Event Details

Ninth Native American Cannabis and Hemp Conference

June 18-19, 2024

Pechanga Resort Casino – Temecula, CA

Event Details

The Ninth Native American Cannabis and Hemp Conference will be held on June 18-19, 2024, at the Pechanga Resort Casino – Temecula, CA.

Industry experts will come together with Tribal Leaders and decision-makers to share information regarding the evolving legal landscape of the cannabis and hemp industries throughout the country. You will hear success stories and discuss best practices for creating regulated, legal, safe, and high-quality products in your communities. This is a must-attend event if your Tribe has already entered this complex market or is considering other means to drive revenue and create jobs. This is also a unique opportunity for professionals with products or expertise to take advantage of the many benefits offered when entering a business relationship with a Tribe.

We ensure our attendees get to know their peers and interact with one another throughout the event by providing a variety of engaging sessions, numerous networking opportunities, and impressive business solutions.

Four Conferences for the Price of One!
This event is being held in conjunction with our:

When you register for one, you will have access to all four conferences!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

  • Tribal Leaders
  • Council Members
  • Cannabusiness Professionals
  • Insurance Professionals
  • Finance and Legal Professionals
  • Information and Technology Professionals
  • Risk Managers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Economic Development Professionals
  • Industry Consultants
  • Government agencies

TO SPEAK WITH A REPRESENTATIVE ABOUT ATTENDING, SPEAKING, EXHIBITING OR SPONSORING, PLEASE CALL US AT 201-857-5333 OR EMAIL SALES@NATIVENATIONEVENTS.ORG.

At Native Nation Events, we pride ourselves on offering best-in-class networking events in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. No need for suits and ties; business casual is the preferred dress code for our conferences. 

Thank you to our Conference Co-Chairs for their continued support, dedication to knowledge, and drive to enhance communities.

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Register Now To Attend

For Elected Tribal Council or Tribal Government/Enterprise Representatives

Tribal Super Early Bird

$845

Tribal Early Bird

$945

Expires 06/17

Tribal Standard Rate

$1045

Group Rate (Four or more paid from same Tribe or entity)

Group Tribal Super Early Bird

$745

Group Tribal Early Bird

$845

Expires 06/17

Group Tribal Standard Rate

$945

For Other Industry Professionals

Pro Super Early Bird

$945

Pro Early Bird

$1045

Expires 06/17

Pro Standard Rate

$1145

HOTEL INFORMATION

Pechanga Resort Casino

45000 Pechanga Parkway
Temecula, CA 92592

1-888-PECHANGA

Room Rate: $204 per night

Booking Code: 9831546

Room Cut-Off Date: May 16, 2024

YOU MUST MENTION NATIVE NATION EVENTS OR THE NATIVE AMERICAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – CANNABIS CONFERENCE TO RECEIVE THE DISCOUNTED RATE!

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Ninth Native American Cannabis and Hemp Conference

June 18-19, 2024

Pechanga Resort Casino - Temecula, CA

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Summit Ballroom C

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Summit Ballroom AB

Justin O'Connor

President | Native Nation Events

8:45 - 9:30 AM

Keynote

Summit Ballroom AB

9:30 - 10:45 AM

The State of Native America Through the Eyes of Tribal Leaders

Summit Ballroom AB

Mark Fox

Chairman | MHA Nation

ROBERT MIGUEL - Chairman of Ak-Chin Indian Community

Robert Miguel

Chairman | Ak-Chin Indian Community

Marcellus W. Osceola Jr.

Chairman | Seminole Tribe of Florida

Russell Attebery

Chairman | Karuk Tribe

Listen as tribal leaders delve into what they believe are the most pressing topics within Native America currently. What, if any, areas have tribes improved on in the last year? What are some current issues that need to be addressed within Native America? How will the upcoming election year affect tribes? Tribal leaders will answer these questions and more, giving an overview of the state of Native America.

10:45 - 11:15 AM

Morning Networking Break

Summit Ballroom C

11:00 - 11:15 AM

Cannabis and Hemp Conference Opening Remarks

Summit Ballroom E

Rohan Sidhu

Design Engineer | LDT Works LLC

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

State of Cannabis and Hemp Industries in 2024

Summit Ballroom E

Jana Simmons - Moderator

Partner | Ropers Majeski

Jamie Azure

Chairman | Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Sonny Elliot Sr.

Chairman | Hopland Band of Pomo Indians

Earl Pendleton

Director of Industrial Hemp Agriculture and Construction | Lower Sioux Indian Community

David Vialpando

Commission Chairman | Pokagon Band Cannabis Regulatory Commission

Over half of Americans live where recreational cannabis is legal, and cannabis sales could reach $53.5 billion in 2024 according to the National Cannabis Industry Association. Moreover, with talks of Cannabis rescheduling, will this be the year of the green wave. If so, how can tribes position themselves at the forefront? Our panel of industry experts will give you the update you need to best position your cannabis/hemp operations.

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

Summit Ballroom C

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Cannabis and Hemp Industries Legislative Update for 2024 - 2025

Summit Ballroom E

Leonika Charging-Davison

Attorney | Cedar Tree Native Law

Jana Simmons

Partner | Ropers Majeski

Tom Rodgers

Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Carlyle Consulting

In 2023, the SAFE Banking Act started making headway within the halls of the Senate. Along with it, President Biden is pushing for federal rescheduling of cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III, potentially opening the door for more tax exemptions possibly as soon as this summer. On a state level, more states in 2023 approved the sale of marijuana, while others are finetuning their previous regulations. What legislative changes should tribes be on the lookout for and how could this year’s presidential election impact the industry?

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

Summit Ballroom C

3:00 - 4:00 PM

The Process of Creating Your Own Cannabis Operation

Summit Ballroom E

John Barthel - Moderator

Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Honest Cannabis

Keith Anderson

Partner | Aim Law

Chris Reid

Head of Sales and Partnerships | Cova Software

Jeremy Hayward

President | Reddding Rancheria Economic Development Corporation

Deciding to create a cannabis operation is only the first step of a long process. A panel of tribal leaders and experts within the industry will explain the steps to creating and operating your farm. From deciding how to manage the business, to determining who to partner with, down to what machinery is needed, these experts will offer insight on how to get your operation up and running. 

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Mastering Cannabis and Hemp Extraction: Navigating Advances, Meeting Demand, and Building Your Own Facility

Summit Ballroom E

Amber Wise, PhD - Moderator

Scientific Director | Medicine Creek Analytics

Rohan Sidhu

Design Engineer | LDT Works LLC

Aaron R. Thomas

Chief Executive Officer | Refined Processes

Extraction plays a pivotal role in crafting a wide array of cannabis and hemp products, spanning from medicinal oils to recreational concentrates. The industry has experienced notable progress in extraction techniques, responding to an increasing demand for top-notch and varied cannabis and hemp-derived products. In this expert panel, you’ll gain valuable insights into the advantages of establishing your own extraction facility, providing an insider’s perspective on the evolving landscape of cannabis and hemp processing.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Summit Ballroom C

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Get Ahead of the Game: Protecting Tribal Investments and Assets By Managing the Inherent Risks in Cannabis

Summit Ballroom E

Jana Simmons - Moderator

Partner | Ropers Majeski

Valerie Taylor

National Cannabis Practice Leader | The Liberty Company Insurance Brokers, Inc.

Joe Nayquonabe

Chief Executive Officer | Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures

Bradley Vanzandt

Executive Director | Pokagon Band Cannabis Regulatory Commission

With the ever-changing landscape of the cannabis industry comes new risks to consider. Panelists will identify these risks and explain how to manage them inside and outside of tribal land to protect investments and shed light on potentially hidden pitfalls. Learn about product liability, worker’s compensation, employers’ liability, and the always-important theft coverage. No matter your role, there are various ways to mitigate and transfer the inherent risks that come with this space. Learn how to evaluate your specific risk tolerance and maximize the protection of your assets, and leave this panel with a toolkit for comprehensive risk reduction and creating a culture of safety and responsible business practices.

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Banking Update: Addressing Concerns Within the Cannabis and Hemp Industries

Summit Ballroom E

John Barthel - Moderator

Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Honest Cannabis

Frankee Hall

Treasurer | Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Jamie Santistevan

Senior Vice President of Risk and Compliance | Native American Bank

Tom Rodgers

Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Carlyle Consulting

Financials within the cannabis and hemp industry, both before and after your operation is built, can be a convoluted and confusing topic. With marijuana up for rescheduling this summer, the possibility of safe banking could be in the near future. Learn from experts within the industry on the best practices for obtaining financing to build your operation, payment processing, and financial reporting to stay out of legal trouble while growing your business.

10:30 - 11:00 AM

Morning Networking Break

Summit Ballroom C

11:00 - 11:45 AM

Medical Cannabis and Hemp In America

Summit Ballroom E

Marjorie Matheson - Moderator

Chief Executive Officer | Qwibil Inc.

Claire Capriola

Clinical Pharmacist | Jamestown Family Health Clinic

Bill Sterud

Chairman | Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Indigenous leaders and medical professionals will explore the rich traditions of cannabis and hemp cultivation and use within Native American communities. They will discuss how these plants have been integral to traditional healing practices for generations, and how modern research is shedding light on their therapeutic potential.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

Summit Ballroom C

12:45 - 1:45 PM

Marketing Indigenous Cannabis: Protecting Your Brand While Reaching Your Audience

Summit Ballroom E

Rob Pero - Moderator

Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association

Zach Wilson

Chief Executive Officer | Waabigwan Mashkiki and White Earth House of Brands

Allesen Skead

Retail Cannabis Manager | The Reef Store by the Lake

Chris Skead

Chief | Wauzhushk Onigum Nation

With the potential consumer base for cannabis constantly evolving and expanding, how can you stand out amongst the many established cannabis operations? What strategies should be implemented in a tumultuous market to ensure sales are constantly growing? How do you leverage your brand identity to win over new customers? Most importantly, how do you protect your brand identity while still reaching your target audience?

1:45 - 2:45 PM

An Exploration of Tribal Dispensaries and Their Popularity

Summit Ballroom E

James Klas - Moderator

Founder and Principal | KlasRobinson Q.E.D.

Mary Jane Oatman

Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer | Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association

Michael Fairbanks

Chairman | White Earth Band of Ojibwe

Edward Smoke

Vice-Chair | Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Cannabis Control Board

Sam Strong

Tribal Secretary | Red Lake Nation

Tribes have been investing in the cannabis industry for years now, with native-owned dispensaries appearing all across the country. Hear why this industry has become so popular with tribes, and what future trends might encourage more dispensaries to open in the future.

2:45 - 3:45 PM

The Best Practices for an Environmentally Conscious Cannabis and Hemp Operation

Summit Ballroom E

Amelia Wright

Cannabis Program Director | California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Josh Holleb

Systems Integration Specialist | Ceres Greenhouse Solutions

Ken Ahmann

Tribal Utility Authority Director | Colusa Indian Community Council

Rohan Sidhu

Design Engineer | LDT Works LLC

Cannabis and the environment intersect on all levels, from building your operation to the methods of growing you use. What are some of the best eco-friendly solutions for heating, cooling, and powering your greenhouses? How is climate change impacting the way cannabis is grown? Listen to our panel of experts as they explore the intersection of cannabis and sustainability. 

3:45 - 4:00 PM

Exhibit Raffle Drawing

Summit Ballroom E

Winners must be present to win

4:00 PM

Native American Cannabis and Hemp Conference Concludes

Ken Ahmann

Tribal Utility Authority Director | Colusa Indian Community Council
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Keith Anderson

Partner | Aim Law
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Russell Attebery

Chairman | Karuk Tribe
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Jamie Azure

Chairman | Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
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John Barthel

Founder & CEO | Honest Cannabis
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Claire Capriola

Clinical Pharmacist | Jamestown Family Health Clinic
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Leonika Charging-Davison

Attorney | Cedar Tree Native Law
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Sonny Elliott Sr.

Chairman | Hopland Band of Pomo Indians
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Michael Fairbanks

Chairman | White Earth Band of Ojibwe
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Mark Fox

Chairman | Three Affiliated Tribes
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Frankee Hall

Tribal Council Treasurer | Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
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Jeremy Hayward

President | Redding Rancheria Economic Development Corporation
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Josh Holleb

Systems Integration Solutions | Ceres Greenhouse Solutions
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Dr. Jacquelyn Amour Jampolsky

Founding Partner | Aim Law
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James Klas

Founder & Principal | Klas Robinson, Q.E.D
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Marjorie Matheson

Executive Director for Economic Development Projects | Puyallup Tribe of Indians
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Robert Miguel

Chairman | Ak-Chin Indian Community
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Joe Nayquonabe

Chief Executive Officer | Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures
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Mary Jane Oatman

Chief Operating Officer | Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association
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Marcellus W. Osceola Jr.

Chairman | Seminole Tribe of Florida
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Earl Pendleton

Director of Industrial Hemp Agriculture and Construction | Lower Sioux Indian Community
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Rob Pero

Founder and CEO | Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association
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Chris Reid

Head of Sales and Partnerships | Cova Software
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One Who Rides His Horse East (Tom Rodgers)

Founder and CEO | Carlyle Constulting
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Jamie Santistevan

Senior Vice President of Risk and Compliance | Native American Bank
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Rohan Sidhu

Design Engineer | LDT Works LLC
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Jana Simmons

Partner | Ropers Majeski
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Allesen Skead

Retail Cannabis Manager | The Reef Store by the Lake
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Chris Skead

Chief | Wauzhushk Onigum Nation
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Edward Smoke

Vice-Chair | Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Cannabis Control Board
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Samuel Strong

Tribal Secretary | Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
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Valerie Taylor

National Cannabis Practice Leader | The Liberty Company Insurance Brokers, Inc.
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Aaron R. Thomas

Chief Executive Officer | Refined Processes
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Bradley VanZandt

Executive Director | Pokagon Band Cannabis Regulatory Commission
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David Vialpando

Commission Chairman | Pokagon Potawatomi Cannabis Regulatory Commission
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Zach Wilson

Chief Executive Officer | Waabigwan Mashkiki & White Earth House of Brands
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Amber Wise, PhD

Scientific Director | Medicine Creek Analytics
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Amelia Wright

Cannabis Program Director | California Department of Fish and Wildlife
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Conference Co-Chair

Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Exhibitors

Media Sponsors

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Tribal Government & Enterprise Representatives

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