Indian Country Prepares to Enter the Global Hemp Industry

(LAS VEGAS) — In less than two months, tribal leaders, lawmakers and regulators will be convening at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort for a three-day symposium to discuss how Native American tribes can build a roadmap to economic development through industrial hemp production.

“The Tribal Green Symposium was really created for Indian Country, by Indian Country. We have gone to great lengths to find the leaders and experts who are in the fields, on the ground, and in the courts, navigating a path into this global, multi-billion dollar industry,” said La Vonne Peck, of Native Network Consulting–the event’s organizer. 

The 3-day symposium consists of a two-day conference going from November 13-14, 2018 and is followed by a day-long charity golf tournament, on November 15th, with proceeds going to support university hemp research.

Some of the Symposium’s notable speakers confirmed for Day 1 include Joy Beckerman. In addition to being the current Chair of the Board at the Hemp Industries Association, Beckerman has worked in the industry for decades and is a world-renowned educator and policy expert in the field of cannabis and hemp.

Lawrence Serbin —  Chairman of Industrial Hemp Advisory Board in California and owner of Hemp Traders, the nation’s largest and oldest purveyor of hemp products, will lead a session to help leaders learn and understand the countless applications of hemp and its potential as an input for production

Brendan V. Johnson and Timothy Q. Purdon — Both Johnson and Purdon are Co-Chairs of the American Indian Law & Policy Group and have served as Former US Attorneys for South Dakota and North Dakota, respectively. The two speakers will lead a session at the symposium to help define and clarify the legal complexities that tribes will face as they enter the ‘Green’ economy.

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