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The grand prize buffalo hide will be on display around the country during the sweepstakes entry period. Check back frequently to find out where we’ll be, learn about upcoming events, and where the winners’ names will be drawn. Or sign up for our e-news and don't miss a thing!

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Outdoor RetailerOutdoor Retailer Winter Market, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 7-10, 2016

The last stop on our buffalo hide tour before the January 31st drawing! We talked with hundreds of outdoor and nature enthusiasts about our historic campaign to return buffalo to Native lands, lives and economies. It’s time to restore buffalo and our natural ecosystems for all of our grandchildren.

BioneersBioneers, San Rafael, CA, October 16-18, 2015

For 25 years, the National Bioneers Conference has connected thousands of people with practical, visionary solutions for humanity's most pressing environmental and social challenges. Tanka Fund will be there this year to engage attendees in our solution-driven campaign to restore buffalo, health and prosperity in Indian Country. More...

National Convenience Store ExpoNational Convenience Store Expo, Las Vegas, NV, October 12-14, 2015

We’ll be sharing a booth with our partners Native American Natural Foods and asking stores to carry TankaFund.Org Jerky to help return buffalo to Native lands, lives and economies. We’ll also be featuring our prize buffalo hide and asking attendees to Support the Return! 

RecordsNeil Young West Coast Rebel Content Tour, October 2-11, 2015

Tanka Fund will be traveling with our prize buffalo hide on the Neil Young and Promise of the Real Tour this October! The tour celebrates the release of Young’s new album, The Monsanto Years. Tanka Fund will be featured in “Neil’s” Village, an educational Eco-Village highlighting regenerative agriculture and sustainability solutions for our time. Come visit Tanka Fund on one of the tour stops!

Tanka Fund ShipperNorthern MN Tribal Economic Development Summit, Red Lake, MN Sept. 21-23, 2015

Tanka Fund will be presenting at thisTribal Economic Summit to share how buffalo restoration can renew healthy lands, healthy people and healthy economies. More about this event.

Natural Products ExpoNatural Products Expo, Baltimore, MD Sept. 16-19, 2015

Tanka Fund and our partner Native American Natural Foods will be sharing a booth at Expo East, the East Coast’s largest natural, organic and health showcase. We'll be sharing the story of the buffalo's loss and return with attendees and building support for bringing buffalo back to Indian Country! 

REI Seattle, NYC and Denver, August 29-September 5, 2015

REI is rolling out the TankaFund.Org Jerky nationally in conjunction with their big annual Labor Day Sale. To help educate and engage customers, we’ll be taking the Tanka Fund prize buffalo hide on the road to REI Flagship Stores in Seattle, NYC and Denver. We’ll be in Seattle August 29-30, NYC September 2-3 and Denver September 5-6. Please come visit our booth if you are in the area and help Support The Return! 

Shakopee Mdewakanton Wacipi (Pow Wow), MN August 14-15, 2015

Come join us at the Shakopee Wacipi near the Twin Cities and visit our Tanka Fund booth! 

Dakota Drum, Rapid City, SD August 5-12, 2015

Dakota Drum is the store owned by Lakota artist Sonja Holy Eagle, the artist who painted the Tanka Fund prize hide! Sonja is featuring the prize hide in her store so that customers have a chance to learn about the Tanka Fund and enter to win! Wopila Tanka, Sonja.

National Cooperative Grocers Convergence, St. Paul, MN July 30, 2015

The Tanka Fund prize hide will be at Convergence, the National Cooperative Grocers (NCG) annual grocery and wellness conference. This year, the NCG is celebrating sustainability. We’ll be discussing buffalo and sustainability in Indian Country with hundreds of co-op members and attendees! 

Neil Young Monsanto Years Tour, July 8-22, 2015

Tanka Fund traveled across the country with the Neil Young Tour to engage music fans in helping return buffalo to Native lands, diets and economies.  We were part of the “Village” – a group of twelve organizations working on solutions to the economic, environmental and food challenges of our time. Special thanks to Neil Young and Lukas and Micah Nelson for this opportunity to garner awareness and support for bringing buffalo back to Indian Country! 

NCAI Mid-Year Conference, St. Paul, MN June 29, 2015

The Tanka Fund will be displaying the Tanka Returns buffalo hide at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 2015 Mid-Year Conference and Marketplace “Nurturing Tribal Resources: Culture, Land & People”. Read more about the NCAI Mid-Year Conference. 

REI Vendor Fair, Seattle, WA June 10, 2015

We’ll be displaying the Tanka Fund prize buffalo hide at this Fair. We’re excited to educate over 1,200 REI Team Members at this event about our campaign to return buffalo to Native lands, diets and economies. Thank you, REI, for supporting the return by adding the TankaFund.Org Jerky to all of your locations!

BALLE Conference, Phoenix, AZ June 10, 2015

Our partners, Native American Natural Foods, will be participating in the opening “Soil is Life” Session of the Conference to talk with attendees about buffalo’s profound impact in regenerating the soil, and how sustainable commercial buffalo production can bring renewed health to American Indian land, people and economies. We’ll be distributing Tanka Fund information to all attendees!

Gathering of Nations Event with Buffalo HideGathering of Nations Pow Wow, Indian Trader’s Market, Albuquerque, NM April 23-24, 2015

We’ll be exhibiting our beautiful hand-painted hide at the Indian Trader’s Market at Gathering of Nations, the largest Pow Wow and Native gathering on the continent! Please stop by, enter to win the sweepstakes to win the hide and try some TankaFund.Org Jerky!

Buffalo Hide at NTLA Conference5th Tribal Land Staff National Conference, Pala, CA March 24-26, 2015

Tanka Fund participated in this important gathering as an exhibitor, presenting our prize buffalo hide and our TankaFund.Org Jerky to tribal land staff nationally!

ONNIT Whole Foods Launch, Austin, TX March 13-16, 2015

ONNIT invited Tanka Fund to participate in their Whole Foods product launch at Whole Foods Austin and featured our prize hide as part of their four day celebration! Read the press advisory here.

Buffalo Hide at Natural Products ExpoNatural Products Expo West, Annaheim, CA, Mar. 5-7, 2015

The Tanka Fund will be displaying the Tanka Returns buffalo hide at the world’s largest natural and organic products tradeshow. Come visit us at the Expo!

Buffalo Hide at North Coast NoshNorth Coast Nosh, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN, Feb. 19, 2015

Tanka Fund has been invited by Sean Sherman, the Sioux Chef, to host a table with our Tanka Returns buffalo hide as part of the Heavy Table North Coast Nosh event. Sherman is working towards opening a restaurant featuring indigenous cuisine. Read more.

Buffalo Hide at Costco MeetingCostco Annual Shareholders Meeting, Bellevue, WA, Jan. 29, 2015

On January 29, more than 1,000 Costco shareholders will get to see the Tanka Returns buffalo hide up close and personal. Tanka Fund was invited to participate after Costco Connection Magazine highlighted Native American Natural Foods and the Tanka Fund in 2014. More about this event.

Buffalo Hide at NCAINational Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 26-31, 2014

The Tanka Returns buffalo hide traveled to the NCAI Annual Convention and Marketplace in Atlanta. This special gathering celebrated the the 70th anniversary of NCAI as a national organization committed to the sovereignty and self-determination of Native Nations. Tanka Fund was honored to be represented at this historic event. More about the NCAI Convention.

Social Ventures Network (SVN) Conference, CT, Oct. 23-26, 2014

Mark Tilsen and Karlene Hunter of Native American Natural Foods are both recipients of the 2011 SVN Innovation Award. In 2014, they went back to tell the story of the Tanka Fund and engage SVN members in returning buffalo to the lands, diets and economies of American Indian people.  Mark and Karlene hosted a Tanka Fund break-out session moderated by Sarah van Gelder of YES! Magazine at the conference. More about the SVN Conference.

Buffalo Hide at Black Hills Pow WowBlack Hills Pow Wow, SD, Oct. 10-12, 2014

The Tanka Returns Campaign and Sweepstakes made its official launch at the 2014 Black Hills Pow Wow. More...

News Stories

Tanka Fund Recipient of Seed Fund Grant from RSF Social Finance

March 24, 2015 | Article by Ellie Lanphier, RSF Social Finance “The four leggeds came before the two leggeds. They are our older brother, we came from them. We call them in our language 'Tatanka,' which means 'He Who Owns Us.'”

The Tanka Fund at the North Coast Nosh

March 2, 2015 | The Tanka Fund table had a long line most of the night at the North Coast Nosh at the Minnesota History Center with Sean Sherman, the Sioux Chef.

Launch of the Tanka Returns Campaign and Sweepstakes

October 2, 2014 | Announcing the launching of a national campaign aimed at raising the profile of the Tanka Fund and the issues it addresses.

High Country News Article: A Bison Boost for Native Economies

July 22, 2014 | Article by Wyatt Orme, High Country News “Buffalo is better for you than skinless chicken,” Karlene Hunter will tell you. “It has more omega-3s than an avocado.”

Tanka Fund Supports Return of Buffalo to Indian Country on National Bison Day

November 2, 2013 marks the second annual observance of National Bison Day. This special day is about more than just a Congressional declaration; this day is about honoring—and celebrating—the importance of the buffalo to our nation and our history.


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