Native American tribes forging cannabis partnerships


TILT Holdings Inc. (NEO: TILT) (OTCQX: TLLTF) formed a new partnership with the Shinnecock Indian Nation, a federally recognized Native American tribe living on their traditional lands on Long Island, New York, to establish vertical cannabis operations on their Indigenous tribal territory in the Hamptons.

“We are proud to help create an entry into the cannabis industry that will impact the Shinnecock Nation,” said Gary Santo, CEO of TILT Holdings. “To date, Indigenous peoples have been largely excluded from the conversation about social equity across the country. This partnership, which is a true partnership in every sense of the word, is a step forward towards the creation of social equity for the Nation. We believe that our expertise in cannabis operations, along with Shinnecock’s thought leadership and cultural connection to plant medicine, will generate economic growth for the region, while also cementing the nation as a leader in cannabis operations. among indigenous communities.

Through a joint venture with national cannabis project development company Conor Green, TILT said it would finance, build and provide management services for the cannabis vertical operations of the 100% owned cannabis business. Shinnecock Nation, Little Beach Harvest. The combination of TILT’s expertise in the cannabis industry with Shinnecock’s long history of understanding and using plant medicine will serve as the foundation for a truly unique and socially fair partnership in the cannabis industry.

“This is an exciting and momentous opportunity for our nation,” said Chenae Bullock, Member of the Shinnecock Nation and General Manager of Little Beach Harvest. “As the wealth gap in the United States has widened further and further, it is economic development opportunities like this that will help our tribe close the gap. Through our partnership with TILT, we will not only create dozens of jobs and launch careers, but also cultivate business relationships with other tribal business owners, thereby generating growth for indigenous communities.

Shinnecock Nation President Bryan Polite added, “Over the past few years, we have worked diligently to ensure that the Shinnecock Nation will be a responsible and positive addition to the New York cannabis market. We have been impressed with TILT’s commitment to building such a fair partnership and believe that they bring the right kind of expertise at the right time precisely to help us become a leading operator in the emerging cannabis market in New York. York.

Tribes enter cannabis

Many Native American tribes are seriously considering entering the cannabis space. The Paiute Indian tribe of Utah has said they are considering entering the medical cannabis business. Currently in Las Vegas, the NuWu Cannabis dispensary is owned by the Paiute tribe. NuWu means “the people” in South Paiute and is located on the tribe’s “settlement” one mile from the neon-lit Fremont Street experience. At the start of the pandemic, NuWu became the preferred dispensary because it was the only one with a drive-thru window. NuWu also operated the premier consumer lounge in Vegas.

The Native American Cannabis Alliance formed a joint venture with Tim Houseberg, the executive director of the Native Health Matters Foundation of the Cherokee Nation, and Everscore, the leading direct-to-consumer marketplace for THC and CBD products. They signed three memoranda of understanding with indigenous farmers from tribes such as the Mohawk Nation and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal nations. The groundbreaking agreements will oversee the transformation of more than 500,000 acres of tribal farmland into cannabis cultivation that will include agricultural services, establishment of manufacturing campuses to process cannabis, and workforce development, with products for sale in the Everscore online marketplace.

History of cannabis among Native Americans

While some historians claim that cannabis was probably included in the sacramental pipes that Native Americans smoked, others believe this is not possible. This group says cannabis was not introduced to America at that time and only happened when the Vikings brought it or some believe that Columbus era explorers brought hemp to America. . Still, there is documented evidence of hemp fiber in Native American clothing, which supports the argument that it did exist.

Emerald Magazine published a listing of Native Owned Cannabis Businesses contains over 100 retailers and is regularly updated.

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