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Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Request for Proposals


Last updated 7/12/2021 at 5:15pm

Purpose Statement

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, under the direction of the Tribal Chairman's Office, is seeking a consultant to perform the duties of implementing the Medical Marijuana Project and overseeing the implemention and coordination of the Project. The Consultant will serve as the technical expert in the oversight of the project. This work will start July 2021 through December 31, 2022 with the option to renew until December 31, 2024 at the Tribal Council and employee's discretion.

Potential applicants interested in performing the services described below should submit proposals to the attention of SWO Tribal Chairman's Office; Attn: Lennie Peters, Procurement Manager, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, P.O. Box 509, Agency Village, South Dakota 57262. To be considered, the proposal must be received no later than July 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm via email to [email protected] .

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation is a sovereign and federally recognized Indian Tribe. All proposals must include recognition that contractual agreements and work shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws and courts of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. Irrespective of any language to the contrary in the RFP, subsequent agreements or elsewhere, no right to arbitration of any controversy or claim arising out of or related to the Agreement will be authorized.

A Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Business License will be required before execution of the contract.

Scope of Work

1. A medical marijuana consultant will provide professional services to support the Medical Marijuana Project. The consultant will stay abreast of current best practices; scientifically researched based practices; current medical marijuana practices. Complete weekly/monthly written report as needed to Tribal Chairman and Oversight Committee.

2. More duties as assigned by the Tribal Chairman and oversight committee as agreed upon by employee.

Anticipated Monthly Duties

1. Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Process Draft Medical Marijuana Code for Approval.

The SWO's Contracted Attorney prepared and submitted a Draft Medical Marijuana Code to Tribal Council, which should go through the following channels before being released to the community for public input and revision; Tribal Council and Executives, District Chairman's Association, In-House Attorney.

a. Review the Draft Medical Marijuana Code (further referred to as draft code), meet and discuss with Contracted Attorney and make recommendations for revision;

b. Present draft code and solicit input from Tribal Chairman, Vice Chair, Secretary and Tribal Council.

c. Gather recommended revisions from Tribal Chairman, Vice Chair, Secretary and Tribal Council and submit these recommendations to Contracted Attorney.

d. Present Draft Medical Marijuana Code to District Chairmen's Association, solicit input and submit these recommendations to Contracted Attorney.

e. After all recommendations have been sought from leadership, collaborate with In-House Attorney and Contracted Attorney to prepare a second draft for public comment.

f. Plan and execute submission of the second draft to the community as well as a mechanism for receiving comment and possible revisions.

g. Collaborate with In-House Attorney and Contracted Attorney to prepare a final draft for presentation to Tribal Council.

h. Host a round table meeting with Tribal Council and Executives for a final read and discussion, with In-House Attorney and Contracted Attorney present, either in person or by phone/virtual meeting.

i. Present Final Draft Medical Marijuana Code to Tribal Council for approval, then work with In-House Attorney 1 for release to the public.

GOAL 2: Develop an Oversight Commission.

For a minimum of six months, but no more than twelve months from the date the Medical Marijuana Code is approved, Tribal Council members will serve as the temporary oversight commission. A Chairman and Vice-Chairman will be selected by Tribal Council. Having Tribal Council serve as a temporary oversight commission allows the employee to develop and select a more permanent oversight commission. Tribal Council members will be eligible to apply to sit on the oversight commission, but will be subject to all application and selection criterion.

a. Write and present a resolution to Tribal Council that appoints them as the temporary oversight committee.

b. Create policy, procedure, length of term, qualifications for commission members, compensation, and all other necessary documents and procedures which coincide with South Dakota law.

c. Create an application process for individuals wishing to serve on the oversight commission, and remit application forms to the public.

d. Present all materials to Tribal Council for approval.

e. Develop a process in which oversight commissions members are selected, either using an existing body in the tribal structure or by creating a temporary one for the sole purpose of seating the oversight commission.

f. Develop a budget to support the oversight commission, and collaborate with the Tribal Chairman, Vice Chair and Secretary to identify a funding source.

g. Oversee the appointment of the oversight commission.

GOAL 3: Develop a Licensing System.

The SWO will license individuals, both tribal members and non-tribal members to use marijuana for medical use. Individuals will be a Medical Marijuana license that complies with South Dakota laws, and possibly North Dakota laws. There may be a temporary process put in place which can be further developed into a more permanent structure at a later time.

a. Create a temporary licensing procedure and application process, using materials available.

b. Present temporary licensing procedure to temporary oversight commission for approval.

c. Procure computers including software, card printers, camera, and any other equipment needed to create a license card for individuals.

d. Develop an application system, as well as a database and filing system for all materials related to licensing for medical marijuana use.

e. Develop a system of self-certification for any or all diseases and symptoms for any physical or mental health disorder in which marijuana will be used to ease symptoms. This may be an online service.

f. Develop a waiver of liability document in which individuals can be informed of their rights, possible risks, possible side effects, possible conditions that may develop which releases the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate from liability from lawsuit.

g. Identify a space in which a large office, waiting area, computer lab can be set up for individuals to complete application materials and receive a card.

h. Create a budget and collaborate with the Tribal Chairman, Vice Chair and Secretary to identify a funding source.

i. Create a written process along with associated fees; after approval from Tribal Council, submit this to any and all media outlets for publication.

j. Train local Law Enforcement Officers on the licensing process as needed.

GOAL 4: Develop a business plan for a Medical Marijuana greenhouse, dispensary or dispensaries, co-op, processing facility, etc.

Developing a medical marijuana business can be a lucrative venture for the SWO, both socially and economically. To grow, process and sell medical marijuana not only allows community members to buy locally but can stimulate the local economy and provide profit to the SWO.

a. Collaborate with the Planning Department, Reservation Planning Commission and Tribal Chairman in the development of a business plan.

b. Identify space, along with all associated costs both initial and monthly for a dispensary or dispensaries.

c. Present business plan, budgets, estimated costs to RPC, DCA and finally Tribal Council for approval.

d. Develop a department structure complete with a budget, position descriptions, and any other processes, policies, and documents necessary for the success of the venture.


Goal 1; all objectives should be met no later than 30 days after the start of the contract. A special meeting of Tribal Council can be called to accommodate meeting this goal.

Goal 2; item A should be completed no later than 30 days after the start of the contract. Items B and C within 6 months, item D within 9 months and items E,F and G within 11 months of the start of the contract.

Goal 3; items A, B and E should be met no later than 30 days after the stgart of the contract. Items C,D, F-G should be completed within 6 months from the start of the contract.

Goal 4; all items will be completed within 12 months from the beginning of the contract.


1. Bachelor's degree is required. Business, biology or management is preferred.

2. Minimum of three years experience working in a medical marijuana business or comparable project development.

3. Knowledge of medical marijuana resources on and off the reservation.

4. Must possess knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office Suite programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher and Outlook).

5. Must be able to work independently and be able to complete projects and tasks per deadline.

6. Must possess excellent communication skills

7. Must possess excellent organizational skills.

Applicants must submit the following as a part of their proposal:

1. Resume of professional credentials, experience, and expertise.

2. Cover letter or Statement of Intent.

3. Detailed Scope of Work plan according to monthly tasks.

4. Two signed references that highlight the applicant's ability to perform the scope of work.

5. Incremental payment schedule that is based on completion of deliverables delineated in the work plan.

Required Documentation:

1. Able to pass background check.

2. Ability to secure a SWO Business License.

3. The laws, policies and courts of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation shall govern proposal, contract(s) and work.

All interested parties acknowledge that any Agreement executed and performed within the Tribe's exclusive jurisdiction is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Tribal Court of Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation. All interested parties acknowledge that they must comply with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Ordinances: TERO Chapter 59 Requirements, Wage Rates & Compliance Plan; Business License Ordinance Chapter 53 and Tax Ordinance Chapter 67; and Chapter 75 Sex Offender Registration.


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