Ho-Chunk announced Saturday that its General Council voted to reverse a policy that made the use and sale of marijuana on tribal lands illegal. Sixty-three percent of members voted in favor, 34 percent voted against and 3 percent abstained.
The vote comes about a month after members of the Menominee Indian Tribe endorsed possible legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use on their northeastern Wisconsin reservation.
According to a post on the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Facebook page, all branches of the tribe’s government will start to determine how to move forward with the legalization process.
Last year the Justice Department announced it would let Indian tribes legalize and regulate marijuana.
Hundreds of Memominee protesters fill Capitol to urge yes decision on #casino. pic.twitter.com/naP9ruRmMK — Dee J. Hall (@deejhall) February 18, 2015
Via Kenosha Casino Too Big a Gamble for Wisconsin @ Right Wisconsin.
The numbers are abysmal: Barely 800 of the nearly 180,000 University of Wisconsin System undergraduates identify themselves as American Indian, 0.4% of the total enrollment. Via More American Indian students needed in the UW System @ JS Across the Board Blog.
There definitely seems to have been some kind of budgetary shortfall for Fiscal Year 2014, and I’ve noted that the cash balance for the end of that fiscal year was nearly $546 million below what was estimated in March. Now that doesn’t necessarily correspond to what the General Fund totals might be, but if Scott…
Via Ojibwe Bands Seek EPA Review Of Iron Mine @ The Political Environment:
Gov. Walker will decide. Via Scott Walker given 180-day extension for Kenosha casino decision @ JSOnline.
The six bands of Chippewa tribes in northern Wisconsin have declared intentions to spear a record 63,488 walleyes during the 2014 off-reservation harvest, according to officials with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. Via Chippewa tribes declare record number of walleyes for spearing season @ JS On the Trail Blog.
Via Steve Nass doesn’t support bill to shield UW research from public records law @ State Journal On Campus.
The group is expected to detail privately its proposal for the controversial proposed Kenosha to Walker and, later in the day, to the media and public. Via Menominee delegation meets with Gov. Scott Walker @ JS Dogged Blog.
The state’s elk management plan calls for a limited public hunting season once the population reaches 200 animals. Given recent growth trends, that threshold could be reached in 2014 or 2015. Via JS On the Trail Blog.
Located near Aztalan, Wis. along the Crawfish River, a tributary of the Rock River and part of the Mississippi River watershed, Aztalan State Park encompasses 172 acres, but is best known for the 20-acre reconstructed plaza, made to replicate that which was originally created on the site by the Mississippian period indians who occupied the…
The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is reporting that since July 2011 the Potawatomi tribe has contributed $150,900 to Republican Governors Association. Its most recent contribution came in February when it gave the GOP group $50,000…. Via Potawatomi spreads wealth to GOP governors group @ JS All Politics Blog
Still, they’re not inclined to move when they’ve not even heard objections directly. Via Wisconsin GOP, Iron County Want Native American Mining Protesters Out @ MAL Contends…
Nothing’s stopped the agency before. Via WMTV.
Big money. Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
We didn’t have one before? Via TMJ4.
Gogebic’s proposed mine is in the Bad River watershed, which runs through tribal land. Seitz said the key is to pass a mining bill and address concerns of the tribe later. But [environmentalist] Meyer told senators that tribal issues are huge, and that parties who want a mine built need to establish a closer relationship…