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1701. 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...)



1702. 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...)



1703. 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...)



1704. 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...)



1705. 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

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1706. Jan 30, 2010
Rapid City Mayor declares Oct. 5, 2007, Tanka Bar Day
Linda Crider
Letter from Mayor Alan Hanks: Open PDF (more...)



1707. 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...)



1708. 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...)



1709. 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...)



1710. 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...)



1711. 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...)



1712. 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...)



1713. 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...)



1714. 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...)



1715. 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...)



1716. 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...)



1717. 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...)



1718. 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...)



1719. 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...)



1720. 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...)



1721. 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...)



1722. 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...)



1723. 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...)



1724. Jan 07, 2010
Tanka Spotlight: Lakota Prairie Ranch Resort, Pine Ridge Reservation, Kyle, SD
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
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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...)



1725. 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...)



1726. 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...)



1727. 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...)



1728. 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


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1729. 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...)



1730. 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...)



1731. 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...)



1732. 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...)



1733. 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...)



1734. 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...)



1735. 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...)



1736. 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...)



1737. 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...)



1738. 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...)



1739. 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...)



1740. 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...)



1741. 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...)



1742. 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...)



1743. 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...)



1744. 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...)



1745. 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...)



1746. 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...)



1747. 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...)



1748. 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...)



1749. Nov 24, 2009
Whitney Pourier newest addition to Tanka team
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
The Tanka team would like to welcome the newest addition to our team, Whitney Pourier. Whitney, who works for the Thunder Valley Community Development Corp. as the Youth Leadership Supervisor, will be working in customer service, food preparation and sales (including Tanka Dogs) and assisting with the training of staff in the e-Tanka Cafe (more...)



1750. Nov 20, 2009
Tanka Family Brag Book: Jacey and Morgan make their mom, Tonya, proud
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
We thought we'd do a little bragging about our Tanka family and share some of the photos our team members keep on their desktops, phones and computer screens. We also think the extreme cuteness of our team's children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews merits modeling contracts all around! Look for even more entries from the Tanka Family Brag Book in the next few weeks (more...)



1751. Nov 20, 2009
Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes
our Twitter friends @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.

The disease is the fourth leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives, affecting about 16% of the population (more...)



1752. Nov 18, 2009
Want Native news in N. California? Tanka friend Sal Camarillo can help
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
Sal Camarillo, one of our MySpace friends and a moderator for the Northern California Region Native Events and News Yahoo Group, was nice enough to send us this photo with one of his favorite treats, a Tanka Bar (more...)



1753. Nov 17, 2009
Tanka Family Brag Book: Shawn's kids, Landon, Layla and Lilah, bring the cute
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
We thought we'd do a little bragging about our Tanka family and share some of the photos our team members keep on their desktops, phones and computer screens. We also think the extreme cuteness of our team's children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews merits modeling contracts all around! Look for even more entries from the Tanka Family Brag Book in the next few weeks (more...)



1754. Nov 16, 2009
Tanka Family Brag Book: Myra Lenae and her daddy, Mark
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
We thought we'd do a little bragging about our Tanka family and share some of the photos our team members keep on their desktops, phones and computer screens. We also think the extreme cuteness of our team's children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews merits modeling contracts all around! Look for even more entries from the Tanka Family Brag Book in the next f (more...)



1755. Nov 16, 2009
Tanka Family Brag Book: Braxton and his mommy, Rachel
Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern
We thought we'd do a little bragging about our Tanka family and share some of the photos our team members keep on their desktops, phones and computer screens. We also think the extreme cuteness of our team's children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews merits modeling contracts all around! Look for even more entries from the Tanka Family Brag Book in the next few weeks (more...)



Pictures. Nov 15, 2009
Guess which one ate too much candy?
Lonnie Pourier, photos
Here's two of our little hometown Halloween celebrators, thanks to their grandma Lonnie Pourier. Sienna Lebeaux, 6, and her little brother, Kenyon, 5, reluctantly posed before taking off for their night of trick-or-treating (more...)



Pictures. Nov 12, 2009
Tanka fan Chase Young, 13, plans to be 1st Native American boxer to win Olympic medal
Jason Stover, story, and photos by Thru Our Eyes
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When Georgia McGaa told us that her grandson, Chase Young, a youth boxer who loves Tanka Bars, has set his sights on being the first Native American boxer to win an Olympic medal, we knew we had to share his story (more...)



1758. Nov 09, 2009
Tanka Bar lends a taste of wasna to Native Foods Celebration
Randi Byrd, photos
The University of North Carolina American Indian Center, Chapel Hill, organized its first annual Native Food Celebration Oct. 26 and Tanka Bar was there to help mark the occasion.

Our FaceBook friend Randi Byrd took plenty of pictures of the event and was kind enough to share them with us (more...)



1759. Nov 04, 2009
The Part-Time Blog of a Full-Time Indian: We have to work to make miracles happen
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...)



1760. Nov 02, 2009
Halloween: Still fun for big kids
Mark K. Tilsen, assistant director of marketing
Here are some grown-up trick-or-treaters before their night on the town Saturday. From left to right: Brandon "Doc" Brave Heart, Mark K. Tilsen as a Beer Keg/Tin Man mashup, Adrienne "Adj" Brave Heart as the Cowardly Lion, Kim Tilsen Brave Heart as Dorothy, and Shannon Burnette as the Scarecrow (more...)



1761. Nov 02, 2009
Native American Heritage Month Kick-off event
Deana Wagner, Tanka Facebook friend
Hello,
Just wanted to tell you that the Native Circle student group at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, held our Native American Heritage Month Kick-off event on Friday evening (Oct (more...)



1762. Nov 02, 2009
Yeehaw! Kyle's got a Sister City in Texas
Charmayne Renslow, photos
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Charmayne Renslow of Brighton, CO, passed through Kyle, TX, recently and took some photos for us of the cozy small town that bears the same name as our Kyle, SD (more...)



1763. Oct 29, 2009
Exploring Native American influence on the blues
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. -- The blues are considered to be rooted in the traditions of gospel singing and African-American folk music (more...)



1764. Oct 28, 2009
Snow in October, Kyle, SD
Eric Pourier, photos
There's 15 to 18 inches of snow predicted for the Tanka homeland today. Eric took some photos to share of the mess that's starting to accumulate outside our building. Looks like we're going to shut the office down at 2 p (more...)



1765. Oct 28, 2009
This little Tanka fan melts in your mouth
Karlene Hunter, photo
This is Nisa, granddaughter of Tanka CEO Karlene Hunter. She looks good enough to eat in this Halloween get-up. And just in case no one is giving out tasty goodies on the Rez this year, she's packing some Tanka Bars for the trick-or-treat trail (more...)



1766. Oct 26, 2009
Yakking about buffalo hunting: Mongolian Ambassador visits
Jason Stover, story, and Eric Pourier, video and photos
A delegation from Mongolia visited the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Oct. 22 in search of buffalo and, hopefully, good hunting grounds. This could be the first meeting of a cultural exchang, with some of their hunters coming here to hunt our buffalo and some of our Lakota hunters going to Mongolia (more...)



1767. Oct 22, 2009
A tiny dancer takes a Tanka break
a Myspace friend
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1768. Oct 22, 2009
Canned Tanka: All stocked up for the winter
Heather Erika Wood-Mendoza
One of our Facebook friends, Heather Erika Wood-Mendoza, posted this photo of her pantry shelf, where a jar stuffed full of Tanka Bars sits next to jars full of corn and beans. She says it's her son, Tusweca Taoniye's, "cookie jar (more...)



1769. Oct 16, 2009
Mix ups, mash ups and love locks at Anuga food show in Germany
Mark A. Tilsen, Sr., President, Native American Natural Foods
Note: Mark Tilsen, Sr., just returned from the Anuga food show in Cologne, Germany, where he exhibited Tanka products to buyers from all over Europe. We wanted so share some of the interesting photos and notes he brought back from his trip:

Love locks on a bridge
There is a bridge, called the Hohenzollern Bridge, in Cologne that goes over the Rhine River (more...)



1770. Oct 09, 2009
OK, it's officially winter on the rez
Eric Pourier, photos
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1771. Oct 09, 2009
Navajo Fine Jewelry and Collectibles shows support for Tanka Bar
Susan Foster, photo, and Jason Stover, story
A Tanka retailer and one of our Myspace friends, Susan Foster, director of operations for Navajo Fine Jewelry and Collectibles, took some time recently to take a photo of her crew showing their support for Tanka Bar (more...)



1772. Oct 08, 2009
Kiwi the cat cuddles her Tanka Bar
Tim Wozny
We got this cute photo of Kiwi the cat from one of her staffpersons, Tim Wozny (@WoZ53 on Twitter). Kiwi seems to be pretty close to her Tanka Bar, and woe to anyone who might dare to get between them!

Thanks, Tim, for sharing your photo with us (more...)



1773. Oct 08, 2009
Hanging with our brokers and planning world domination
Jason Stover, story and photos
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Just wanted to tell you about our new brokers who are opening up doors for us in the food industry. Chris Mathewson and Dave Colemere dropped by Tanka HQ this week to meet our team and work on the Tanka 2010 sales strategy (more...)



1774. Oct 07, 2009
The Part-Time Blog of a Full-Time Indian: Resolutions and family reunions
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. An attorney by trade, Gyasi's writing is full of wit, humor and down-to-earth insight (more...)



1775. Oct 07, 2009
BULLETIN: Tanka mascot Kirby injured in line of duty
Mark K. Tilsen, story, and Linda Crider, photo
Kyle, S.D. -- Kirby Tilsen, the lovable Tanka mascot, was wounded while illicitly chasing cars in her family's driveway Sept. 26. According to eyewitness reports, Kirby was bouncing around a moving vehicle, hoping she could beg a ride, when she slipped and fell in the gravel behind a tire (more...)



1776. Oct 06, 2009
Our photo caption contest winner!
Jason Stover
And our lucky winner is (drum roll please) labgrrl@labgrrl.com! She won with the caption. "The family that chews together, poos together" She won a bright yellow Tanka Bar T-shirt along with a Tanka Bar Combo Taster (1 Traditional Tanka Bar and 1 Hot and Spicy Tanka Bar) (more...)



1777. Oct 06, 2009
Are you ready for winter?
Eric Pourier, 'shopping skills
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1778. Oct 02, 2009
German visitors return to Tanka HQ
Jason Stover, story, and Mark K. Tilsen, photos
Dr. Dirk Rohrbach, who hosts a show on the Beryern 3 Radio Network in Germany, brought a group of friends and family by the Tanka HQ this week for a visit. Dr. Rohrback, who takes photos as a hobby, was on Pine Ridge Reservation earlier this summer to interview Karlene Hunter, CEO of Native American Natural Foods for his radio show (more...)



1779. Oct 02, 2009
Photo caption contest! Best caption wins!
Mark K. Tilsen, assistant director of marketing
This photo was taken at a local eatery in Rapid City, S.D., and the inherent humor is hard to miss.

We'd like to imagine exactly what a conversation would be like here?

The best caption wins a free bright and yellow, can-be-seen-from-space Tanka Bar T-shirt in any size the winner chooses and a Tanka Bar Combo Taster (1 Traditional Tanka Bar and 1 Hot and Spicy Tanka Bar) (more...)



1780. Oct 01, 2009
Tanka fuels the Breath of the Dragonfly
Heather Wood-Mendoza, photo
This is one of our true blue Tanka fanatics here. His name is Tusweca Tioniye (tu sweat chah Tee own knee aye) which means The Breath of the Dragonfly. Little Tusweca can spot a Tanka Bar just by the bright yellow wrapper and has his momma pick up some at one of our retailers out in Montana (more...)



1781. Sep 29, 2009
Laying out the master plan for Tanka 2010
Mark K. Tilsen, story, and Linda Crider, photos
A few weeks ago, we held our 2010 sales and marketing planning meeting. To an outsider, this may look akin to watching paint dry, but here ideas are born or dashed, sliced, diced and made into useable plans (more...)



1782. Sep 29, 2009
Friend and blogger shares Tanka goodness with her family
Sherry Jo, photo
Guess who likes Tanka Bars the most? This pic comes by way of Sherri Jo, one of our Facebook friends and an avid food blogger who did a Tanka Bar review and held a contest to win a box of Tanka Bars on her blog (more...)



1783. Sep 25, 2009
Lines more than a foot long for new Subway in Kyle
Eric Pourier, story and photos
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A new Subway sandwich shop opened its doors Sept. 23 to long lines of eager customers in Tanka's hometown of Kyle, S.D. The crowds, who flocked to taste the freshly made subs, welcomed the new franchise (more...)



1784. Sep 25, 2009
Museum-worthy meal: Tanka Bar and a rosemary pine nut tart
Elaine Lunde, photo
This delightful photo was tracked down on Google's new free image editing and sharing software Picasa. Tanka Bar fan Elaine Lunde thought to capture the image of her snack at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Cafe in Washington, D (more...)



1785. Sep 24, 2009
Health and wellness just a few steps a way
Mark K. Tilsen, assistant director of marketing
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The Lakota Funds, a U.S. Treasury-certified Native Community Development Financial Institution based on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, recently hosted a 5K Walk and Run in Tanka's hometown, Kyle, S (more...)



1786. Sep 23, 2009
Prototypes of the Tanka Bar from yesteryear
Mark K. Tilsen, assistant director of marketing
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The photos above are some of the original prototypes of the Tanka Bar from more than four years ago! We saved these creations in the freezer for posterity and to help remind us that often simple is better (more...)



1787. Sep 21, 2009
Our home from different eyes: European journalist's photo journey
Dirk Rohrbach, photos
Journalist, photographer and European world traveler Dirk Rohrbach came to Tanka Headquarters in Kyle, S.D., earlier this summer with his good friend Robbie Romero of Eagle Thunder Entertainment.

Dirk, who is an amazing photographer, also works for Germany's Beryern 3 radio station (more...)



1788. Sep 17, 2009
Land Down Under not so welcoming to Tanka
Mark A. Tilsen Sr., story and photos
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Mark Tilsen Sr., president of Native American Natural Foods, took Tanka products to the Fine Food Australia Food Show, Sept. 7-10, in Sydney. As is the case with all of our international travel, research and marketing, the trip was sponsored by the Intertribal Agriculture Council's American Indian Foods program (more...)



1789. Sep 16, 2009
Lois' Natural Marketplace brings Tanka to The Pine Tree State (Maine)
Lori Burns, Natural Specialty Sales
Lori Burns, one of our great partners at Natural Specialty Sales, sent us this photo today showing a clip strip of delicious Hot and Spicy Tanka Bites hanging at our very first retail location in Maine (more...)



1790. Sep 16, 2009
With my mind on my Tanka and my Tanka on my mind
Nonabah Hill, photo
Nonabah Hill of the Navajo Nation is one of the daughters of comedian Charlie Hill. She, her sister and friend did a Tanka photo shoot for us. We had this cute pic on our myspace for a while and just wanted to share it with all of you (more...)



1791. Sep 14, 2009
Tanka Bar at the Team Huntress weekend
Jason Stover, story
Thanks to our Twitter friends, @TeamHuntress (Jane Keller) and @PheasantPhun (Dave Olsen) for sending this photo composition to celebrate Tanka Bar's support of the latest Team Huntress Outdoor Adventure Clinic in June (more...)



1792. Sep 13, 2009
Twilight the German shepherd is a Tanka fan
a MySpace friend
Thanks to one of our MySpace friends from Portland, OR, for sending us this cute photo of Twilight the German shepherd. Now that's a dog with good taste!

To join us on MySpace: MySpace.com/TankaBar (more...)



1793. Sep 12, 2009
Tanka parades around its Homecoming Queen and King
Jason Stover, story, and Mark Hopkins and Junior Stover, photos
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It's official! A good time was had by all this morning as the Little Wound Mustangs got ready to play the Eagle Butte Braves in Tanka's hometown of Kyle, S (more...)



1794. Sep 10, 2009
Tanka makes new friends at Tree of Life show in Indianapolis
Linda Crider, Director of Marketing and Communications
Our team took the Tanka love on the road to Indianapolis for its second-ever Tree of Life Tabletop food show, Aug. 22 and 23, and came away with a host of new friends as a result.

We so enjoyed meeting the Tree of Life Midwest retailers in person (more...)



1795. Sep 09, 2009
CEO Karlene Hunter featured in Indian Country Today
Linda Crider, Director of Marketing and Communications
In an article in the Opinion section of Indian Country Today, Valerie Taliman makes a convincing case that Native American women entrepreneurs are vital in creating economic development in Indian Country (more...)



1796. Sep 08, 2009
Tanka's mission with these visitors: Welcome good friends
Mark K. Tilsen, story and photos
Recently, we were visited by the Lakota Mission Team, an intrepid group of east coast volunteers based out of Vienna, VA, and the Church of the Good Shepherd. Now these folks are no strangers to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and have been spending a few weeks of the summer out here since 1994 (more...)



1797. Sep 04, 2009
Rare depiction of Crazy Horse created by student attending Crazy Horse K-12 School
Mark K. Tilsen
It is not often that a student creates such a non-traditional characterization of one of the Oglala Lakota's most cherished leaders. Crazy Horse is one of the most respected of all Lakota historical figures, so it's pretty cute seeing someone poke fun at him (more...)



1798. Sep 01, 2009
Buffalo on the hoof fast food style with flavor
Eva
We stumbled across this recent review from the blogger 47whitebuffalo. Not only is the review nice to read, the comments are pretty funny. Thanks a lot, Eva!

Here's an excerpt:
"I can say with all honesty that I wanted another one of these delectable creations from the Pine Ridge Reservation (more...)



1799. Aug 28, 2009
Think there's a market for living, breathing pocket-sized bison?
Jenice Johnson, known as @Jenice78 on Twitter
Thanks to Twitter friend Jenice Johnson (@Jenice78) for drawing our attention to this bizarre rendition of a poodle's "buffalo cut" designed for a recent "creative grooming" show.

In addition to bison, dogs are shown as camels, pandas and even snails (more...)



1800. Aug 27, 2009
MK blogs: Wrapping up trip to the Holy Land
Mark K. Tilsen, assistant director of marketing
Mark K. Tilsen, assistant director of marketing at Native American Natural Foods, went to Israel and Palestine with his 82-year-old grandfather and several other members of his family as part of a peace delegation to the region (more...)