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Hear from Native Youth: Tanka Fund Panel Discussion

Hear from Native Youth: Tanka Fund Panel Discussion

Join a panel discussion of Native youth on October 26 at 6 p.m. Mountain time, live on our Tanka Fund Facebook page. They will discuss the importance of buffalo to the land and lives of the communities in which they live.
Photo of Ava next to a buffalo.

My name is Ava and I live in Peever, SD. I attend Tiospa Zina tribal school. I’m enrolled in the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. I am the oldest of 4 children. I enjoying going and participating in rodeos. I also like spending time with family and friends. I help my grandpa with daily chores with the horses, buffalo, cows, and everything else in between on our family ranch.

Photo of Jules walking next to a horse.

My Lakota name is Wolf Walks Alone (Isnala Mani Shunga Manitu Tanka) and my English name is Jules. I am a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and a senior at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation. I live near Wounded Knee, SD. I have been interested in wildlife, hunting and fishing as long as I can remember. I harvested my first buffalo last fall. I play a lot of sports that include football, basketball, track and rodeo. I hope to work with buffalo when I am older and be a wildlife conservation officer for the tribe.

Photo of Echo leaning against a wall.

Echo Ecoffey, my Lakota name is Mahpiya Waste Wi, Pretty Cloud Woman. I am a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and I am in my last year of pre-vet/animal science major at Chadron State College. I am from Wounded Knee, SD on the Pine Ridge Reservation. I would like to eventually become a veterinarian and work with horses and buffalo. I have been around buffalo my entire life and am doing my capstone undergrad project on bison and brucellosis. I have worked on a soil and vegetation project for Tanka Fund this last summer as in intern and really enjoyed being out in the buffalo pastures. I like to ride and train horses and spend time with my family in my spare time.

Portrait of Tierra sitting outdoors.

Lakxotiyapi Olowan Gluha Mani Win emaciyapi nahan wasicuya Tierra Baird emaciyapi. Oglala na Sicangu Lakxota na Dine hemacha. Mila Yatan Pika tiospaye na Mahpiya Maza tiospaye na Garnenez tiospaye ematanhan.

I am studying Land Systems in the Earth Systems Program. I am interested in the conservation of traditional ecological knowledge pertaining to grassland and prairie ecosystems, food and land sovereignty, preservation of traditional harvesting and planting, buffalo reintegration, and learning both Lakxotiyapi and Dine Bizaad. While at Stanford, I have worked both on the Stanford farm and the Native Plants Garden that is in partnership with the Muwekma Ohlone, in addition to working on the Stanford Powwow for the three years. This past summer, I worked in my home community on an initiative called Mahpiya Luta Food Sovereignty with Red Cloud Indian School to bring harvests from the garden and greenhouse to the plates in the school cafeteria.