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401. 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...)



403. Apr 21, 2015
Colorado runner touts the benefits of Tanka products for fitness fuel
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Our friend Billy Nelson of Colorado posted this photo on his Instagram at @thebillynelson 
 of he and his Blue Heeler, Trigger , on a recent run. Billy, who is a big fan, stays fueled by Tanka during his runs and is sporting one of our classic T shirts (more...)



406. Apr 21, 2015
Lakota runner shares her love of Tanka products and mission
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Native-American runner Jordan Marie Daniel (Lakota) of Washington, D.C., shows her Tanka pride in this great photo she posted on Facebook with our products. She wrote:

"I'm excited to devour after my runs and lifting sessions (more...)



409. Apr 15, 2015
Tanka fan and Olympian refuels with Tanka, shares with son
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Our friend William Nelson and his son Noah recently bonded over some Tanka goodies. William is a big fan of our products and it appears that Noah is now too! He posted this photo and the following on our Facebook (more...)



411. Apr 08, 2015
Men's Journal touts Tanka a top snack in the "Meat Energy Bar Takeover"
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Men's Journal recently did a great write-up on Tanka in an article called "The Meat Energy Bar Takeover."

"These bars have a totally unique backstory. They largely predate the Paleo craze, and were instead invented on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to accomplish three main goals: provide a healthy option to a Native American population with huge (more...)



413. Apr 08, 2015
"I have a new favorite source of protein. These are excellent!"
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
03.01.15 Tanka at Local Stores By Anne from Canoga Park

Hello Tanka

I have been ordering Tanka each month online, and have been telling people they buy Tanka at the Whole Food store. Yesterday I ran out of Tanka jerky so I went to local Whole Food store to find that they do not carry Tanka brand buffalo jerky (more...)



414. Mar 31, 2015
St. John's University students visit Tanka, meet staff
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
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...)



416. Mar 27, 2015
Tanka offers positive work environment for local youth
the Tanka Team
Sometimes our Tanka Team needs a little help with a busy week of tasks and orders. We recently hired a few of our local youth in Kyle, SD, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to assist us in putting together a few hundred cardboard shippers for our wonderful retailers (more...)



418. Mar 26, 2015
Native American Bank visits the Tanka headquarters
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
Today we welcomed President Thomas D. Ogaard along with Senior Vice Presidents Clay Colombe and Joel Smith of Native American Bank to our Tanka office in Kyle, SD.

The group had a full day of meetings which started on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where we are located, and will work their way to the Rosebud Indian Reservation (more...)



420. Mar 24, 2015
Tanka spotted at Roots Market in Maryland
the Tanka team
We often get photos from our fans of our Tanka products in various retailer locations across the nation. This one comes from Valerie M. and shows our Tanka Bar Spicy Pepper Bars at Roots Market in Olney, MD (more...)



422. Mar 19, 2015
Tanka Fund and Onnit share the story of returning the buffalo to Native lands
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Our Tanka president Mark Tilsen represented the Tanka Fund to help celebrate the launch of Onnit products at Whole Foods Market. Onnit has been a fantastic retailer and product partner and invited the Tanka Fund to attend their launch during South by Southwest festivities at Whole Foods Ma (more...)



424. Mar 17, 2015
"Thanks for the great product! This mom loves that her kids are eating healthy!"
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
02.03.15 No Subject By Mary June from Deadwood

What a wonderful product for gift giving. Thanks for your superb product quality and excellent customer service!

0.04.15 Delicious! By Kelly from La Crescent

These are so yummy (more...)



426. Mar 13, 2015
The Tanka Fund honored to join Onnit at SW Whole Foods Market launch
the Tanka team
Our authentic Lakota hand-painted buffalo hide by Lakota artist Sonja Holy Eagle will adorn Whole Food Market on Lamar, March 13-16, to help celebrate the launch of Onnit products at Whole Foods.

The 7 x 7 foot painted hide is the centerpiece of a national campaign by the Tanka Fund to return buffalo to Native American lands, lives and economies (more...)



428. Mar 13, 2015
The Sioux Chef: 'Native American foods are the healthiest foods on the planet'
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
In a modern world, Oglala Lakota chef Sean Sherman pushes himself to remove European influence from his cuisine.

"...all the pieces of this food are so simple - just by doing things you would never find in a normal cookbook or cooking school," Sherman said (more...)



430. Mar 06, 2015
Father and son bond over Tanka Onnit Warrior Bars
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Instagram follower Sarah Cestero posted what is possibly one of the most adorable photos of Tanka fans enjoying our products. Meet Mitch and his 9-month-old son Adam. Sarah snapped this photo of these two enjoying Tanka Onnit Warrior Bars before hea (more...)



432. Mar 06, 2015
Clean-eating mom chooses Tanka for her son's lunchbox
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
We are seeing a wonderful trend of busy moms packing their kiddos' healthy lunches with Tanka products and posting photos of them on social media. This photo comes from Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Holly Morello who posted it on her Instagram (more...)



435. Mar 02, 2015
Tanka Bites Slow Smoked Original a hit with youngsters
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
We often get photos from you all showing how you enjoy our Tanka products and it's always a treat to see the younger generation appreciating them as well. Tanka fan and busy mom Elizabeth Mark posted this photo of her kiddos marveling at their recent Amazon order of Tanka Bites Slow Smoked Original (more...)



437. Feb 27, 2015
Veiled racism: We see it. We know it. And we are not going to stay silent
Karlene Hunter, CEO
There has been a lot of media this week regarding cultural insensitivity or ignorance at the Oscars. There's always media attention when celebrities are involved. But this is nothing new to the Native community regarding its language, its art, its traditions and now, its products (more...)



438. Feb 25, 2015
New national sales manager joins Tanka Team
the Tanka Team
We are happy to introduce you to our new National Sales Manager, James Williams.

James comes to Native American Natural Foods with more than 25 years of natural foods experience, including 7 years at Nutiva (more...)



440. Feb 24, 2015
YAHOO! Sports online magazine 'STACK' raves about Tanka Onnit Warrior Bar
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
STACK.com, in association with YAHOO! Sports, recently posted a review about our Tanka Onnit Warrior Bars on their website -- hailing the product as, "...not your average protein bar."

Written by Brandon Hall, the review was quite favorable and stated that the nutrition facts of the Warrior Bar "make it an overall attractive optio (more...)



442. Feb 23, 2015
Tanka spotted on Enmark convenience store billboard in Georgia
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Last year we told you that our Tanka Bars would be in all 59 Enmark store locations in the nation. We were so excited to see the above photo that a friend of Tanka sent to us that features one of our Tanka Bars on it! We are on the lower right of the sign which was spotted in Georgia (more...)



444. Feb 18, 2015
Paleo blogger creates meal boxes for her kids featuring Tanka Bars
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
The @the_goodie_goodie_foodie , a blogger who follows a clean-eating and grain-free lifestyle, has posted a few great photos on Instagram of her kids' meal boxes which have frequently featured Tanka products (more...)



447. Feb 16, 2015
Native American Natural Foods is hiring a Supply Chain Manager
the Tanka Team
We are thrilled to announce that because of so much growth at Tanka Bar, we are now looking for a Supply Chain Manager. Please read below if you or someone you know would be interested in joining our winning team!

Application Contact Information : Emailed resumes preferred (no phone calls, please) to tankabar@tankabar (more...)



449. Feb 13, 2015
Happy Valentine's Day from Ta-TANKA to you!
the Tanka Team
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451. Feb 11, 2015
Nothing says "I love you" like buffalo
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
It's just a few days until Valentine's Day and we found this lovely gem of a post on our Instagram today. How cute is this? We are "Tanka-ful" for @hannahecutler for sharing!

Connect with us
Join our FACEBOOK FAN PAGE

Follow our boards on PINTEREST (more...)



453. Feb 11, 2015
Business advice from Tanka president Mark Tilsen: "Never Stop Learning From Your Customers"
the Tanka Team
Social Venture Network interviewed our president, Mark Tilsen, about the best advice he never got.

It is a series that features leaders of companies who are members of SVN sharing their responses to the question: "The Best Advice I Never Got (more...)



455. Feb 10, 2015
Runner William Nelson lives life powerfully fueled by Tanka
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
William Andrew Nelson is a Tanka fan who has been following our social media for some time. He is now promoting the Tanka brand with his fitness goals.

Mr. Nelson attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he is currently an assistant couch (more...)



458. Feb 04, 2015
Tanka a hit at health fair at Whole Foods Market in Monterey, CA
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Our friend Cate Ritter of Cate's Nutrition Kitchen is a Certified Nutritionist and Kitchen Coach who has been offering her knowledge to various health locations around the US. She recently did the Whole Foods Market, Monterey Health Fair in California (more...)



459. Feb 03, 2015
"I liked them so much I decided to give them as a wedding gift"
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
01.04.15 Love These Bars! By Meghan from Blairsville

I was introduced to these products a few years ago when I spent 2 weeks on the Pine Ridge Reservation with the Re-Member organization. They are wonderful (more...)



460. Jan 30, 2015
Tanka reaches the top of the Guadalupe Mountains
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
We always love when our Tanka fans send, or post on social media, photos of them enjoying Tanka -- sometimes all over the world. Bloggers Katie Vannier and Chris Nanni posted the above photo on their Twitter page, @lovetripping (more...)



462. Jan 29, 2015
Grand-prize buffalo hide to be on display around the country
the Tanka Team
The Tanka Fund buffalo hide is coming to a venue near you! The Tanka Fund is a national campaign to return buffalo to the land, diets and economies of American Indian people. Enter to win Sonja's Holy Eagle's beautiful, hand-painted buffalo hide at tankafund (more...)



463. Jan 29, 2015
Great display of Tanka spotted at REI in Seattle
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Tanka president Mark Tilsen is in Seattle this week and took this snapshot of our line of products at the REI flagship store . REI has been one of our wonderful retail partners since 2009 (more...)



465. Jan 29, 2015
Tanka Fund hand-painted buffalo hide on display at Costco shareholders meeting
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications


Our president Mark Tilsen is currently in Bellevue, WA, for Costco's 2015 Annual Shareholders Meeting. The event was invitation only and the Tanka Fund buffalo hide is on display there for more than 1,000 Costco shareholders (more...)



467. Jan 28, 2015
Tanka a popular company at Whole Foods Southwest Vendor Fair
the Tanka Team
Tanka was invited to an exclusive Whole Foods Southwest Vendor Fair in Austin, Texas, featuring grocery team leaders from the Southwest Region this week.

We showcased our new products rolling out to Whole Foods, plus our famous Bars, Bites and Sticks (more...)



469. Jan 23, 2015
Life-sized bison reconstruction a feature attraction at NBA Winter Conference
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Tanka president Mark Tilsen, a board member of the National Bison Association Conservation Committee, is currently at the 2015 NBA Winter Conference in Denver, CO, this week.

He photographed this reconstruction of a male bison, used to educate the public (more...)



471. Jan 22, 2015
Tanka president to attend Costco shareholders meeting
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
On Jan. 29, the Tanka Fund buffalo hide will greet more than 1,000 Costco shareholders when they gather for their 2015 Annual Shareholders Meeting in Bellevue, WA.

Native American Natural Foods was invited to participate in the meeting as being the subject of one of the most popular stories of 2014 printed by the Costco Connection Magazine (more...)



472. Jan 15, 2015
Gluten-free support group shows support of NEW TankaFund.Org Jerky
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
Our friends with the Hold the Gluten Support Group in Summerville, GA, recently shared our TankaFund.Org Turkey Buffalo Cranberry Jerky during their January meeting.

Ten percent of all the profits from TankaFund (more...)



474. Jan 15, 2015
My Journey Back: Navigating life after the "after" photo
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications
There is nothing more humbling than watching yourself shift from completely focused to a fraction of that focus in just over two years.

I started my journey to health a little after becoming a member of the Tanka Team in 2010 (more...)



475. Jan 09, 2015
Paleo fan recommends Tanka for healthy protein
The Tanka Team
We always appreciate when you post your photos and experiences on social media expressing your love of our products. This photo came to us by way of #tankabar on Instagram from @robyn_damanti .

She wrote: "Started paleo again and was in need of a quick snack (more...)



477. Jan 07, 2015
AUTHENTIC: Know your roots
The Tanka Team
LIVE LIFE POWERFULLY! (more...)



479. Jan 06, 2015
Tanka nourishing refuel option for recent hike in Tennessee Valley
Jenice Johnson, assistant marketing and communications director
Many of our fans are active, fit folks who take our products with them while out and about on the trail. We recently saw this great shot taken by Instagram user @theangelpimentel of our Tanka Bar Slow Smoked Original in front of Tennessee Valley Trailhead in Mill Valley, CA (more...)



481. Jan 05, 2015
"We have always loved Tanka Bars and enjoy sharing them with others"
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
12.04.14 New to product By John from Cincinnati

I have not yet received my first order but I'm very excited about an all natural product produced by a Native American company. Wishing you much success with all of your products and hoping to see that they take off huge with the general population (more...)



482. Dec 30, 2014
Tanka is the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Perusing the photos around Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, we found that some of you received, ordered or suggested Tanka products. From the Whole Foods Market in Lexington, KY, to folks who are fans of our partners over at Onnit , here are just a few images we discovered:

(more...)



484. Dec 22, 2014
NSS reps show support at UNFI Tabletop Vendor Meeting
the Tanka Team

Members of our Dallas, TX, Tanka team recently attended the UNFI Tabletop Vendor Meeting in Arlington, TX. We made great connections there and got reacquainted with retailers in which we already have strong relationships (more...)



485. Dec 22, 2014
UNFI reps show support at Tabletop Vendor Meeting
the Tanka Team

Members of our Dallas, TX, Tanka team recently attended the UNFI Tabletop Vendor Meeting in Arlington, TX. UNFI is the leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products

We had a great time getting reacquainted with retailers at the meeting and chatting with some of the UNFI team who support our company (more...)



486. Dec 22, 2014
Regifting was meant for fruitcake. Not buffalo.
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Never regift the best. (more...)



488. Dec 19, 2014
InterTribal Buffalo Council honors a leader in returning the herd
Mark A. Tilsen, president
Russell Eagle Bear was honored by the InterTribal Buffalo Council Board of Directors with a buffalo hide for his lifetime work to help return buffalo to tribal communities. Tanka would like to thank Russell and all the members of ITBC for their work to bring the buffalo back to over 60 tribes (more...)



490. Dec 18, 2014
Tanka team busy like Santa's elves this holiday
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
It was the last week before Christmas and all through the Tanka warehouse, all the team was stirring -- there was no time to sit about. The gift boxes were stuffed to the gills with great care, hoping that Tanka fans would soon be aware (more...)



492. Dec 18, 2014
AUTHENTIC: Let your voice be heard
the Tanka Team

LIVE LIFE POWERFULLY! (more...)



494. Dec 15, 2014
AUTHENTIC: Always challenge the bull
the Tanka Team

Live Life Powerfully! (more...)



496. Dec 10, 2014
Tanka is warrior fuel for new Onnit Academy
the Tanka Team

Woot! We are so proud of Onnit , our awesome business partners in the Onnit/Tanka alliance. They have recently launched Onnit Academy and debuted their NEW publication -- Onnit Academy Magazine. When you first open the issue you will see this GORGEOUS Warrior Bar double-truck spread (pictured in the top photo) (more...)



499. Dec 08, 2014
Member of the Tanka family graduates from Haskell Indian Nations University
the Tanka Team

We are proud to announce that Jacey Mesteth, our production manager Tonya Hunter's son (pictured with him), graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University last week with his bachelors in American Indian studies with an emphasis in Environmental Justice (more...)