Yakama Nation fights to outlaw pot on tribal land

Yakama Nation fights to outlaw pot on tribal land

Yakama Nation fights to outlaw pot on tribal land

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by AP

KREM.com

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Yakama Nation is moving to ban marijuana in all 10 counties of its ancestral lands, covering one-fifth of the state's land mass.
 
In the wake of the state's legalization on recreational pot use, the tribe has already banned marijuana on its 1.2 million acre reservation near Yakima.
 
The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that under the Yakama Treaty of 1855 with the federal government, the tribe was allowed to maintain fishing, hunting and food-gathering rights on more than 12 million acres of its historic lands that were ceded to the United States. Now they want to expand those rights to include a ban on marijuana on all ceded lands.

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