Tribal Green Symposium  - February 19, 2020


8:00 Breakfast, Registration and Networking

9:00-9:15 Opening: Welcome and Prayer – Bo Mazzetti, Chairman Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians
Opening Remarks – La Vonne Peck, Native Network

9:15 – 10:15 HEMP HEMP Hooray! Hemp is on the Horizon!

Rick Trojan: Hemp Road Trip

Description: As we move into the year 2020, we have so many exciting opportunities ahead of us with hemp. Rick founded Hemp Road Trip in 2015. He will share with us how he has seen the industry change globally, where he sees it headed, mistakes and successes along the way as well as his ideas on how to best be positioned for the next 10 years. Hemp Road Trip's mission is to increase awareness on industrial hemp through a global grassroots campaign. Rick’s work showcases the benefits of the plant for its multipurpose use; health, energy, manufacturing, planet.

10:15 – 10:30 Tribal Green Symposium Vision, Goals and Overview of Green Industry for Tribes

La Vonne Peck, Native Network

Description: Our goal is to give you information to take back to your Tribal Nations so you can decide how this plant can bring economic revenue to your Tribe, be it health and beauty, manufacturing, textiles, building materials, plastics, energy, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals that serve animals and humans to name a few. We will give you an overview where Tribes are, challenges and how Tribes can be a leader in the Green Industry.

10:30 – 11:00 The Cannabis plant is seen historically in Tribal communities

Muriel Youngbear
Description: With a deep love for her Tribal history, Muriel has uncovered unique Hemp artifacts which prove that her own Tribe, as well as others, have used Hemp in everyday life! She will share her experiences in the growing Industrial Hemp history, from a Tribal perspective. Muriel is an enrolled member of the Meskwaki Tribe.

11:00 – 12:00 Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Agriculture Marketing Services (AMS) (invited and confirming)

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Tribal Leader Panel: Visions and current projects taking place today

Fred Nelson Jr., Tribal Chairman, La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians
Brandi Taylor, Tribal Chairwoman, Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel
Everett Baxter, Tribal Council Member, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

2:00 – 2:30 Tribal manufacturing company begins using hemp in existing production

Robert Huff– Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation

Description: At Dakota Western Corporation, a plastic film manufacturer, General Manager Robert Huff is working hard to see how he can incorporate hemp into making a biodegradeable plastic bag option. Robert will share with us his vision and experience of using hemp as a raw material at an existing manufacturing facility.

2:30 – 3:30 Opportunities in Testing: Standards in Cannabis Testing Lab and Hemp Labs

Matt Haskin, CEO, Certus Analytics Laboratory

Description: Matt Haskin was the founder and previous CEO of CannaSafe Analytics, which, under his vision and leadership, became the first cannabis laboratory in the United States to be awarded an ISO 17025:2005 accreditation in 2012. A serial entrepreneur, Matt struck upon the concept of a medical cannabis laboratory in late 2009 after observing close family and friends struggle with concerns over the safety of the cannabis they used as medicine. With no industry established protocols or methods for testing cannabis, Matt set out to develop a lab that would set the standard and earn the trust of its clients. Matt now heads up Certus Analytics, a BCC licensed California cannabis compliance laboratory.

3:30 – 3:45 Break with Snacks

3:45– 4:30 Finance and Banking

VaRene Martin, First Vice President, Director of Tribal and Corporate Relations, Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)

Description: As the green industries expand, banking is slowly incorporating hemp and cannabis. With the passing of the Farm Bill 2018, there have been bills introduced to allow financial services to be provided to industrial hemp businesses. VaRene will provide an update on these services. VaRene Martin is an enrolled citizen of Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Mvskoke (Creek) Nation. VaRene serves on the board of the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) as the 1st Vice President and Director of Tribal & Corporate Relations. She acts as Tribal Advisor for FS Advisors in a business development capacity. She serves as an advisory board member to the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California, the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma, a member of and Co-Chair of the National Congress of American Indian’s (NCAI) Economic Development, Finance, and Employment Subcommittee.

4:30 - 5:00  Open Discussion

5:00  closing remarks for Day 1


Tribal Green Symposium  - February 20, 2020

8:00 Breakfast

9:15-9:30 Opening Remarks - La Vonne Peck, Native Network

9:30-10:30 Hemp is an Undedicated Plant: Where does your Tribe fit in?

La Vonne Peck and Niki Vandenburgh

Description: The industry segments are building and we are creating demand for the use of hemp rapidly. At this time, hemp is not a commodity product. The Hemp industry needs regional processing, that can take on using all parts of the plant. 100% of the hemp plant is useable and can be processed for a vast array of uses; from building houses, pet industry, tools and equipment, raw material for plastics, anti-inflammatory medicine, high protein food additive and much more. We will discuss the industry segments and where it is projected to grow.

10:30 – 11:00 Success and Challenge of Cannabis on Tribal Lands

Brandi Taylor, Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel

Description: The Santa Ysabel Tribe has been involved in the medicinal and recreational cannabis market in California since 2015. Chairwoman Taylor will share how the Tribe decided to enter into this industry and what the journey has been for the past 5 years.

11:00 – 11:30 Emerging Markets create Unique Economic Development Possibilities

Lawrence Serbin, Hemp Traders, Chairman of Industrial Hemp Advisory Board, California

Description: As the markets mature, hemp and cannabis bring unique economic development opportunities. Mr. Serbin has operated Hemp Traders for 25 years, established as the country’s oldest and largest company selling hemp textiles and products. Tribes can look at the unlimited possibilities of products that can be made from hemp and craft a vertically integrated business to drive their economy. Mr. Serbin will share his experience with creating Hemp Board, a construction product similar to fiber board.

11:30-12:30 Cultivation: Understanding both Agriculture and Science

Bill Billings, Founder, Colorado Hemp Project

Description: Bill “Wild” Billings is a hemp farmer to the core! Bill’s knowledge of farming and agriculture is assisting growers across the globe as they launch farms. As a founder in the Colorado Hemp Project, Bill operates a seed company providing high quality strains for CBD and fiber. Sustainable agriculture is his passion and part the founding team of Colorado Hemp Project is comprised of multiple generations of successful commercial farmers who understand the importance of taking care of the earth.

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 Creating Inter Tribal Trade Zones

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2:30 - 3:00 Farm Bill 2018: Registration Process & Components with Department of Agriculture Tribal Hemp Plans

Niki Vandenburgh, Native Network

Description: Native Network Consulting wrote one of the first three USDA approved plans, announced on December 27, 2019. As NNC continues to work with clients to get Tribal plans through the approval process, it should get easier to navigate. We will discuss the status of Tribal plans, required components and allow time for questions and answers based on the process we have been through with Department of Agriculture.

3:00-3:15 Break with snacks

3:15 – 4:15 Farming / Equipment / Best Practices / Crop Insurance / Funding Opportunities

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4:15 – 5:00 Open Discussion and Symposium Close

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