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The Prairie Island Indian Community announced plans to enter the cannabis industry this year, joining a trend among tribal nations in Minnesota. 

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Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures (MLCV), the economic arm of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, has commenced construction on a full-scale 50,000-square foot cannabis cultivation facility near the tribe’s casino in Onamia, Minn. 

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Native agriculture is in a state of transformation, growing rapidly even as Indigenous producers grapple with issues of food sovereignty, self-determination, and a slow-but-sure leak of participation by young Natives in the farming sector. 

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The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians announced on Wednesday it had acquired Mad River Brewery from the Yurok Tribe in northern California. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. 

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Oregon State University will leverage a $10 million grant through the Department of Agriculture to help tribes explore industrial hemp opportunities.

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As nearly two-thirds of the farmers in America approach retirement age, many Native ag organizations consider it imperative to interest and involve the next generation of producers and agricultural industry workers in agriculture from the jump. 

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More than 150 Indigenous cannabis experts, tribal leaders and non-Native partners gathered last week on the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin for the second annual Wisconsin Cannabis Industry and Policy Summit, hosted by the Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association (ICIA). 

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Amid a troubling decline in salmon that’s affecting tribal subsistence in Alaska, a new proposal by two federal agencies would give Alaska Natives a seat at the table — three of them, actually — in decisions that affect their traditional practices. 

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Tribal partners working with the US Forest Service have a chance to bolster their capacity for wildfire fighting and prevention projects thanks to a $500 million investment announced by the USDA during a Tuesday press call.

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A northern California-based nonprofit said last week that it committed a $3 million program-related investment to Tocabe Indigenous Marketplace, a Denver-based company that specializes in Native American food.