Tanka Returns is a national campaign that allows you to support buffalo restoration on American Indian reservations. Restoring buffalo results in:
When you help return buffalo to American Indian people, you are helping create a sustainable future for your grandchildren and ours alike. Please join us!
Imagine one million acres of land returned to buffalo. Imagine the return of thousands of native plant and animal species whose lives depend on this keystone species. Imagine the return of a healthy local food system and physical wellness in Native communities. And image a shift from poverty to prosperity through meaningful employment caring for the land and the buffalo.
The Tanka Fund is focused on returning one million acres of land to buffalo production and bringing this vision of renewed health to life. But we can’t do this alone. We need your help.
The buffalo market is growing exponentially and demand for buffalo meat is soaring. Native people can’t participate in this growing market because Native buffalo producers and would-be producers lack access to land, bison, capital and training.
That’s where Tanka Fund comes in. We develop the assets needed to sustainably expand existing Native buffalo herds and successfully bring new Native buffalo producers into the market. And, we educate the public about the benefits of buffalo restoration to build a strong base of support for the return.
Your donation will allow a buffalo-based economy to once again thrive on Indian lands. Please join us.
Be Part of History. Support the Return!
The Tanka Fund was created through a partnership between Native American Natural Foods (NANF) and Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) to provide a broad base of support for efforts to return buffalo to the lands, diets and economies of American Indian people. The Tanka Fund was founded in January of 2012.
Over the next ten years, the Tanka Fund’s goal is to convert 1 million acres of land to buffalo production so that tribal nations, their members and reservation lands all benefit from the return of the buffalo.
Native American Natural Foods (NANF) is a small, Native-owned natural foods company with a big vision. Based on the Pine Ridge Reservation in Kyle South Dakota, NANF produces the popular Tanka Bar line of buffalo-based food products, sold in co-ops and natural foods stores throughout the U.S. including Whole Foods, Costco and REI. As a successful, Native-owned and operated reservation-based business, NANF is a shining example of how the return of buffalo to American Indian communities can have a positive economic impact. But for NANF, producing and selling Tanka products goes way beyond the bottom line; it represents a return to a traditional Native diet and healthy, sustainable way of life.
Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) is the only national organization focused on the recovery, control and management of American Indian land by Indian people. Through grantmaking, special initiatives and strategic partnerships, ILTF invests in innovative solutions that support the sovereignty of Indian nations and ensure Indian control of Indian land and resources. ILTF believes that buffalo ranching represents a unique opportunity for Indian people to derive economic, cultural and environmental benefit from the their lands.
Thanks to Positive Exposures for their incredible photographs of buffalo and to photos.com for the people shots.
When buffalo live on the grasslands, the prairie becomes reborn. Plant diversity and predators come back; the prairie comes to life.
Mark Tilsen, President,
Native American Natural Foods