Native American tribes have long been associated with the production and sale of conventional cigarettes, which can contribute significant and vital revenue on tribal reservations. Now, in a modern twist, a few groups are moving into the electronic cigarette business, some buoyed by tax advantages – while many tribes remain sceptical at best.
Among those moving into the vapour trade, the Meskwaki tribe of Iowa plans to start producing its own line of e-liquid at its Big River Trading Co. factory this summer.
The tribe already sells vaping products – currently produced by an outside manufacturer – to casinos and various tribal- and non-tribal-owned wholesalers in seven states.
In neighbouring Nebraska, a business subsidiary owned by the Winnebago tribe’s Ho-Chunk Inc. economic development wing is partnering with an outside company to produce a line of e-liquids.