Help us return one million acres of Native lands to buffalo to restore the health and prosperity of Native communities.

We're raising $50,000 to restore buffalo to Native lands, lives, and economies.
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Native communities hold the solutions to the challenges we face.

This November, help Tanka Fund support the return of buffalo to Native lands, lives, and economies through:

  • Grants to increase access to capital for Native buffalo caretakers
  • The Tanka Resilient Agriculture Cooperative, a model for Native ranchers to build economic power and learn regenerative agriculture practices
Two Native men stand on a plain and point to a herd of buffalo.

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The Return of Healthy Lands

Buffalo and the prairie ecosystem exist in a symbiotic relationship. Together, they once operated as the largest carbon reduction system in North America. At one time, more than 10,000 plant species were part of the prairie ecosystem. Today, only 1-3% of virgin prairie, the original grasslands, remains in America. Much of this land is on reservations. As a keystone species, buffalo play an important role in protecting and regenerating the endangered prairie.

The Return of Healthy Economies

On most reservations, dollars leave the community instead of circulating locally. The most recent national data compiled by Village Earth states that “the total value of agricultural commodities produced on Native American Reservations in 2007 totaled over $2.1 billion dollars, yet, only 16% of that income went to Native American farmers and ranchers." We can develop local economies on reservations by using buffalo as a source for local food and to export to the natural food industry.

The Return of Healthy Lives

Reintroducing buffalo into the diets of Native people is an important step toward achieving cultural and physical healing and wellness in Native communities. A return to an Indigenous diet has the potential to reverse the epidemic of diet related disease that plagues Native communities today. The revitalization of buffalo is an essential part of decolonizing our diets and our food systems.

You can be part of the solution.

Help us support Native buffalo caretakers through our grant programs and Tanka Resilient Agriculture.

Regranting

Our regranting program is a strategy to increase access to capital for Native buffalo caretakers. We provide funding to ranchers for planning, operations, and sustainability. Tanka Fund helps Native caretakers leverage our funding to access additional resources, such as those available from the USDA.

Tanka Resilient Agriculture

We are launching Tanka Resilient Agriculture to provide hands-on training to Native ranchers and add value to their herds. People across the country will be able to invest in the cooperative to support Native buffalo caretakers and regenerative agriculture.

Thanks to our partners and supporters: