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Distilling on Tribal Lands makes for a Stronger Economy

Gin Distillery Room

In 1834 a federal law was enacted under Andrew Jackson, making it illegal for anyone to set up a distillery on a tribal land. This law was put into place as a peace making effort, and it remained active until December 2018 when Congress and the president finally repealed it. Squashing this obstacle, which prevented Native Americans from distilling, created freedom, equality, as well as a better economy. In the past, Native American populations had struggled with high unemployment, but the craft spirits industry has increased job opportunities by nearly 50 percent recently. In the past two years, more than 14,000 jobs were created by breweries, wineries, and distilleries, making a stronger economy across the nation, including on tribal lands.