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WA: Colville Tribe's First Hemp Harvest Is A Success, Officials Say

Ron Strider

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With the first year crop, the Colville Tribes’ hemp research project was to see how it would grow on the reservation, Colville Tribes’ Natural Resources director Cody Desautel said at the 2017 General Membership Meeting in Keller, Oct. 14.

After harvesting two weeks ago, consultant Doug Fine reported the plant grew well — the harvest was a success with more than a ton of hemp seed produced by the Swawilla Basin crop.

"All of us who worked on the debut Colville crop are pretty much beside ourselves with joy at the harvest,” said Fine in a comment shared by tribal publication relations staff, Oct. 25. "We can breath again now that more than a ton of seed is in. Stay tuned for an Omega rich seed product coming from this harvest. It means so much to the Tribe to be deriving revenue from year one. From a crop that builds soil.”

Some anxiety continues about the hemp project.

Desautel reported there were restrictions within the permit the tribe received from the state of Washington — one of which was that grow was research based — while further noting the tribe has begun the process of applying for a permit through the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Desautel reported next year the tribe will research hemp production under the state permit while looking for additional locations around the reservation for the crop.

Tribal member Yvonne Swan encouraged the tribal leadership to not forfeit tribal sovereignty through the hemp project at the Oct. 14 meeting

“I think it is a step down to ask the state of Washington for a permit to do something on tribal land,” said Swan.

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