Indigenous Cannabis Association Executive Director advises tribes on pathways into industry


December 22, 2022

When Mary Jane Oatman was seven years old, her grandparents were arrested for growing marijuana on the Nez Pierce Reservation in central Idaho, where the family lived.

"It is a very healing medicine," Oatman said. "When my grandma came home, she talked about it as medicine - I've known that since I was a very little girl."

Oatman spent most of her career in Indian education policy, serving as the youngest president of the National Indian Education Association. In 2010, Oatman was appointed by the Obama administration to serve on the National Advisory Council on Education.


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