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201. Jul 13, 2016
Tanka family members visit headquarters
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
John and Faye (our business manager, Dawn Sherman's parents) found the time recently to stop in and pay us a visit. Along with his daughter, Nicky Michael, and kids. I thought they could use a snack so I served them an Apple Orange Peel Stick and some Tanka Bites (more...)



203. Jul 11, 2016
Tanka a source of connection across miles, people
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Over the year our friend Waylon Pahona, an athlete and personal trainer as well as the founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives, has traveled sharing Tanka products and a healthy message to communities (more...)



206. Jul 05, 2016
Find Tanka at Plum Market in the Detroit Metropolitan Airport
the Tanka Team
Our president, Mark Tilsen, spotted our yummy Tanka Bars at Plum Market's store in the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Very cool. Thumbs up to an awesome company!

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208. Jun 23, 2016
Healthy Active Natives: Cultural pride
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing
We get weekly motivational posts from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives. Here is this week's!

The greatest blessing in life is our culture (more...)



211. Jun 07, 2016
Healthy Active Natives: Believe in yourself
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing
We get weekly motivational posts from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives. Here is this week's!

In order for you to want to do something great it takes brain power (more...)



214. Jun 03, 2016
"Great snack on the trail or at work"
Nathaniel Red Owl, Customer Service
05.01.16 You. By Eric from La Habra

Love it.

05.07.16 Wonderful Tanka Bars By Anne from CANOGA PARK

Thank you for your contribution to our healthy habits by creating all natural and wholesome snacks that taste awesome! Please make Tank Bars accessible to every Americans living in Turtle Island (more...)



215. May 25, 2016
Tanka family member graduates, receives Gates Millennium Scholarship
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing
We want to congratulate our production manager Tonya Hunter and her family on the graduation of her daughter, Morgan Mesteth (pictured on the left), from Little Wound School. Last year she was chosen out of 100 students to be a LEDA Scholar at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ (more...)



216. May 24, 2016
Tanka among healthy choices in local school vending machine
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing
Students in Little Wound School in Kyle, SD, on our reservation worked together to raise funds to have a healthier vending machine for better snack options. Our Tanka products can now be found in their snack machine as a much better alternative to junk food (more...)



219. May 23, 2016
Motivational Monday: Don't be afraid to take chances
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing
On Mondays we plan to bring you a motivational post from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives.

"The creator has blessed us all with gifts we are all born with different traits that make us unique (more...)



222. May 17, 2016
Healthy Active Natives: Walking for healthier Native Nations
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing
We get weekly motivational posts from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives. Here is this week's!

"On May 13, 2016 the Ute Mountain and Southern Ute Joined together and walked 19 miles from Colorado to the Four Corners Monument to join with neighboring tribes from New Mexico, Arizona and Utah (more...)



225. May 11, 2016
Healthy Active Natives: Strength is in the mind
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing
We get weekly motivational posts from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives. Here is this week's!

Strength does not come from being physically fit (more...)



228. May 05, 2016
"Your products are delicious and healthy"
Nathaniel Red Owl, Customer Service
04.01.16 Buffalo w/ Cranberry Bites - Yum! By Denise from Marina del Rey

My husband (the meat eater) assays, "yum yum yum yum yum! He loves it! (I bet he is part Indian. :-)

04.03.16 First time Tanka Bar tryer By Sandy from Burnsville

My new nutritionist recommended these to help regulate my blood sugars (more...)



229. May 04, 2016
Tanka CEO featured in Kiplinger's business magazine as small-business success story
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing
Tanka CEO Karlene Hunter was featured in the Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Read the entire article here: Small-Business Success Story: Native American Natural Foods Inc. (more...)



232. May 04, 2016
Native American Natural Foods keeps growing with Tanka Bar
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing
Our Tanka president Mark Tilsen was interviewed for the Rapid City Journal for a recent article about the brand launching the new Tanka Bar Jalapeno and Tanka Trail products.

Read more here: Native American Natural Foods keeps growing with Tanka Bar (more...)



234. May 04, 2016
Healthy Active Natives: Make waves in life
the Tanka Team
We get weekly motivational posts from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives. Here is this week's!

We all can make waves in life and have those ripples pass from generation to generation (more...)



236. Apr 27, 2016
Important announcement from the president of Native American Natural Foods
Mark A. Tilsen, Sr., President, Native American Natural Foods
Connect with us
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Be our friend on MYSPACE

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238. Apr 25, 2016
Whole Foods staffer keeps on rockin' with new Tanka hat at recent meeting
the Tanka Team
Pictured above is Jenna Gelgand, senior administrator for Whole Foods' Local Producer Loan Program, at a recent meeting with Tanka President Mark Tilsen in Austin, TX. Mark gave her one of our sweet trucker hats which she is wearing in the photo (more...)



240. Apr 22, 2016
Native award-winning musician and actor spends time with Tanka team
Kevin Fraser, Costumer Service Rep
Gary Davis, Native American entrepreneur, actor and author, make a surprise visit to the Tanka Bar headquarters this week in Kyle, S.D. He was there to take a tour of the building and meet up with his friend, our CEO, Karlene Hunter (more...)



242. Apr 13, 2016
Healthy Active Natives with Waylon Pahona: Love yourself
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing
We get weekly motivational posts from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives. Here is this week's!


"Live the life you love, love the life you live! Love yourself and always know you have a purpose in life to do things with no limitations!" (more...)



245. Apr 07, 2016
Tanka broker shares moments from University of Virginia Pow Wow
the Tanka team
One of our amazing broker partners, Gray Parson of National Sales Associates, is part of this drum group that recently played at the University of Virginia Pow Wow. He sent us the video above of the drum and the photos that follow below (more...)



247. Apr 04, 2016
Motivational Monday: Stay positive
the Tanka team
Every Monday we plan to bring you a motivational post from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives.

Get up and get out. Don't treat Monday as if it's the worst day of the week (more...)



250. Mar 31, 2016
Tanka CEO to be featured in Kiplinger's financial magazine
the Tanka team
Be on the lookout for a profile of Tanka CEO Karlene Hunter and Native American Natural Foods in an upcoming Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.

The ongoing series, called "Success Stories," will focus on the financial challenges of building a successful business in the middle of a reservation (more...)



253. Mar 24, 2016
Keloland TV in Rapid City visits the Tanka headquarters, features new products
Kevin Fraser, Customer Service
Kevin Woster, a reporter from Keloland TV, came out to our office in Kyle this week to do a story about our loan from Whole Foods .

We gave him a tour of the building and introduced him to all the employees (more...)



256. Mar 21, 2016
Tanka first Native American recipient of Whole Foods Market local loan
Linda Crider
For Immediate Release
March 11, 2016

KYLE, SD, March 11, 2016 -- Pine Ridge Indian Reservation-based Native American Natural Foods, maker of the Tanka line of buffalo snacks, is the first Native American recipient of a low-interest loan through Whole Foods Market's Local Producer Loan Program (more...)



257. Mar 21, 2016
Tanka makes it another successful year at Expo West
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing

The Tanka Team just returned from its 9th successful year as an exhibitor at Natural Products Expo West 2016. This year marked the launch of 5 new Tanka products: Tanka Trail (3 flavors) and Tanka Bar (2 flavors) (more...)



259. Mar 17, 2016
St. John's returning visitors inspired by Tanka and economics
the Tanka team
The Ozanam Scholars Program is a group of undergraduate students who are part of a special program at the University dedicated to scholarship, service and social justice. They work in part with an entrepreneur class at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (more...)



261. Mar 11, 2016
Tanka team debuts new products and booth display at Expo West
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing

Our team is currently at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA, along with Healthy Active Natives Facebook founder, Waylon Pahona. Pictured in both photos is our team posing in our brand new and amazing booth set up (more...)



263. Mar 10, 2016
Tanka and National Sales Associates meet in style
the Tanka team
Our leadership team is at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA, right now and had our first National Sales Associates broker meeting as part of our launch of five new products! They are pictured wearing the Tanka trucker hats we gifted them (more...)



265. Mar 08, 2016
Native musician tours the country, powered by Tanka
the Tanka team
Cody Blackbird is a Native American flute player who merges the flute with powerful vocals and contemporary blues rock sounds with his Band. Our friends the Cody Blackbird Band is pictured above with friend Jackson Browne (far right) at one of his shows in NYC and they certainly weren't "running on empty" thanks to Tanka!

The band is currently touring the country, fueled by our Tanka products, and sharing their adventu (more...)



268. Mar 07, 2016
Motivational Monday: Live life powerfully!
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing

Every Monday we plan to bring you a motivational post from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives.

"Live life powerfully! Be in tune with the drum -- let your heart and soul be filled with strength and pride from the voices of our people (more...)



272. Feb 22, 2016
Motivational Monday: Getting out of comfort zones
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing
Every Monday we plan to bring you a motivational post from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives.

"Be scared and get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself (more...)



275. Feb 19, 2016
Adventures in electrical problems at Tanka Bar
Kevin Fraser, customer service
Most of our power at the Tanka Bar headquarters was out because of high wind last night. Wind has blown a wire loose that leads to one the transformers on our highline pole and in turn caused us to lose power to most of the building (more...)



277. Feb 18, 2016
New Tanka products on display at the UNFI Orlando TableTop Show in Buena Vista
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing
Our National Sales Manager, James Williams, is currently at the UNFI Orlando Tabletop Show in Lake Buena Vista in Florida. This is our display at the show, which showcases our new Jalapeno and Teriyaki Bars and our Tanka Trail (more...)



279. Feb 17, 2016
The family that trains together, stays together
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing
We found the above awesome photo from our friend Waylon Pahona this week on his Instagram, @pahona52

"Awesome night in the gym and I ran into Michelle. I use train her and now she's on her own training with her two boys (more...)



283. Feb 10, 2016
Tanka fuels drum group at West Virginia powwow
the Tanka Team
Gray Parson, one of our great broker partners at National Sales Associates, attended the Red Hoop Powwow with the Brown Family of Pine Ridge in Shepherdstown, West Virginia on Feb. 6.

Pictured above are the Medicine Horse Singers who enjoyed some of our Tanka favorites (more...)



285. Feb 10, 2016
"Tanka Bites have the most delicious flavor and amazing texture!"
the Tanka Team
01.05.16 Tanka Bites By Holly from Burke

Tanka Bites have the most delicious flavor and amazing texture! Yumm!

01.11.16 Cranberry Buffalo Tanka Sticks By Elizabeth from Huntersville

Love them! This is the second time I have ordered them in bulk (more...)



286. Feb 08, 2016
Motivational Monday: Native Diabetes Prevention Program successes
the Tanka Team
Every Monday we plan to bring you a motivational post from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives.

All four of these Gila River Tribal Members lost weight with the help of the Gila River Diabetes Prevention Program (more...)



289. Feb 01, 2016
Motivational Monday: Take unexpected adventures
the Tanka Team
Every Monday we plan to bring you a motivational post from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives.

"Never set limits on what you can do. Easy should never be an option (more...)



292. Jan 20, 2016
VIDEO: Support the Return
the Tanka team
Be part of the story of the buffalo's return. Be part of history. Check out this Tanka Fund PSA to learn more! #supportthereturn (more...)



294. Jan 19, 2016
Healthy Active Natives founder goes the distance to aid a fellow Native runner
the Tanka team
Waylon Pahona (Hopi/Tewa/Maricopa) is the founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives, which is nearly 60,000 members strong. He speaks to native communities all over and encourages a healthy lifestyle (more...)



297. Jan 12, 2016
Video: Tanka Bar and Tanka Fund at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market
the Tanka Team
Our team, along with Tanka Fund , had a great time this past weekend at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. Both teams worked together to exhibit our products and explain how the Tanka Fund is working to return buffalo to the land, diets and economies of American Indian people (more...)



299. Jan 07, 2016
VIDEO: The art of hanging the beautiful Tanka Fund buffalo hide
the Tanka Team
This gorgeous buffalo hide by Lakota artist Sonja Holy Eagle is a bear to get put together for on-the-road shows but it's worth the effort. Our friend Waylon Pahona of Healthy Active Natives filmed this time-lapsed video of our Tanka Fund and Tanka Bar teams getting it ready for display at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah this week (more...)