News and Events

Learn about upcoming Tanka Fund events and exciting news of the return!

KeithSecolaDream of Wild Health Indigenous Foods Gathering, Minneapolis, MN, October 2017

Tanka Fund joined Dream of Wild Health and others working to restore Indigenous food systems at a special gathering at the Minneapolis Indian Center to celebrate and taste local Native foods. Legendary musician Keith Secola joined us at the Tanka Fund booth!


RoanokeRoanoke Natural Foods Coop, Buffalo Round-Up, Roanoke, Virginia, October 2017

Two Roanoke Coops held a month-long Buffalo Round-Up! Customers rounded up their purchase at the cash register to benefit Tanka Fund. The Coops engaged customers in supporting the buffalo’s return at a special community event and through in-store education all month!

SeedsofhealthSeeds of Native Health Native Nutrition Conference, Mystic Lake Casino, MN, September 2017

Tanka Fund was honored to participate in the second annual Native American Nutrition Conference, a convening to address and work to solve health inequities and diet related disease in Native communities, co-sponsored by Seeds of Native Health, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and University of Minnesota’s Healthy Foods Healthy Lives Institute.

International Bison ConferenceInternational Bison Conference, Big Sky, Montana, July, 2017

Tanka Fund presented on a panel the closing day of this international conference, which brought buffalo ranchers from across the continent together to share, learn and develop best practices for developing buffalo herds. We spoke to the need to provide resources and training to Native ranchers to ensure Native participation in the growing buffalo market. More than 600 people attended the panel!

National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) ConvergenceNational Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) Convergence, St. Paul, MN, June 2017

NCGA offered Tanka Fund a sponsorship and workshop at their annual convergence of food coops around the country. We presented on the benefits of buffalo restoration and how buffalo regenerate soil, the grasslands and Native lives. And, we asked Coops to support the return by hosting a Buffalo Round-Up (asking their members to round-up at the register) for Tanka Fund.

Expo West, AnaheimExpo West, Anaheim, CA, March 2017

Tanka Fund joined Native American Natural Foods at Expo West, the largest natural foods show in the country, to educate retailers and customers about the environmental, dietary and economic benefits of Native buffalo restoration.


Mississippi Market Natural Foods CoopMississippi Market Natural Foods Coop, Buffalo Round-Up, St. Paul, MN, January 2017

Mississippi Market hosted a Buffalo Round-Up during the month of January as part of their Positive Change program. Educational events were held at all three of their stores. The Round-Up raised more than $10,000 for Tanka Fund!


News Stories

Tanka Fund – Eighth Generation Buffalo Honor Blanket

November 2017: Eighth Generation, the first Native company to produce authentic Native designed wool blankets, collaborated with Tanka Fund to create a special buffalo honor blanket to benefit the work of the Fund. Named “The Return,” this blanket can be yours with a gift of $200.

Tanka Fund Launches “Buffalo Round-Up” Campaign at National Cooperative Grocers Association

July 2017: Tanka Fund launched a national Buffalo Round-Up Campaign at a convening of food coops from across the country sponsored by the National Cooperative Grocers Association.

Tanka Fund is recipient of Positive Change at Mississippi Market Food Coops

January 2017: Mississippi Market Natural Food Coop conducted a month long round-up at the register to benefit Tanka Fund as part of their Positive Change program, raising more than $10,000 for the return!

Tanka Fund Launches Its Grant-Making Program

November 2016: Tanka Fund launched its grant making program with grants to two South Dakota Native buffalo projects: Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Society on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Big Springs Bison on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation. The grants provided important funding for land and infrastructure to allow these projects to grow sustainable buffalo herds on reservation lands.