It’s the fourth day without rain and finally the soil here is dry enough for planting. Alex White Plume and his grandchildren are putting in the first of his hemp crop. He’s been experimenting with it for nearly two decades. This year, he’ll use plants already started from seed.
…Behind him stands a tipi made from hemp textiles—a testament to the utility of the plant. Wounded Knee Creek rolls lazily past.
…“Hemp is the new buffalo, I say. We used to use all parts of the buffalo in the past,” White Plume says. “Today, we’re going to use all parts of the industrial hemp to make a life toward the future” [Lee Strubinger, “White Plume Plants Hemp in Reservation Despite Lack of State Program,” SDPB Radio, 2019.06.07].