By Shelby Lindrud, West Central Tribune on January 18, 2023
The Lower Sioux will be building a hemp processing facility — and the first hempcrete test home — this spring.
There has been a buzz growing around hemp the last several years as loosening regulations in the United States have started to make it easier to grow, process and use the plant in a variety of products and projects. At the Lower Sioux Indian Community near Morton, the focus has been on using hemp as a building material, to help construct not only higher-quality but environmentally-friendly homes for members.
“There are 20,000 uses for the plant. I can’t think of a better one for our community members than to give them a home that will last forever,” said Earl Pendleton, Lower Sioux Tribal Council vice president.
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