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Yakama Nation Hopes to Ban Marijuana on Ancestral Lands

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YAKIMA, WA - The Yakama Nation is moving to ban marijuana in all 10 counties of its ancestral lands, covering one-fifth of Washington state's land mass.

Following the state's legalization of recreational pot, the tribe has already banned marijuana on its 1.2 million acre reservation near Yakima.

Under the Yakama Treaty of 1855 with the federal government, the tribe was allowed to maintain fishing, hunting and food-gathering rights on more than 12 million acres of its historic lands that were ceded to the United States. 

Now the tribe wants to expand those rights to include a ban on marijuana on all ceded lands.

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