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Yakama Nation still seeks to outlaw pot on ceded lands


Yakama Nation website

CEDED LANDS: This map shows the territory ceded to Washington State by the Yakama Tribe in the treaty of 1855. It includes Goldendale.

It was prominent news earlier this year-Reuters, the British news service, started their story on March 24 by saying, "A Native American tribe, concerned about the impact of marijuana on its youth, is fighting to derail the rollout of a nascent recreational pot industry across a quarter of Washington state, where it still holds some traditional rights."

It was quickly sidelined in most press as a bold but quixotic goal: the Yakama Nation wants to take action to enforce federal law on all 600,000 or so people who live on the 10 million acres the tribe ceded to Washington State in the Treaty of 1855.

Good luck with that, many observers said.

Nonetheless, the tribe remains on course with its...

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