The Ute Native American Tribe has launched a company to produce a wide range of hemp-based products, according to an announcement this week.
The tribe’s business committee said the new company, Ute Hemp LLC, will produce custom herbal formulations that combine traditional Ute plants with hemp-derived cannabis, planting seeds and a range of products from the hemp stalk.
“We have built a sustainable long-term company with room to grow and have developed a solid foundation for success,” said Sean Chabus, chair of the committee.
The Utah-based tribe said it has plans to develop supply chains for dedicated full-spectrum and broad-spectrum herbal products that combine traditional Ute plants, roots and resins with CBD and CBG, and to produce seeds, grains, and fiber-based products — hemp fabrics, quilts and pillows, ropes, hemp concrete lumber, sawdust, animal beds, and horse supplies.
The committee said all products for human consumption are compliant under U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration guidelines.
The startup, 100% owned by the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, is the tribe’s first venture into the cannabis plant.
Native Workplace, a nonprofit owned by Native Americans, helped develop a new company. Luminary Medicine, based in Wisconsin, developed formulas for cannabis products.
The Ute tribe consists of three groups of Native Americans who inhabit the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in northeastern Utah: the Whiteriver Band, Uncompahgre Band, and Uintah Band. Tribal membership is more than 3000, more than half of them live in the reserve.
The tribe administers its own tribal government and oversees approximately 1.3 million acres of trust land that contains significant deposits of oil and gas.