How Tanka Fund Supported Native Buffalo Producers in 2020
Tanka Fund’s mission is to restore the buffalo population to Native lands, lives, and economies. In 2020, Native communities were threatened in new ways by the COVID-19 pandemic and all of the challenges that came with it. Even in a hard and unpredictable year, we were able to support Native buffalo producers to start and grow their operations by regranting funds from government and philanthropy.
We will continue sharing details from the buffalo projects and reservations we have supported, but for now, here is our full list of grantees from 2020:
Tatanka Badlands Enterprise – Pine Ridge Reservation, SD – Assisted with corral Panels to build buffalo corral
Wayne and Alex Fredrick – Rosebud Reservation, SD – Assisted with fencing material to start buffalo fence.
Knife Chief Buffalo Project – Pine Ridge Reservation, SD – Secured lease agreement, assistance with land lease payment, and assistance with solar panels for water well.
Black Feather Buffalo Project – Pine Ridge Reservation, SD Secured lease agreement, assistance with land lease payment
Wolakota Buffalo Project – Rosebud Reservation, SD – assisted with money for much needed ATV to be used to check on buffalo
Gerald German – Sissteton Reservation, SD – Fencing material for up keep on fences
Charging Buffalo – Pine Ridge Reservation, SD – Assisted with Squeeze Chute to help with tagging calves and ATV for checking buffalo.
Ekvn-Yefoleov Community Buffalo Project – Maskoke Tribal lands, Alabama – assisted with fencing Material for new buffalo fence
Texas Tribal Buffalo Project – Summerset, TX – assisted with materials for buffalo project