FLANDREAU, S.D. — The Santee Sioux tribe has proven its business acumen, running a casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota.
Now 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 money-making model for other tribes seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos.
Santee Sioux leaders plan to grow the 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.
“We want it to be an adult playground,” said tribal President Anthony Reider. “There’s nowhere else in American that has something like this.”
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