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The First Tribal-Owned Distillery in the U.S. Is About to Open


August 18, 2020

Washington state’s Chehalis tribe just opened Heritage Distilling at Talking Cedar, the first tribal-owned distillery in the U.S. and the first distillery allowed on Native American land since 1834.

Why did it take so long? Blame the Indian Trade And Intercourse Act signed by President Andrew Jackson in 1834 that banned distilleries on tribal lands.

But the Chehalis tribe had previously run into — and successfully negotiated — issues selling everything from gasoline to cigarettes on their land, along with issues regarding taxation of their casinos. So no surprise that a long and successful lobbying mission by the tribe led to widespread bipartisan support for a repeal of the law, which happened in 2018 — allowing 574 Native American tribes the the right to distill liquor on their lands.


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