Thursday, June 11, 2015

Flandreau, tribe dissolve policing partnership

The Santee Sioux Tribe is approaching the cannabis on-ramp after after voting to take another step. The economic development potential is nearly limitless for the small tribal nation already operating a casino on ground they own just outside the eastern South Dakota community of Flandreau.
The initial agreement, back in 2000, aimed to consolidate resources, law enforcement services and train officers to deal respectfully and responsibly with all citizens, Native and non-Native. And, it has accomplished many of those goals over the years. But both city and tribal officials agree an ongoing lack of good communication probably led to a breakdown in the partnership. City officials.. and tribal officials would all argue they've tried to communicate. There are simply differences of opinion and quite honestly, laws and goals when it comes to tribal entities versus non-tribal. [KSFY teevee]
The Moody County Enterprise has a story linked here.

A former chairman of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is a tribal liaison for a cannabis development firm.

Deadwood and tribal gaming are inextricably linked. Tribes can do this; but, the South Dakota Legislature should be kept out of the cannabis loop completely unless Deadwood chooses to be the test bed off-reservation. South Dakota's gaming commission could regulate off-reservation cultivation and sales. Revenue from the sales of cannabis would require a change in the state's constitution just as it was to enter gaming compacts with tribal nations.

Petitions to make cannabis legal for patients suffering from acute medical conditions begin circulating in South Dakota 18 June.

If the South Dakota Democratic Party is too timid to tackle legal cannabis the task should fall to the fledgling South Dakota Progress.

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