From the pages of Indianz.com:
U.S. moves to stop Oglala Lakota hemp farm
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2002
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered an Oglala Lakota family to stop planting and harvesting hemp on their South Dakota ranch after tests showed traces of marijuana and cocaine.
U.S. District Judge Richard Battey granted a temporary restraining order against Alex White Plume and his family. The White Plumes have come to national prominence for asserting a sovereign right to grow hemp on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
[. . .] The dispute here is one of scientific and legal debate. Hemp and its illicit cousin marijuana both contain an active ingredient called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
In marijuana, a certain amount of THC gives users a characteristic "high." Hemp doesn't do that.
Recognizing the difference, the Oglala Lakota Tribe in 1998 passed a law that legalizes hemp, which can be used for a number of purposes. The most significant use on the cash-strapped and equity-poor reservation is for homes.
"The people used to have the buffalo for our food, clothing and shelter," said former President Joe American Horse at the planting of hemp seeds in April 2000, on the 132nd anniversary of the Sioux Nation Treaty of 1868. "Now, hemp can do that for us."
Given what happened to the buffalo, that may not be the best comparison to make.
Technically, this is a national sovereignty dispute. As in:
Stating the USA does not make treaties with ethnic minorities but only with other sovereigns, [Program Manager for Slim Butte LUA and former President of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council Jim] American Horse said he is prepared to exercise the self-determination inherent in the Oglala Sioux Tribe as a successor government under the Treaty of 1868.
I'd suggest that if they want to be taken seriously, they should start blowing shit up, but. . . no, I'm already on a watch list.
If they want to be taken seriously, they should start blowing shit up.
And remember, one corpse in a dinner jacket is worth a dozen in uniforms!
What? It's their land, they can do whatever the fuck they want. Or is anyone suggesting the farmers in Zimbabwe should quietly accede to Mugabe's insane little directives?
Issues are always so much clearer when they involve someone else, aren't they?