Case No. 05-1654 consolidated
with No. 05-1656 (CIV 02-5071-RHB)
1998: The Oglala Sioux Tribe passed
Ordinance 98-27, which distinguishes between marijuana
and hemp and allows Lakota farmers to grow hemp under
1999 - 2002: The White Plume Family
and other Lakota hemp farmers with the Slim Buttes Land
Use Association grew hemp; the DEA raided and destroyed
the hemp crops; the U.S. government finally brought
action for injunction against the White Plumes and anyone
helping them from growing hemp. Tierra Madre, LLC and
Madison Hemp and Flax Company 1806, Inc. had contracts
to purchase the White Plume hemp and donate it to a
hemp house being built for a Lakota elder, and they
entered the case later as Intervenor Defendants.
Case No. 02-5071
The following papers were served upon
Alex White Plume on Saturday, August 10, 2002.
for Restraining Order
See the final
court ruling here (PDF file 620k).
2005: The defendants appealed to the
8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals which granted appellants'
request for oral argument on December 12 in St. Louis.
The Court also granted the motions of amicus parties
Hemp Industries Association (HIA), Vote Hemp and Oglala
Read all the briefs:
Case No. 05-1654
Brief (Owe Aku Tiospaye, Indigenous Law Institute and
Institute for Cultural Ecology)
Case No. 05-1656
Brief (HIA, Vote Hemp and Oglala Sioux Tribe) (PDF
Affidavit of David P. West, Ph.D. (PDF file 200k)
Listen to the oral
arguments (Real Audio file).
Read our press releases about the case:
Judge Calls DEA's Views on Hemp Farming 'Asinine' in
Case Over Industrial Hemp & Tribal Sovereignty
December 16, 2005
Once Encouraged by U.S. Government Treaty to Grow Hemp,
Fight to Do So Again
June 9, 2005