ELKO, Nev. – After just four months operating Newe Cannabis, the Elko Band Colony of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone is reinvesting its profits to improve the quality of life for not just its tribal citizens, but is also providing financial savings for Elko County.
“We wish to be good neighbors to the City of Elko and to do our part in building a prosperous community with our Tribal business, Newe Cannabis,” said Davis Gonzales, Chairman of the Elko Band Council. “We plan to use our profits to provide critical resources and enhance the health, safety and quality of life for all.”
Opened on April 18 during the COVID-19 global health crisis, Newe Cannabis has identified seven key initiatives to share its prosperity including:
Purchasing, distributing food for Tribal elders Purchasing, distributing personal protection equipment for all Tribal citizens Hiring an additional Tribal law enforcement officer Creating 17, $5,000 college scholarships for Elko Band Colony students Buying computers for all Elko Band Colony students Purchasing internet access via hot spots for all 350 homes located on the Elko Band Council Tribal lands Burial Requests – assisting with costs associated with burial of tribal members
As the Elko County School Board recently voted unanimously to implement only distance learning to help guard against the spread of the coronavirus, federal funding or the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund are being utilized throughout the state to purchase wi-fi hotspots for students who need access, especially in underserved communities. Many school districts are also purchasing this year’s most crucial back-to-school supplies: a laptop and access to Wi-Fi. With school pushed back until Sept. 8, the Elko Band Council will purchase these necessities for its students.
“As a parent of four school aged children on the Elko Band