After just four months operating, the Elko Band Colony of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone is plowing its cannabusiness profits back into the community to improve the quality of life for tribal citizens and provide financial savings for Elko County.
“We wish to be good neighbors to the City of Elko, Nevada, 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.”
Seven local projects undertaken
Opened on April 18 amid the COVID-19 global health crisis, Newe Cannabis has identified seven key community initiatives in which 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 – assist with funerary costs 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.
The Tribe ‘has reinvested in its people’
“As a parent of four school aged children on the Elko Band