Tribe announces federal approval of reservation hemp program

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MOUNTAIN CENTER (CNS) - The Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians received authorization from the federal government to open reservation land near Mountain Center to hemp cultivation, the tribe announced Wednesday. "We look forward to partnering with outside businesses to produce a successful venture that will in turn provide economic growth for our reservation," tribal Chair Steven Estrada said. "As a non-gaming tribe, we are always looking to diversify our economic development options in order to ensure we provide our tribal members with services, such as water, housing and higher education," he said. "Hemp production will allow us to increase these services." There was no word on when the tribe will announce lease opportunities for growers. According to tribal spokesman Mike H
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