Menominee Tribe Files Lawsuit Over Hemp Raid

WISCONSIN: Less than a month after its land was raided, the Menominee Indian Tribe has filed a lawsuit against the DEA and Department of Justice.

The tribe wants to clarify whether it’s legal for it to grow industrial hemp on its reservation, which the tribe considers to be equal to a state.

“We still stand firm on that belief that, yes, we fit the guidelines,” said Gary Besaw, the Menominee Indian Tribal Chairman.

The guidelines Besaw is talking about are those in the 2014 Farm Bill. Besaw says the bill allows his tribe to team with the College of Menominee Nation to grow and research industrial hemp.