SISSETON, S.D. – The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s plan to grow hemp became one of the first in the nation to get federal approval.
The Department of Agriculture announced the Santee Sioux were among three tribes and three states to get approval under the 2018 Farm Bill.
Two other tribes in South Dakota — the Oglala Sioux and Yankton Sioux tribes — are still awaiting decisions on their plans.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has opposed hemp cultivation in the state, but that hasn’t stopped tribes from pursuing their own hemp plans.