Hemp and Native American Tribes

Through passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the USDA was authorized to develop a federal regulatory program for hemp production, including oversight and approval of plans submitted by states and Indian tribes in accordance with the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. To date, six states (including Delaware, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas) have likewise received USDA approval.

Taken together, the tribes represent a combined 14,565 people among (according to 2010 U.S. Census figures) some 5.2 million Native Americans in the United States overall. If taken among the 2.9 million of those identifying exclusively as American Indian or Alaska Native, the combined population of hemp-involved tribes would total one-half of 1%.

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