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1701. Apr 22, 2010
Tanka Spotlight Business: JR's Convenience Store, Scottsdale, AZ
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
Since our launch in October 2007, we have been privileged to work with outstanding retail partners. These folks are so passionate about their businesses and their customers, we decided we needed to share their unique stories (more...)



1702. Apr 21, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Cheyenne Batter Bread
Beverly Cox
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1703. Apr 21, 2010
Tanka is handy and on sale at Henry's Market in Costa Mesa, CA
Steve Smith, Natural Specialty Sales
Tanka Bites and Tanka Bars are easy to find in this aisle display at the Henry's Farmers Market in Costa Mesa. And the best part is that Tanka products are on special all through April at every Henry's store!

Henry's Farmers Markets is one of our newest retail partners (more...)



1704. Apr 20, 2010
DIABETES: In her own words: Living with type 1 diabetes
Lifescript, as told to Jennifer Hellwig, MS, RD
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, American Indian and Alaska Native adults are 2.3 times as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes (more...)



1705. Apr 20, 2010
Tanka's in good company at Skagit Valley Co-op in Mt. Vernon, WA
Lori Brandt, Natural Specialty Sales
It's a lot of fun for us Tanka folk to see our products nestled in among products from Natural Foods industry leaders like Thai Kitchen and Simply Organic. So when we received this photo showing off our Tanka Bites at Skagit Valley Food Co-op in Mt (more...)



1706. Apr 20, 2010
A Tanka sur-prize at Dallas student pow wow
Jenice Johnson, photo
A group of dance competitors at Saturday's 12th Annual American Indian Student Pow Wow in Dallas show off some of their prize-winnings -- our new Tanka Wild buffalo-cranberry-wild rice sticks!

The pow wow, hosted by the Dallas (TX) Independent School District American Indian Education Program at Ellis Davis Fieldhouse, featured Gourd Dancing, a performance by Aztec Dancers and a variety of children's games and lessons (more...)



1707. Apr 19, 2010
Gourd Art by Tim Greenhalgh
Tim Greenhalgh, artist and Tanka friend
NOTE: During the recent Natural Products Expo West food show in Anaheim, CA, we met artist Tim Greenhalgh, who uses gourds as his medium and native culture as his inspiration. Tim, who describes himself as a gourdwright, graciously agreed to send us photos so that we could share his beautiful, expressive work with the Tanka community (more...)



1708. Apr 15, 2010
Tanka is in the house at Henry's Market in Burbank, CA
Steve Smith, Natural Specialty Sales
Steve Smith sent us these photos of Tanka Bars and Bites in Henry's Farmers Market in Burbank, CA.

On the aisle (photo at left) or at the checkout (photo at top), buffalo-and-cranberry fans won't have any trouble finding Tanka Bars and Tanka Bites in Burbank (more...)



1709. Apr 14, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Traditional Native produce, meats help make Turquoise Room one of best restaurants in Arizona
Beverly Cox and Martin Jacob
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1710. Apr 14, 2010
Tasty Tanka at Clark's Nutrition in Rancho Mirage, CA
Shelley Lavigne, Natural Specialty Sales
Customers at Clark's Nutrition and Natural Foods Market in Rancho Mirage, CA, get a chance to try a tasty tidbit of Tanka's buffalo goodness. In the photo at top, Clark's positions trays of Tanka Bites and Tanka Bar samples right next to the product on the shelf (more...)



1711. Apr 13, 2010
The search for under-appreciated art: Artists gather for People's Biennial
Jason Stover and Eric Pourier, social networking specialist interns
Native artists from Pine Ridge Reservation gathered Thursday in Kyle, SD, in hopes of having their art chosen for a national exhibit, and Tanka Bar's own Eric Pourier was one of the artist hopefuls who attended the event (more...)



1712. Apr 13, 2010
Big rack 'o Tanka at Henry's Market in Rancho Bernardo, CA
Emily Stephens, Natural Specialty Sales
Many thanks to Emily Stephens for sharing this photo of a big, old rack of Tanka Bars and Tanka Bites at the checkout in Henry's Farmers Market in Rancho Bernardo, CA.

We sure like knowing that Tanka fans won't have any trouble locating their buffalo fix! And the best part is that Tanka products are on special all through April at every Henry's store!

Henry's Farmers Markets is one of our newest retail partners (more...)



1713. Apr 13, 2010
Scoring some Tanka Bars at REI in St. Louis!
Scott Moore, Tanka Facebook friend
Many thanks to our Facebook friend Scott Moore for snapping this shot as he waited in line at the REI in St. Louis, MO. Think all those people are waiting to buy buffalo-n-cranberry goodness? (more...)



1714. Apr 12, 2010
Cherry blossoms and a sunny spring day
Dick Raymond

Lakota Archery pro Dick Raymond contributes stories and photos on the second Monday of every month at TankaBar.com. Dick, who writes under the pen name Grandpa Richard, lives in Washington state (more...)



1715. Apr 12, 2010
Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for March
Jason Stover and Eric Pourier, social networking specialist interns
This monthly feature highlights the top 10 comments from the previous month that made us proud, made us laugh, smile or touched our hearts. Please read on and feel free to leave comments of your own. Pilamaya

03 (more...)



1716. Apr 09, 2010
Tanka Spotlight Business: Getoff's Etcetra Unlimited, El Cajon, CA
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
Since our launch in October 2007, we have been privileged to work with outstanding retail partners. These folks are so passionate about their businesses and their customers, we decided we needed to share their unique stories (more...)



1717. Apr 07, 2010
The Part-Time Blog of a Full-Time Indian: What is a leader's responsibility?
Gyasi Ross, Tanka guest blogger
Published widely in Native American newspapers and websites, Gyasi Ross has kindly volunteered to share his blogs here on TankaBar.com. Look for his writings, The Part-Time Blog of a Full-Time Indian, the first Wednesday of every month (more...)



1718. Apr 06, 2010
DIABETES: 10 Tips to Defeat Diabetes
Shanna Thompson Zareski, Special to Lifescript
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, American Indian and Alaska Native adults are 2.3 times as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes (more...)



1719. Apr 01, 2010
Our first national advertisement hits newsstands today
Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications
Our very first national advertisement hits the stands today in the May issue of Backpacker magazine. We placed the ad as a Thank You for our Editor's Choice award in Backpacker's April 2010 Gear Guide issue (more...)



1720. Mar 31, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Huevos Motulenos
Beverly Cox
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1721. Mar 31, 2010
Tanka Bar in East Greenland during sledge tour
Karl Wilhelm
One our German fans, Karl Wilhelm, took several Tanka Bars with him on a trip to East Greenland recently with a friend and a well-known Inuit guide named Dines Makaelsen. Karl reports that the trip was "hardcore" as the group endured the cold, slept in tents and went ice-fishing (more...)



1722. Mar 29, 2010
Longtime vegetarian now fueled by Tanka!
Peter Stearns, photo
Longtime vegetarian Geoff Stearns, a child advocacy attorney in Santa Barbara, CA, displays his newfound love for eating bison with his 1980 bio-diesel Mercedes. The car, which runs 100 percent on recycled vegetable oil, sports buffalo-loving license plates to go along with Geoff's now-constant promotion of the benefits of Tanka's buffalo products (more...)



1723. Mar 25, 2010
Today's topic: 'Walker, Texas Ranger'
Linda Crider, story, and Anonymous waiter, photo
With the conversation ranging from social networking etiquette to 'Walker, Texas Ranger,' today's mini-tweetup at Tillman's Roadhouse in Dallas was a lot of fun. It was nice to see Twitter friends Jenice and Tosawi (@barkingcomanche), and to introduce them to Mark K (@TankaBar) (more...)



1724. Mar 25, 2010
First Nation artist's farfetched animals stretch the imagination
Kara Briggs, American Indian News Service
NOTE: The National Museum of the American Indian is a Tanka retail partner and offers Tanka products in all of its gift shops and cafes.

Washington, D.C. -- Artist Brian Jungen's oversized animals have invaded the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian for the exhibition "Strange Comfort," which runs through Aug (more...)



1725. Mar 24, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Seco de Carne (Beef stew with a cilantro-based sauce)
Beverly Cox
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1726. Mar 24, 2010
Tanka Wild: Buffalo, cranberry and WILD RICE
Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications
We're so happy to be able to announce that our new Tanka Wild sticks will be available on the TankaBar.com website on FRIDAY!!!

These new buffalo, cranberry and wild rice sticks will be offered in Traditional and Spicy Pepper Blend (more...)



1727. Mar 23, 2010
DIABETES: Screening for Gestational Diabetes
Lifescript
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, American Indian and Alaska Native adults are 2.3 times as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes (more...)



1728. Mar 19, 2010
Expo West 2010 goes Tanka!
Mark K. Tilsen, assistant director of marketing
We're freshly back from the warm sunny days of California, and our Tanka Bar team is reporting from Natural Products Expo West 2010. For us here at Tanka Bar, this is the most influential trade show we attend each year, and we are coming back victorious! When we went to our first Expo West two years ago, we didn't know the names of the distributors, UNFI and Tree of Life/Kehe respectively, and now we do business with them!

As usual, we were in the American Indian Foods booth, which is sponsor (more...)



1729. Mar 18, 2010
Tanka Spotlight Business: Spokane (WA) Paintball Club
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
Since our launch in October 2007, we have been privileged to work with outstanding retail partners. These folks are so passionate about their businesses and their customers, we decided we needed to share their unique stories (more...)



1730. Mar 18, 2010
Who could resist this little face?
Linda Crider, photo
This little guy's name is Hieronymous Rex (no, it really is his name) and he and his mom, Amy, stopped by our booth at the Natural Products Expo West show in Anaheim, CA, on Sunday. Hieronymous is 11 months old and he's teething (more...)



1731. Mar 18, 2010
Grandpa Richard: Cat and mouse game with a Monarch of the woods
Dick Raymond

We want to welcome Lakota Archery pro Dick Raymond as our newest Tanka Bar columnist. Dick, well-known for his ready advice for younger archers and his storytelling style on ArcheryTalk.com and a host of o (more...)



1732. Mar 18, 2010
Mark K. meets drummer from Rage Against the Machine
Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications
Mark K. sneaked away from our booth at Expo West long enough to meat Brad and Selene Wilk of Rage Against the Machine. Brad, the band's drummer, was at the Natural Products show in Anaheim, CA, to exhibit his diabetic-friendly beverage, Olade (more...)



1733. Mar 17, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Papadzules con Mole de Hierbas (Stuffed Tortillas in Pumpkin Seed Sauce)
Beverly Cox
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1734. Mar 16, 2010
Tanka CEO accepts the Cliff Adler 'Heart in Business' Award
Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications
Karlene Hunter, CEO of Native American Natural Foods, received the Cliff Adler "Heart in Business" Award Friday at the Natural Product Expo West show in Anaheim, CA. Pictured with Karlene are (from left) Bruce Nierenberg, president of B (more...)



1735. Mar 10, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Wild-food harvesting company provides 'Aboriginal catering'
Beverly Cox
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1736. Mar 09, 2010
This little archer would be a great Tanka spokesmodel!
Linda Crider, photo
This adorable archer is Cheyenne from Glendale, AZ. Cheyenne was a competitor at the recent Vegas Shoot 2010 archery competition in Las Vegas. She and her mom stopped by our booth to try out some Tanka, and I just couldn't resist asking if she would pose with a Tanka Bar (more...)



1737. Mar 09, 2010
DIABETES: 10 tips to lower blood sugar naturally
Laurie Sanchez, Lifescript Staff Writer
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, American Indian and Alaska Native adults are 2.3 times as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes (more...)



1738. Mar 09, 2010
We're celebrating our first national advertisement
Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications
We will be placing our very first national advertisement in the May issue of Backpacker magazine as a Thank You for our Editor's Choice award in their April 2010 Gear Guide issue.

The support from the outdoor community has been overwhelming, and we are so grateful that our products have been embraced by a group of people who embody our mission here at Native American Natural Foods:

" (more...)



1739. Mar 08, 2010
Powered by Tanka: Hiking the Grand Canyon
Grant Owens
Got this note and picture from Twitter friend Grant Owens (@grantowens):
"I hiked out of the Grand Canyon today w/ a Tanka Bar for energy!"

Thanks for sharing your pic with us, Grant!

To follow Grant on Twitter: @grantowens (more...)



1740. Mar 04, 2010
The Part-Time Blog of a Full-Time Indian: Fatherhood, making this up as I go
Gyasi Ross, Tanka guest blogger
Published widely in Native American newspapers and websites, Gyasi Ross has kindly volunteered to share his blogs here on TankaBar.com. Look for his writings, The Part-Time Blog of a Full-Time Indian, the first Wednesday of every month (more...)



1741. Mar 04, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Mayan Grilled Fish with Recado Colorado
Beverly Cox
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1742. Mar 02, 2010
Chatting with Twitter friend Tosawi Marshall
Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications
It's always a lot of fun when we exhibit at trade shows and our online friends stop by to introduce themselves in person.

Tosawi Marshall, executive director of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Texas, (in photo at right) paid a visit during the Reservation Economic Summit 2010 conference in Las Vegas last week (more...)



1743. Mar 01, 2010
Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for February
Jason Stover and Eric Pourier, social networking specialist interns
This monthly feature highlights the top 10 comments from the previous month that made us proud, made us laugh, smile or touched our hearts. Please read on and feel free to leave comments of your own. Pilamaya

02 (more...)



1744. Feb 25, 2010
Tanka Bar Spotlight Business: Northland Visions, Minneapolis, MN
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
Since our launch in October 2007, we have been privileged to work with outstanding retail partners. These folks are so passionate about their businesses and their customers, we decided we needed to share their unique stories (more...)



1745. Feb 25, 2010
Sweet in sentiment; healthy in nutrition
Kat Robbins, photo
From our Facebook friend, Kat:

"I tasted my first Tanka Bar a few weeks ago. I really liked it! Then I bought a dozen for a homemade Valentine's Day bison-bouquet for my boyfriend. :)" (more...)



1746. Feb 25, 2010
Native American classical composers charting new musical territory
Kara Briggs, American Indian News Service
NOTE: The National Museum of the American Indian is a Tanka retail partner and offers Tanka products in all of its gift shops and cafes.

Washington, D.C. -- In the hush of his Navajo grandfather singing alone in the desert, Raven Chacon finds the subtlety of a single note (more...)



1747. Feb 24, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Cherokee Huckleberry-Honey Cake
Beverly Cox
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1748. Feb 19, 2010
Customer service training day
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
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A training took place at Oglala Lakota College in the Pejuta Haka College Center in Kyle, SD, this week. Pine Ridge Chamber of Commerce President Kymberly Tilsen-Brave Heart conducted the training (more...)



1749. Feb 17, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Mohegan Succotash
Beverly Cox
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1750. Feb 15, 2010
@ SD Gift Show!
Mark K. Tilsen
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For the past three days, we debuted some of our latest products to the buyers, movers and shakers of the South Dakota tourism industry. Our local distributor, Dakota's Best, is now selling all of our Tanka products: Tanka Bars, Bites, Wild, and now even the Tanka Dog in a food service pack as well as two different grocery packs! If you're a West River retailer looking for a distributor of Tanka products, give them a ring (more...)



1751. Feb 10, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: French Tart, Native-Style
Beverly Cox
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1752. Feb 09, 2010
DIABETES: 10 myths busted
Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., Lifescript Nutrition Expert
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, American Indian and Alaska Native adults are 2.3 times as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes (more...)



1753. Feb 08, 2010
Grandpaw Richard: Lasting lessons from the Great Outdoors
Dick Raymond

We want to welcome Lakota Archery pro Dick Raymond as our newest Tanka Bar columnist. Dick, well-known for his ready advice for younger archers and his storytelling style on ArcheryTalk.com and a host of o (more...)



1754. Feb 04, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Hidatsa Stuffed Sugar Pumpkin
Beverly Cox
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1755. Feb 03, 2010
The Part-Time Blog of a Full-Time Indian: Mediocrity is an 'abnormal norm'
Gyasi Ross, Tanka guest blogger
Published widely in Native American newspapers and websites, Gyasi Ross has kindly volunteered to share his blogs here on TankaBar.com. Look for his writings, The Part-Time Blog of a Full-Time Indian, the first Wednesday of every month (more...)



1756. Feb 03, 2010
Documentary about Tanka Bar to show on 24 airlines
Mark K. Tilsen, assistant director of marketing
A new film series, sponsored by the airline consortium Star Alliance and Forbes, which features Native American Natural Foods and four other unexpected and burgeoning new businesses from around the globe has been released (more...)



1757. Feb 02, 2010
Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for January
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
This monthly feature highlights the top 10 comments from the previous month that made us proud, made us laugh, smile or touched our hearts. Please read on and feel free to leave comments of your own. Pilamaya

01 (more...)



1758. Jan 30, 2010
Rapid City Mayor declares Oct. 5, 2007, Tanka Bar Day
Linda Crider
Letter from Mayor Alan Hanks: Open PDF (more...)



1759. Jan 29, 2010
New friendships at Tanka Bar: A learning experience
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
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When I was hired to work for Native American Natural Foods and the Tanka Bar, I knew I was bound to meet new and interesting people. Over the past few months, I was contacted by a teacher/instructor from Mason City, Iowa, named Ted Bieth (more...)



1760. Jan 28, 2010
Tanka Spotlight: The Main Street Market, Rapid City, SD
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
Since our launch in October 2007, we have been privileged to work with outstanding retail partners. These folks are so passionate about their businesses and their customers, we decided we needed to share their unique stories (more...)



1761. Jan 28, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Cherokee Pepper Pot Soup
Beverly Cox
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1762. Jan 28, 2010
Historic photos offer opportunities to research, connect
NMAI E-Newservice
NOTE: The National Museum of the American Indian is a Tanka retail partner and offers Tanka products in all of its gift shops and cafes.

Washington, D.C. -- In the photo archives of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, it is possible to travel through time to the late 1800s, to a fisherman at a Tlingit village, Pueblo people digging clay for pottery, or Brazilian men hunting (more...)



1763. Jan 26, 2010
DIABETES: In his own words: Living with type 2 diabetes
Lifescript, as told to Virginia Mansfield
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, American Indian and Alaska Native adults are 2.3 times as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes (more...)



1764. Jan 26, 2010
Tanka takes on Vegas at SHOT Show 2010
Mark K. Tilsen and Linda Crider, photos
The Tanka team has been on the road the past couple of weeks at a variety of outdoor-focused trade shows. These photos are from SHOT Show 2010 in Las Vegas, NV, Jan. 18-21.

There was a lot of excitement for the Tanka team at the show, including a visit by South Dakota Gov (more...)



1765. Jan 25, 2010
Tanka scores a bullseye at ATA Show in Columbus
Linda Crider, photos
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The Tanka team has been on the road the past couple of weeks at a variety of outdoor-focused trade shows. These photos are from the Archery Trade Association show in Columbus, OH, Jan (more...)



1766. Jan 20, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Andean All Saints' Day Bread (T'ant'a Wawas)
Beverly Cox
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1767. Jan 20, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Oil Camp Cooking
Beverly Cox and Martin Jacob
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1768. Jan 20, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Elk Stew With Acorn Dumplings
Beverly Cox
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1769. Jan 20, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Choctaw Persimmon Pudding
Beverly Cox
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1770. Jan 20, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Buffalo High-energy Bar Goes Gourmet
Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , has agreed to contribute a monthly column and weekly recipes to the TankaBar (more...)



1771. Jan 20, 2010
Spirit of the Harvest: Sweet Corn Soup (Sopa de Elote)
Beverly Cox
Renowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine , contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to TankaBar (more...)



1772. Jan 19, 2010
Governor Rounds stops by Tanka Booth at the Shot Show
Mark K. Tilsen
Tanka Bar has been having a manic month and this week is no exception! We have one of our teams down at the largest firearms trade show in the country. The Shot Show is being held in Las Vegas Nevada and the Governor Mike Rounds of South Dakota stopped by our humble booth (more...)



1773. Jan 12, 2010
DIABETES: What is it?
Lifescript
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, American Indian and Alaska Native adults are 2.3 times as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes (more...)



1774. Jan 11, 2010
'We created Tanka products to battle diabetes and poverty'
Mark Tilsen, Sr., president of Native American Natural Foods

To see a full-size PDF: Letter to Azure Standard

Azure Standard accepted Tanka products for distribution last fall. They asked us to write something for them to put into their upcoming catalog, and the letter above is our response (more...)



1775. Jan 07, 2010
Sundogs in the frigid air over South Dakota this morning
Shawn Braveheart and Eric Pourier, photos
1ST PHOTO: Shawn Brave Heart, a sales and customer care specialist at Tanka Bar, took this wide shot of a sundog out the back door of his home in Kyle, SD, at 7:55 this morning.

2ND PHOTO: Eric Pourier, a social networking specialist intern at Tanka Bar, took this photo of a sundog outside his house near Kyle, SD, about 8:30 this morning (more...)



1776. Jan 07, 2010
Tanka Spotlight: Lakota Prairie Ranch Resort, Pine Ridge Reservation, Kyle, SD
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
NOTE: Place cursor over photos to see captions.

Since our launch in October 2007, we have been privileged to work with outstanding retail partners. These folks are so passionate about their businesses and their customers, we decided we needed to share their unique stories (more...)



1777. Jan 07, 2010
Wild rice adds a great 'bite' to Tanka Wild
Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications
This is the proposed label for our new Tanka Wild sticks, which we're debuting at the Archery Trade Association show in Columbus, OH, Jan. 13-15, and at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 19-22.

It'll be available in stores and on our web site by the end of the month (more...)



1778. Jan 06, 2010
The Part-Time Blog of a Full-Time Indian: Privileges for elders a form of glorified banishment?
Gyasi Ross, Tanka guest blogger
Published widely in Native American newspapers and websites, Gyasi Ross has kindly volunteered to share his blogs here on TankaBar.com. Look for his writings, The Part-Time Blog of a Full-Time Indian, the first Wednesday of every month (more...)



1779. Jan 05, 2010
Nez Perce artist puts her spin on songs of Native jazz pioneer
Kara Briggs, American Indian News Service
NOTE: The National Museum of the American Indian is a Tanka retail partner and offers Tanka products in all of its gift shops and cafes.

Washington, D.C. -- In 1929, a Spokane and Coeur d'Alene Indian vocalist joined Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra to become the breakthrough big-band "girl singer" who opened doors for many who followed (more...)



1780. Jan 04, 2010
Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for December
Jason Stover and Eric Pourier, social networking specialist interns
This monthly feature highlights the top 10 comments from the previous month that made us proud, made us laugh, smile or touched our hearts. Please read on and feel free to leave comments of your own. Pilamaya


12 (more...)



1781. Dec 30, 2009
Still buried in snow: View of the back of Tanka HQ
Eric Pourier, photo
This is a shot of the back of our Headquarters building in Kyle, SD. Brrrr (more...)



1782. Dec 30, 2009
A tribute to Percy E. Sutton: Leader helped bring KILI Radio to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Mark Tilsen, Sr., president of Native American Natural Foods
Percy E. Sutton, who displayed fierce intelligence and exquisite polish in becoming one of the nation's most prominent black political and business leaders, died Saturday, The Associated Press reported (more...)



1783. Dec 29, 2009
Azure Standard adds Tanka products
Linda Crider, Director of Marketing and Communications
Azure Standard Quality Bulk and Natural Foods, which specializes in natural, organic, earth-friendly foods, has added Tanka products to its offerings.

The company, which was started in 1987 in Dufur, OR, delivers directly to customers, buying clubs and retailers by semi truck and UPS (more...)



1784. Dec 29, 2009
DIABETES: Risk factors during pregnancy
Lifescript
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, American Indian and Alaska Native adults are 2.3 times as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes (more...)



1785. Dec 28, 2009
Could be an executive portrait; could be a stick-up
Mark Tilsen, Sr., president of Native American Natural Foods
Email note and photo from Mark Tilsen, Sr., Tanka Bar's president, who lives in a canyon near Rapid City, SD:

"I took a walk though the canyon. It was 5 degrees when I started, and 72 when I finished in front of the fire with a cup of coffee and my Tanka Bar (more...)



1786. Dec 23, 2009
'Native Americans Coming Together Caring for Mother Earth'
Mark K. Tilsen, story, and Amy Sherman, photos
Every December, the Intertribal Agriculture Council hosts a symposium in Las Vegas, NV, for its members. This year, the theme was "Native Americans Coming Together Caring for Mother Earth."

Tanka team members Karlene Janis, operations manager, and Amy Sherman, executive assistant to the president and product/supply specialist, represented Native American Natur (more...)



1787. Dec 22, 2009
Tanka at Whole Foods in Durham, NC
Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications
Whole Foods in Durham, NC, held a Tanka tasting Thursday and Katherine Nilbrink, a demo specialist for Whole Foods , was kind enough to send us this picture of our table. Katherine said the Bars and Bites were well-received during the event (more...)



1788. Dec 21, 2009
A Hot and Spicy taste of Lakota Nation Invitational
Mark K. Tilsen, assistant director of marketing
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This past weekend was busy for us here at Tanka Bar! At the Rapid City (SD) Civic Center, the Lakota Nation Invitational tournament was in full swing and we were on hand sampling out the new Tanka Bar HOT!

LNI is held each year, bringing together the best high school basketball teams (more...)



1789. Dec 17, 2009
Identify the statues and win Tanka prizes!
Mark K. Tilsen and Jason Stover
Mark K. and Jason took these photos were around Rapid City, S.D., yesterday and they feature some really famous folks.

The first person to leave a comment here correctly identifying who each statue represents -- in order from Image 1 to Image 10 -- will be the winner (more...)



1790. Dec 15, 2009
DIABETES: A dietary checklist
Julian Whitaker, M.D., Lifescript Alternative Medicine Expert
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, American Indian and Alaska Native adults are 2.3 times as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes (more...)



1791. Dec 14, 2009
Tanka Bar is making headlines -- even if they're invented!
MySpace friend Ivan the Terrible
Our online friends are always coming up with creative ways to show their support, and we love to share their work.

One of our MySpace friends, Marcello Kills The Enemy (aka Ivan the Terrible), posted this inventive slide show of himself and his nephews to our page at Myspace (more...)



1792. Dec 11, 2009
Tanka Spotlight: Andy's Big Red Caboose, Jerky Junction Co., Truckee, CA
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
Since our launch in October 2007, we have been privileged to work with outstanding retail partners. These folks are so passionate about their businesses and their customers, we decided we needed to share their unique stories (more...)



1793. Dec 08, 2009
Tanka's Mark Sr. stops in Sioux Falls to sample some great food from Twitter friend @SanaaCooks
Mark K. Tilsen, assistant director of marketing
On the way back from a recent business trip, president and co-founder of Native American Natural Foods Mark A. Tilsen Sr. was in need of a good meal in Sioux Falls, SD. Twitter came to the rescue in the form of @sanaaCooks, a local chef whose gourmet eatery provides amazing Mediterranean cuisine (more...)



1794. Dec 07, 2009
Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for November
Mark K. Tilsen, assistant director of marketing
One of the beautiful things about our website is that we proudly display customer comments -- for better or worse -- on a scrolling banner on the top of our very first page.

Some of these comments are short and sweet and others tell a story of how we touch people's lives (more...)



1795. Dec 04, 2009
Original 'Captain America' an 800-year-old Native?
American Indian News Service
NOTE: The National Museum of the American Indian is a Tanka retail partner and offers Tanka products in all of its gift shops and cafes.

Washington, D.C. -- In 1940, two young Jewish Americans who were outraged about Nazi atrocities created a comic-book icon, Captain America (more...)



1796. Dec 04, 2009
Indian National Finals Rodeo sports the Tanka Bar
Mark K. Tilsen, story, and Vonna Victor, photos
Each year, the best Native American cowboys and cowgirls ride to Las Vegas to compete in the Indian National Finals Rodeo. As part of that exciting event, the Miss Indian Rodeo pageant is held every year (more...)



1797. Dec 02, 2009
The Part-Time Blog of a Full-Time Indian: Revered and respected elder, or dusty old codger?
Gyasi Ross, Tanka guest blogger
Published widely in Native American newspapers and websites, Gyasi Ross has kindly volunteered to share his blogs here on TankaBar.com. Look for his writings, The Part-Time Blog of a Full-Time Indian, the first Wednesday of every month (more...)



1798. Dec 01, 2009
Top 5 Steps to Prevent Diabetes
Edward C. Geehr, M.D., LifeScript Chief Medical Officer
Jumping on your bike or going for a jog can do more than just burn calories and boost energy levels. And cutting back on fast food and saying "Yes!" to coffee is more than just a dietary choice. This strange mix of variables can also help you fend off the most common form of diabetes (more...)



1799. Nov 27, 2009
Facebook friends stare down bear with Tanka Bar in their packs
Kyle Kurt Freund, Tanka Facebook friend
We got this great picture and note from one of our Facebook friends, Kyle Kurt Friend:

"Rosa Hires gave my kids and I some Tanka bars this summer for our backpacking trip in Canada. She thought you might be interested in a photo I took of them feasting on these as a reward for hiking to the top of an 800 foot over look of Lake Superior (more...)



1800. Nov 24, 2009
The Tanka team gives thanks
Mark K. Tilsen, assistant director of marketing
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We have few traditions at our office, but the ones we have we like to stick to. Sharing a meal at holidays is one of them.

Our Operations Manager, Karlene Janis, pulled this potluck together and we began our meal in prayer and ended it in laughter (more...)