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Published on Sep 28, 2010
Nearly a decade ago one North American Indian tribe dared to pass a tribal law allow the growing of industrial hemp for many useful items, among them building materials such as "hempcrete". What ensued was a clear indicator of the government's stance on sovereignty and hemp cultivation. The Ogalala Sioux tribe were prepared to go forward even though they new sooner or later it would come to a halt. The project began in April 2000 and ended a short four months with a DEA raid in August. The federal agents released an official statement following the raid saying that permitting hemp farming would send the wrong signal to young people and would allow marijuana farmers to hide their crops with industrial hemp plants.