South Dakota tribe burned pot crop for fear of federal raid

AP News
Posted: Nov 09, 2015 4:29 PM

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota American Indian tribe that sought to open the nation's first marijuana resort says it burned its crop after federal officials signaled a potential raid.

Flandreau Santee Sioux President Anthony Reider told The Associated Press the tribe had three weeks of discussions with authorities that culminated with a meeting in Washington that included a Justice Department official and U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Randolph Seiler.

Reider says the tribe wasn't told a raid was imminent — only that one was possible if the government's concerns weren't addressed.

Reider says the main holdup is whether the tribe can sell marijuana to non-Indians, along with the origin of the seeds used for its crop.

Calls by the AP to the Justice Department and to Seiler's office weren't immediately returned.


This story has been corrected to show Seiler's first name is Randolph.