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Mon Aug 8, 2016, 12:09 AM

After marijuana charges, questions on sovereignty emerge

The Flandreau Santee Sioux had an understanding with the federal government: the tribe could grow and sell marijuana so long as it kept it on the reservation and out of the hands of minors and criminals.

It didn't have a deal with Marty Jackley.

The South Dakota attorney general this week brought criminal charges against two Colorado consultants hired by the tribe to help set up a marijuana operation on its reservation south of Brookings.

Jackley said a 150-year-old U.S. Supreme Court decision gives him power to file the charges regardless of the fact the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe voted last year to legalize marijuana on its reservation.

Read more: http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2016/08/06/after-marijuana-charges-questions-sovereignty-emerge/88007708/

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