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301. Oct 22, 2015
Basketball stars the Schimmels and family visit schools on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Jason Stover Marketing Specialsit
Strong family support plus hard work and discipline equals the role models Shoni and Jude Schimmel have become for the Native community.

The sisters, from the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Mission, OR, are popular basketball players who visited the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation this week (more...)



302. Oct 20, 2015
Tanka fuels Kauai Pow Wow
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Our friend Waylon Pahona recently attended the Kauai Pow Wow in Hawaii. He shared his Tanka stash with participants along the way.

Pictured above is the Head Lady, Pat Lopez, from Taos Pueblo.



Eric Manuelito, (Navajo) Head Man (more...)



304. Oct 19, 2015
Motivational Monday: Never give up
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
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. He sent us the following about a young woman who was competing in a recent race in Arizona (more...)



306. Oct 19, 2015
Native youth embrace Tanka while achieving wellness goals
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Our friend Waylon Pahona has been on the road spreading the word of healthy living in the Native community. He has been sending us photos of his life on the road.

Pictured above are Jaeda Honani from Hopi High girls cross country team and Jayden Pahona Marcos De Niza High School (more...)



308. Oct 19, 2015
Motivational Monday: Health has no age limit
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
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. He sent us the following about a grandmother getting healthy (more...)



310. Oct 19, 2015
Motivational Monday: Get moving for a healthier lifestyle
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Excellent Monday Motivation from our good friend Waylon Pahona (Hopi/Tewa/Maricopa), founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives, which is over 50,000 members strong. We will be working with Waylon on content related to living a healthy lifestyle and incorporating success stories from his HANs community as we help with the group's goals (more...)



312. Oct 14, 2015
Code talker medal exhibit to honor Native Americans, veterans
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
While it may not be common knowledge, the code talkers of World War I and World War II were not just from the Navajo nation.

Code talkers are the Native Americans who used their languages to secretly communicate during wartime (more...)



314. Oct 13, 2015
Mobile Farmers Market continues to spread the word about real Native foods
Kevin Fraser, the Tanka Team
Daniel Cornelius is a well-known advocate of the Intertribal Agriculture Council . He co-founded The Mobile Farmers Market which travels to Indian reservations nationwide. It's an innovative approach that is aiming to strengthen the regional American Indian food economy by enhancing the area's food distribution network (more...)



316. Oct 12, 2015
Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!
Faye Brown, Tanka Fund
Cities across the country from Portland to St. Paul are switching out Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day.

This change creates an opportunity to celebrate the survival and vibrancy of Indigenous communities despite centuries of concerted oppression (more...)



318. Oct 06, 2015
"Run to be happy, run to pray"
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Waylon Pahona (Hopi/Tewa/Maricopa) is the founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives, which is over 50,000 members strong. He speaks to native communities all over and encourages a healthy lifestyle (more...)



320. Oct 05, 2015
"Wonderful product - great taste, texture, and healthy"
the Tanka Team
09.04.15 Thanks By William from Loveland

Looking forward to giving this to my niece

09.06.15 No Subject By Helen from High Point

I have heard good things about your product, and am delighted to support the independence of you Nation through purchasing a natural, healthy nutritional bar

09 (more...)



321. Sep 29, 2015
Tanka pride on display at Little Wound School homecoming parade
the Tanka Team
Every year Little Wound School , located on our home reservation of Pine Ridge, hosts a homecoming parade. The whole community comes out to see all the wonderful school-spirited floats. This year one of our Tanka team members, Kevin Fraser, put his car in it (more...)



323. Sep 24, 2015
Transformation Tuesday: Waylon shares his dedication to health
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
"With weight loss it takes patience and dedication you have to want to live to be healthier, you have to want to get up and exercise, you have to want to make lifestyle changes in order to lose weight (more...)



325. Sep 18, 2015
Tanka is a proud sponsor of Farm Aid 30
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
We are excited to announce that Tanka Bar is a Farm Aid 30 HOMEGROWN Catering Donor and will be served up backstage at the event.

Farm Aid 30 will take place Sept. 19 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL (more...)



327. Sep 16, 2015
Tanka team members display products at REI in Maryland
The Tanka Team
Our Tanka team members Danaj Edmond and Cory Moorefield recently exhibited and sampled out our products at REI in Columbia, MD. It was a successful event where they also gave away a Tanka T-shirt to a REI staff member (more...)



329. Sep 09, 2015
Veteran-owned, holistic Native company shows Tanka support
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Native American company Herbal Lodge , which sells authentic, natural Native remedies, spotted our president Mark Tilsen on the road outside of Minneapolis recently.

The owner of Nathan Wright, Herbal Lodge, exchanged their products with Mr (more...)



331. Sep 08, 2015
Tanka makes an impression at 40th Buffalo Stampede
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications




We recently donated some of our Tanka Sticks Apple Orange Peel to the folks at the Buffalo Chips Running Club . The non-profit organization is the oldest running club in Sacramento, CA.

Our products were used to f (more...)



334. Sep 04, 2015
"I have enjoyed Tanka Bars for years and I share them with my friends"
Kevin Fraser, Customer Service Representitive
08.05.15 Tanka Bars By Nila from Puyallup

My grandson heard about your product and is anxious to try so we decided to purchase a small order for him as a gift.

08.06.15 tanka bars By Gray from Mebane

Love your product (more...)



335. Sep 01, 2015
Tanka CEO named one of 50 faces in the Native community
the Tanka Team
We are so proud of our CEO Karlene Hunter. She is listed at one of 50 faces of Indian Country in Indian Country Today Media Network's special edition magazine. See her on page 25.

For more information on how to get a copy: 50 Faces of Indian Country (more...)



336. Aug 31, 2015
Tribeca Film interviews Tanka president following documentary release "Buffalo Returns"
the Tanka Team
Buffalo Returns , produced by Tribeca and American Express, is a short documentary featuring Tanka. Tribeca recently interviewed Tanka president Mark Tilsen as a followup to the film's release. Many things have changed since the film was shot but the heart of the story remains (more...)



338. Aug 26, 2015
Tanka Bar family members host annual rodeo honoring relatives
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
We are very proud of our Tanka Bar family. They recently hosted their second annual Hunter Memorial Rodeo 2015 in honor of family members who have passed away.



The Hunter family in the announcer booth (more...)



340. Aug 18, 2015
Tanka products on the road with the acclaimed Tatanka Truck
the Tanka Team
Meet Brian Yazzie! He is a culinary arts student at Saint Paul College. In between his break from school he is working with Sean Sherman ( The Sioux Chef ) on the Tatanka Truck and said he is loving the Tanka Bars (more...)



341. Aug 11, 2015
Mighty Tatanka photographed in the Black Hills
the Tanka Team
We spotted this stunning photo from Dallas Goldtooth , KXL campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network and one of the co-founders of the Native comedy group, 1491s.

He snapped the photo at Pe' Sla in the Black Hills of South Dakota recently where there is now a 150-head bison herd (more...)



343. Aug 10, 2015
Tribeca Films presents BUFFALO RETURNS Directed by Gini Reticker
Tanka Admin
BUFFALO RETURNS - Directed by Gini Reticker from Tribeca Film on Vimeo . In the face of a powerful recession, crippling unemployment and a housing crisis, a small, creative and energetic band (more...)



345. Aug 04, 2015
"Awesome for the whole family. Best on-the-go snack!"
The Tanka Team
07.06.15 Amazed By Matthew from Ann Arbor

The orange peel bar is one of the most delicious pack foods I've eaten on the trail. The ingredients are simple, and the taste is extraordinary. Whatever the people at Tanka are doing, they've changed the way I think about jerky (more...)



346. Aug 04, 2015
Tanka Bar and the Tanka Fund team up for the National Cooperative of Grocers show in St. Paul, MN
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
James Williams, our national sales manager, along with Faye and Sasha Brown of the Tanka Fund worked together at the recent NCG Convergence in St. Paul, MN.

National Co+op Grocers (NCG) is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States (more...)



348. Aug 03, 2015
Volunteer group working on the reservation takes a break at Tanka Bar headquarters
the Tanka Team
Nikki Kornetzke, the group leader of Re-Member , stopped by our headquarters recently with other Re-Member volunteers. The group often visits our office when they are on our reservation. Re-Member is a community organization that works with Oglala Lakota communities to help improve the quality of life on the reservation through cultural immersion as well as volunteer services (more...)



349. Jul 31, 2015
Young native lacrosse teams fueled by Tanka in Minneapolis
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Our friends at the Tanka Fund sent us these great photos of kiddos enjoying our TankaFund.org Jerky at their lacrosse game. Sasha Brown wrote:

‪"Twin Cities‬ ‪‎native‬ youth ‪‎lacrosse‬ love Tanka (more...)



351. Jul 29, 2015
Church of the Brethren continues work on reservation, visits Tanka Bar
the Tanka Team
We always look forward to the visitors that come to our Tanka Bar headquarters. This week the Church of the Brethren stopped by for a visit. The church group has been coming to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for years, doing various volunteer work from house maintenance to community gardens (more...)



353. Jul 28, 2015
Sisters bring their favorite high school coach to visit Tanka Bar
the Tanka Team
Sisters Linda and Marla Herman brought their high school coach Cheryl McDonald-Pugh to visit the Tanka Bar headquarters this week. Coach Cheryl was the sisters' volleyball, basketball, and track coach during their years in high school (more...)



355. Jul 27, 2015
Drum groups live life powerfully with Tanka products at Virginia powwow
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
We received some great photos from our National Sales Manager, James Williams, of drum groups who performed at the Painted Mountain Powwow in Southwest Virginia. Each group shows their love of Tanka by placing some of our products on their drum (more...)



357. Jul 23, 2015
Tanka Fund travels with Idle No More on the Neil Young tour
the Tanka Team
The Tanka Fund , a national campaign to return buffalo to the land, diets and economies of American Indian people, has been on the road with the Neil Young & Promise Of The Real Tour. The tour celebrates their album The Monsanto Years , a rally cry against Monsanto and GMOs (more...)



358. Jul 23, 2015
Tanka Fund on the road with Neil Young
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
The Tanka Fund is currently on the road for the Neil Young & Promise Of The Real - Rebel Content Tour . They have been sharing a booth on the tour with Idle No More , a grassroots activist movement honoring Indigenous soverei (more...)



359. Jul 15, 2015
Buffalo Returns: Tanka featured in new Tribeca and American Express produced documentary
The Tanka Team
We're honored to be a part of the new film Buffalo Returns !

WATCH & SHARE our story today FREE on Vimeo here: Buffalo Returns #journeyneverstops (more...)



362. Jul 14, 2015
Building Resilient Communities: A Moral Responsibility
the Tanka Team
Our friend Nick Tilsen over at Thunder Valley recently gave a magnificent talk in Rapid City, SD, which discusses the challenges of places like the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the great possibilities (more...)



364. Jul 08, 2015
Tanka expands to add new Sales Administrator Coordinator
the Tanka Team
Tanka is growing by leaps and bounds, and we're happy to announce that Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart has joined Native American Natural Foods as Sales Administrator Coordinator.
Kimberly will be working directly with James Williams, our National Sales Manager (more...)



365. Jul 06, 2015
Tanka team member reaches new heights in educational career
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Morgan Mesteth, an incoming senior this year at Little Wound School in Kyle, SD, is currently making her educational dreams come true.

She was chosen out of 100 students to be a LEDA Scholar at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ (more...)



366. Jul 02, 2015
"Tanka Bars are amazing!"
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
06.03.15 Giving your products a try! By James from Singapore

Hi, first time to try your products. I am an American living in Singapore and am looking for snacks that are high in protein, healthy and natural (more...)



367. Jun 30, 2015
Tanka begins work with Healthy Active Native community
the Tanka Team
Waylon Pee Pahona of Arizona is a personal trainer and popular speaker on health and fitness in the Native community. He is also the founder of the Healthy Active Natives group. We are in the planning stages right now but Tanka is going to work with Waylon to help the HAN community with their goals (more...)



370. Jun 25, 2015
Tanka helps fuel half-marathon runners for another year
the Tanka Team
The Mother Earth Trail Race Half-Marathon is a spiritual race/run that seeks to encourage the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota way of life and has been going strong since 2012. We have donated Tanka products to the event every year which takes place in Lake Andes, SD (more...)



372. Jun 22, 2015
Team members take Tanka on the road
the Tanka Team
Tanka team member Jacey Mesteth was recently on the road with his mother Tonya Hunter, our production manager.

They visited the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D (more...)



374. Jun 18, 2015
Tanka featured in Father's Day gift guide for triathletes
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Triathlete magazine has featured Tanka Bar Apple Orange Peel as a top pick for Father's Day gifts this year.

Tanka has been featured in the magazine before, the last ti (more...)



376. Jun 16, 2015
Wheaton College makes annual trip to Tanka Bar headquarters
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
My friend at Wheaton College, Gene Green, PH.D Professor of the New Testament, brings a crew of students to visit us every year to learn about Tanka Bar.

Along with Gene, Christine Folch PH.D (Assistant Professor of the Anthropology Department) traveled with the college again this year as chaperone (more...)



378. Jun 09, 2015
Tanka spotted at 7-11 in Texas
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
As you may have already heard or seen in your area, Tanka products are starting to roll out in 7-11 locations across the nation.

The photo above was shot at the 7-11 at Route 276 and John King Blvd (more...)



380. Jun 05, 2015
"My kids love Tanka Bites! It's a great protein snack!"
Jason Stover Marketing Specialist
05.04.15 Trying the tankabar By Tonja from Cortez

I found the bars at a local health food store in the original and spicy pepper flavors and decided to try it. Tastes great. I really liked it, so I decided to check out the website & order straight from the source (more...)



381. Jun 01, 2015
Sharing a Vision For Generations stops by Tanka headquarters
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
The ladies of Sharing a Vision For Generations stopped in for a brief tour at our headquarters recently and shared some laughs with our Native American Natural Foods CEO, Karlene Hunter.

The group stop by every year to visit with local colleges in the area (more...)



383. May 26, 2015
UNFI Foxwoods Tabletop Show a success for Tanka
The Tanka Team
Our National Sales Manager James Williams presented Tanka products at the UNFI Foxwoods Tabletop Show in Ledyard, CT, and it was a successful event for the company. Mr. Williams connected with many new retailers and displayed our redesigned shippers (pictured to the left) several of them were interested in taking into their stores (more...)



384. May 14, 2015
Look for Tanka in 7-11 locations near you, win a prize
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Did you hear?! Tanka products are rolling out in 7-11 locations across the nation. A NEW Tanka T-Shirt will go out to the first 10 people who spot us at a 7-11, snap a pic and either post on our social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) or email it to jenicejohnson@tankabar (more...)



385. May 14, 2015
Remembering the near extinction of the buffalo
the Tanka Team
This image has traveled along social media outlets for a while now and yet many people still don't know that this happened in American history. Most of all, it has not been covered in traditional classrooms (more...)



387. May 12, 2015
Love of Tanka spans generations of Lakota athletes
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Jordan Marie Daniel, a Lakota runner living in Washington, D.C., recently paid a visit to the Tanka headquarters along with her mother Terra Daniel and grandfather Nyal Brings Three White Horses. Originally from South Dakota, Jordan was visiting to surprise her grandfather who once ran with Billy Mills and was being honored at the Dakota Relays (more...)



389. May 06, 2015
Tanka Fund represents at the 2015 Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, NM
The Tanka Team
Sasha Brown of the Tanka Fund recently manned a very successful booth at 32 Annual Gathering of Nations PowWow 2015 in Albuquerque, NM. The Tanka Fund is a national campaign to return buffalo to Native lands, lives and economies (more...)



391. May 05, 2015
Tanka a hit at far Northern Maine specialty store
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Tanka fan Amelia Christnot posted this great photo to our social media of Cheryle and Natalie Matowitz, proprietresses of Bread of Life Bulk Food and Specialty Store in Maine. The store sells our Tanka Bars and Sticks and is located in Presque Isle in far Northern Maine (more...)



393. May 04, 2015
Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for April
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
04.01.15 Tanka Bites are spectacular! By Roland from The Sea Ranch

I discovered Tanka Bites (which my wife and I simply call "pemmican") in a small town in Minnesota, thanks to a friend. They taste wonderful, provide a quick energy boost, and are remarkably low in carbs while providing a good amount of protein (more...)



394. May 01, 2015
Tanka team exhibits at Whole Foods Market special invitation event
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Our leadership team attended the Whole Foods Southern Pacific Region's Hungry for Better Supplier Fair in Buena Park, CA, this past week which was by invitation only. National Sales Manager James Williams and president Mark Tilsen manned the Tanka booth and shared our products with the attendees (more...)



396. Apr 29, 2015
Natural Grocers in Austin shows Tanka support
The Tanka Team
Billy (pictured above) is the Dairy and Frozen Foods buyer at Natural Grocers on 3901 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX, and is a big Tanka fan.

He's standing next to our Tanka Fund display at the store (more...)



398. Apr 23, 2015
Tanka Fund display spotted at Natural Grocers in Austin, TX
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Tanka President Mark Tilsen found this Tanka Fund display at Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage on N. Mo-Pac Expwy, Suite L in Austin, TX! These shippers are now located in about 100 Natural Grocers locations all over the nation (more...)



400. Apr 22, 2015
Inc. Magazine: "The Centuries-Old Buffalo Recipe Transforming a Troubled Community"
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
The popular small business magazine Inc. featured Native American Natural Foods in a recent article by Editor-At-Large, Leigh Buchanan.

Interviews with our founders CEO Karlene Hunter and President Mark Tilsen are included in the article as well as Business Assistant Jessica Heart and Matthew Jimenez, Global Grocery Buyer at Whole Foods Market (more...)