There’s a very interesting story out of South Dakota. It seems that Federal law permitting marijuana in some states now permits it on Indian reservations, so:
The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota.But those enterprises have not been immune to competition and the lingering effects of the Great Recession, so the small tribe of 400 is undertaking a new venture — opening the nation's first marijuana resort on its reservation. The experiment could offer a new money-making model for tribes nationwide seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos.Santee Sioux leaders plan to grow their own pot and sell it in a smoking lounge that includes a nightclub, arcade games, bar and food service, and eventually, slot machines and an outdoor music venue.
Intriguing, very intriguing. Gambling, music, and grass all in one place. What if other tribes get into this? Will reservations become prime vacation spots for other Americans?
On the one hand we have the settlement of the Americas by Europeans and the concomitant decimation of the native population. At the same time those Europeans brought in and enslaved Africans to provide labor. In 20th century America descendants of those enslaved Africans became prominent and visible in society as entertainers, music, dance, and sports.
At the same time the descendants of the original inhabitants were confined to reservations, but those reservations have a legal status that is different from that of ‘ordinary’ territory. And that difference allowed casino gambling, which many tribes have gotten into. Now we have marijuana added into the mix. It’s like the tribes can exploit their special legal status to create a nationwide network of adult playgrounds. And somehow this mixes in with the remnants of “noble savage” mythology to add a “back to the land” and a “spiritual” vibe to these spots. And that’s both phony and real at the same time.
Very interesting. We’ve got Las Vegas, Disneyland and Disneyworld, and now the Tribal World of Gambling, Grass, and Grooves.
Where’s the world headed?