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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2004 12:37 am    Post subject: 2nd Annual Lakota Hemp Days: August 25th – 29th Reply with quote

2nd Annual Lakota Hemp Days

Date: August 25th – 29th 2004
(Wednesday Evening through Sunday Afternoon)

Location: Kiza Park – 3 Miles N of Manderson, SD – on the Pine Ridge

You’re Invited: Alex White Plume, his family, Hemphasis Magazine, the
South Dakota Industrial Hemp Council, and those involved with the Lakota
Hemp Project invite you to attend the 2nd Annual Lakota Hemp Days on the
Pine Ridge Reservation this August 25th through 29th. Last year (2003)
in late August, the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the world’s
largest hemp trade organization, held their annual convention at Kiza
Park, near Alex White Plume’s hemp fields. The event was a big success;
there were dozens of hemp experts, manufactures, writers, activists,
storeowners, native Lakota folks, Canadian hemp farmers, and South
Dakotans who attended the event. We want to build on last year’s
momentum and make this gathering an annual event.

Wild Hemp Harvest: This year we invite you to partake in a wild hemp
harvest. It is legal to harvest hemp, according the Controlled
Substances Act of 1970, after the leaves have fallen off. There are tons
of wild (feral) hemp now growing on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Let’s
take the opportunity to harvest some of this legal hemp and use it to
make paper. Alex and his family have all the machinery available to do
this. We’ll use a tractor and sickle bar mower to cut the hemp stalks
down. Then the stalks will be gathered, and the buds (seeds) will be put
into five gallon buckets. Then we’ll lay down tarps and the buds will be
threshed to glean the seeds. After the harvested hemp is naturally
retted and dried (10 – 14 days), we’ll make it into the paper upon which
Alex’s legal team will file their legal briefs. Thus, we’ll further
illustrate the importance of the Lakota Hemp Project. The hemp stalks
have to be retted and dried before we can turn it into paper using the
White Plume’s pulping machine, but Alex will demonstrate how the pulping
machine works, and attendees will get a chance to use the hemp break
(patented by Thomas Jefferson) to separate the fiber from the hurds, and
to use the hemp comb, which further refines the fiber. Don’t miss a
chance to work with native American hemp!

Monumental Event: This is a monumental event because it will be the
first time in decades that hemp will be harvested legally in the United
States, and made into an end product right on site. These activities
will serve as an outline on how to legally harvest wild hemp without
getting in trouble, taking advantage of the tons of wild hemp that grow
naturally throughout the United States. We hope this will serve as the
impetus that will propel others to follow in our footsteps and harvest
wild hemp, helping start a natural hemp industry (although on a small
scale) here in America. No one has done anything like this. This is the
location of the only American farmer to have cultivated and sold a hemp
crop in over a half century. We need to continue to support these brave
native farmers by pushing forward and adding support to this already
ground-breaking effort. Come be a part of this monumental experience!
This area promises to be a hemp research area for years to come. Come be
a part of the beginning!

Join the Hempening Crowd: Many hemp people from around the country have
expressed their intent to attend this year’s event. This is the
beginning of the Midwest’s annual meeting of hemp minds. Come down and
have a great time, meet with other hempers, relax, and be a part of a
marvelous political and agricultural event. If we get to know each other
and unite then we cannot be stopped. Please RSVP using the contact info
at the bottom of this sheet. This year’s festivities will be free, but a
$50 donation is suggested.

Bring a Tent, Water, and Food: Please be prepared to camp for four days.
Make sure you bring plenty of water and food for the entire event.
Hemp-fed buffalo and other hemp foods will be available at a reasonable
price. No alcohol is allowed on the reservation – please respect this
law. There is a convenience store located in nearby Manderson and a
grocery store 30 minutes away in Pine Ridge, if supplies run low.

Continued Effort: We realize that all the White Plume and Lakota
challenges cannot be resolved over one weekend. It will take a continued
effort to make it hempen for the poverty stricken native population on
the reservation, which is the poorest county in the United States, with
over 80% unemployment. Hemp farming could hemp give these people jobs,
money, and hope.

Day in Court: Alex will finally have his day in court this
August/September, so any help or support that you can offer will be
greatly appreciated. This battle in court needs to be won, not only for
justice, but so that hemp can have its rebirth here in America.

Pine Ridge Health and Hemp Store: Alex and his family want to take a
run down store in Manderson, three miles South of Kiza Park and Alex’s
land, next to Pinky’s, a convenience store, and turn it into a health
and hemp store. Nothing like this currently exists on the Pine Ridge
Reservation. Diabetes runs about 25% on Pine Ridge and there is no place
to find healthy food. This needs to change. Many people visit Alex’s
property each year to lend their support in this monumental struggle, so
there is good reason to believe that a hemp store would do very well in
the area. If you cannot attend Hemp Days, or you manufacture hemp
products yourself, please consider making a donation of hemp goods, or
money, to help get this store off the ground.

The Alex White Plume Saga
In 1998, the Lakota Sioux Tribal Government of the Pine Ridge
Reservation, the poorest county in the U.S.A., passed Ordinance 98-27,
which legalized industrial hemp farming to help alleviate economic
suffering and to combat diabetes, which runs around 25% on the
reservation, due to the influx of processed government food. Marijuana
laws were unchanged. Hemp can grow on Pine Ridge’s badland desert
climate, where almost nothing else can, because the hemp crop uses only
moderate amounts of water, requires no crop chemicals to flourish, and
can provide all the nutritional, and economic gains the area so
desperately needs.
The Lakota Sioux, according to the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1868, can grow
whatever they see fit for food and fiber (or so they thought). The
nomadic Lakota of the 19th century understood they were to raise food
and clothing from the soil as a substitute for buffalo, which had
provided them sustenance since antiquity. Industrial hemp was a staple
crop in the region throughout the 19th century and was well adapted to
the climate of South Dakota. The Lakota had the right to cultivate hemp
in 1868 and were encouraged to do so. Wild (feral) hemp thrives
naturally throughout SD today – remnants from historical hemp
cultivation on the plains.

Alex White Plume, a Lakota Sioux living on Pine Ridge Reservation, has
grown industrial hemp on his land for four years now. In 2000, the DEA,
with helicopters and machine guns, confiscated the sovergn crop, costing
taxpayers $200,000. In 2001, the DEA came only with side arms and weed
eaters, and again illegally destroyed the crops. In 2002 Alex and his
family again planted fields of industrial hemp, but were unable to sell
their crops to the Madison Hemp and Flax Company, since U.S. Attorney
Vargo and U.S. District Judge Battey issued an injunction against Alex
and his hemp crop. If Alex so much as touches his hemp, he will be held
in contempt of court, and jailed without a trial. Alex’s court date has
been continually pushed back, barring him and his family from justice.
Alex and his family did not plant a crop in 2003 or 2004, but previous
years’ seed has risen once again into the Earth’s most useful and
abundant crop, hemp.
Alex and his family are only trying to help their economic situation and
help to provide nutrition for his family and friends (enough nutrition
for one day could be supplied by simply shaking seeds into your hands
from Alex’s crop). Alex is not just the only American to cultivate and
sell a hemp crop within the borders of the U. S. since 1968, but he is
also the superintendent of the Manderson school, and a symbol of hope on
his reservation. He has adopted the old ways of the Lakota and organized
his family around traditional matriarchal lines, which has helped to end
spousal abuse and alcohol abuse among the White Plume clan. Alex White Plume’s hemp crop was to be used in a local, community-based
hemp housing demonstration project, a working model of
agriculture-based, environmentally sustainable economic redevelopment.
Since Pine Ridge is the poorest county in the U.S., it is critical to
establish such models there. The DEA’s continued harassment of the
Lakota People concerning these activities undermines their important
efforts to make a better life with limited resources.


HEMPhasis Magazine
The South Dakota Industrial Hemp Council

S. Jeremy Briggs
539 Milton Ave
Casper, WY 82601
605 484-1806

Bob Newland
HC 89 Box 184-A
Hermosa SD 57744

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2004 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is one event I wish we could all attend.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2004 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, there will always be a few of us on those festivals, I'm sure.
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