iowa, and in southern Minnesota, and is often found as a
roadside weed throughout the Middle West."