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701. Jan 15, 2014
Tanka team continues training on employee-owned business models
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Native American Natural Foods is working with Democracy Collaborative to learn how to implement an employee ownership program for the company. This week our team is currently working at our headquarters in Kyle, SD, with Jill Bamburg of Bainbridge Graduate Institute (more...)

703. Jan 14, 2014
Tanka spotted at Hy-Vee store in Peoria, Illinois
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
If you are ever in Peoria, Illinois, you can find our Tanka products at Hy-Vee in Sheridan Village .

Big thanks to our friend Doug Curry who follows us on the Tanka Facebook page. He sent us these photos of our Tanka Bars and Tanka Sticks (more...)

705. Jan 13, 2014
Bison Fact: The 1860s brought continued decline of herds
the Tanka Team
During the 1860s, railroads built across the Great Plains during this period divided bison into two main herds - the southern and the northern. Many bison were killed to feed the railway crews and Army posts (more...)

706. Jan 09, 2014
Tanka team visits key facilities that help make the company a success
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Mark Tilsen, president, and supply chain manager Rachel Hunter, recently took a trip to visit plant locations responsible for putting our products together for the public.

One of the places they visited was Western's Smokehouse (more...)

708. Jan 08, 2014
Tanka featured on "American Food Roots" online magazine
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The online magazine American Food Roots featured Tanka in their recent article "Jerky's long history is something to chew on" . It also mentions our new Tanka Jerky, set for release by the end of January/early February (more...)

710. Jan 07, 2014
Tanka Gourmet Gift basket a welcome delivery for serviceman
the Tanka Team
Michael Shane Conroy posted this great shot on our Facebook page this week. He is a sergeant stationed in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan, and he was excited to have just received one of our Tanka Gourmet Gift Baskets (more...)

712. Jan 03, 2014
"Tasty product from a great company I'm happy to support" Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for December
Jason Stover, Marketing Specialist
12.04.13 Great Bars to pack for a hike By Mike from South Hadley

While on vacation in South Dakota in September, I saw the Tanka bars next to the cash register at a store. Bought a couple and loved them (more...)

713. Dec 30, 2013
Tanka fuels Dakota 38 + 2 riders
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Tanka recently donated Tanka Bars to the Dakota 38 + 2 ride, remembering the men who were hanged on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, MN, after the Sioux Uprising . It is the largest one-day execution in American history

Lynny Prince posted the above photo on our Facebook page , thanking Tanka Bar for helping fuel the riders (more...)

715. Dec 30, 2013
Tanka spreads the word at LNI Basketball Tournament
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Some of our Tanka team had a great time at the recent Lakota Nation Invitational Basketball Tournament in Rapid City, SD

The annual event highlights athletes and talent across Lakota communities (more...)

717. Dec 27, 2013
Storytelling travelers include Tanka on their journey
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We love hearing from fans from all over the nation.

One fan in particular, Chelsea Batten, is traveling and storytelling with fellow explorers as part of an artistic endeavor called The Connoisseurs (more...)

718. Dec 26, 2013
New Year of Tanka success and partnership depicted in sand art
the Tanka Team
Doug Bystry, CEO at Clearinghouse CDFI , sent us the above photo depicting our new Native American Natural Foods logo completely crafted in sand.

Clearinghouse CDFI is one of our great Tanka partners (more...)

719. Dec 20, 2013
From all of us to all of you!
the Tanka Team
And a HAPPY NEW YEAR! (more...)

721. Dec 17, 2013
Find Tanka in a local Sprouts Farmers Market near you
the Tanka Team
We are very excited to announce that Tanka Bars will be available nationally at SPROUTS FARMERS MARKETS on Jan. 1 at the stores' checkout locations.

Please send us pics if you find us there! You can post them to any of our social media below or email jenicejohnson@tankabar (more...)

722. Dec 17, 2013
Bison Fact: The estimated bison population in 1910
the Tanka Team
In the Year 1910: The American Bison Society Census estimated 2,108 bison in North America (1,076 in Canada and 1,032 in the U.S.). Bison in public herds in the U.S. totaled 151.

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (more...)

723. Dec 13, 2013
Tanka Survey: Are GMO-free certified products important to you?
the Tanka Team
The Tanka Team cares about what is important to you and your family. Occasionally we will ask for you to get involved in surveys centered on health or other topics. We appreciate your participation! (more...)

725. Dec 11, 2013
Tanka Bar a treat for young Junior Achievement students in South Dakota
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Jessica Giard, who tweeted us this week, is a volunteer with the Chamberlain, SD, chapter of Junior Achievement. She sent us the above photo of a carton of our Slow Smoked Original Tanka Bars in the classroom (more...)

726. Dec 11, 2013
Tanka Bar featured with other popular fuel-packed foods in 'Women's Running' magazine
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Women's Running magazine featured Tanka Bar in its November/December 2013 issue.

Tanka is included on page 49 for the story titled "Is It Worth It?" which highlights popular foods runners eat to fuel their bodies (more...)

730. Dec 11, 2013
Ojibwe author publishes cookbook featuring Tanka Bites, Native recipes
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Heid Erdrich , a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of the Ojibwe people, wrote a new book called Original Local: Indigenous Foods Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest , which the Tell Me More staff at National Public Radio calls, "Part cookbook, part memoir and part meditation on the interplay of tradition and fusion in American cooking (more...)

733. Dec 11, 2013
Tanka featured in prominent Native food magazine
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Native Foodways magazine is a new publication that highlights food and culture among Native American communities. Tanka is featured in the magazine's current issue.

According to their website, "Native Foodways Magazine is published by Tohono O'odham Community Action (TOCA) (more...)

736. Dec 06, 2013
"These products are a National Treasure, just like the people behind them" Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for November
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
11.01.13 Love the new Apple Orange peel sticks! By Emily from Hartselle

These new sticks are fantastic! Great flavor. We can't get enough of them.

11.05.13 ordering product By Ellen from Colorado Springs

Your website works very well, I look forward to receiving the bars I ordered (more...)

737. Dec 06, 2013
Tanka welcomes its newest member of the family
the Tanka Team
We are excited to announce this wonderful bundle of joy in the Tanka Bar family. Derek and Katie Hunter and their family welcomed their baby girl Deim into the world on 12-1-13 at 8:35 am.

7 pounds 12 (more...)

739. Dec 05, 2013
Find Tanka in Whole Foods Market's flagship store in Austin, TX
the Tanka Team
If you are in Austin, Texas, make sure you check out Whole Foods Market on Sixth Street and Lamar Boulevard -- the company's flagship store.

You can find our products on the jerky rack in the meat department (more...)

741. Dec 05, 2013
Tanka team member wins American Indian College Fund scholarship
the Tanka Team
Our production manager Tonya Hunter is a very proud mom this week (and every week for that matter) because her son Jacey won an American Indian College Fund scholarship this fall.

Jacey has an AA in Physical Education and is now studying American Indian Studies for his BA at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas (more...)

742. Dec 03, 2013
The Tanka team spreads a little cheer at headquarters
the Tanka Team
We just couldn't wait.

We got into the holiday spirit early so everything would be nice and twinkly upon our return from Thanksgiving vacation. Here are inside sales manger Eugene Stover and shipping specialist Kelly Hunter trimming the tree (more...)

744. Dec 02, 2013
Tanka president featured on Native American Calling
the Tanka Team
Our president Mark Tilsen will be interviewed on Native America Calling at 11:30 a.m. MT today (December 2, 2013) in a segment about living wages and employee-owned businesses. It will be streamed here: www (more...)

746. Nov 25, 2013
Tanka Team continue employee-owned business training in Colorado
the Tanka Team
The Tanka company has had an exciting year with more great things to come in 2014.

The team participated in training last week in Denver, CO, with Democracy Collaborative to learn more about how to turn the business into an employee-owned company (more...)

748. Nov 24, 2013
How to fight the end-of-the-year blues and improve health
Kieran Sequoia, wellness advocate
Editor's Note: Kieran Sequoia is a Native American, Mexican, French and Deutsch actor, producer and self-proclaimed happiness junkie living in New York City. She will periodically write blog posts about health and wellness for the Tanka website (more...)

750. Nov 21, 2013
Tanka working to make the company an employee-owned business
the Tanka Team
Native American Natural Foods is currently working to realize its dream to become an employee-owned company.

Our company is working with Democracy Collaborative to make this happen and learning how to implement the program (more...)

752. Nov 14, 2013
'Delicious, healthy, high protein and low carb!' Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for October
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
10.03.13 Awesome buffalo sticks! By Tony from Sioux Falls

I love the buffalo sticks the most. My only complaint is that the packaging is hard to rip open. The only way were going to get herds of buffalo back to the plains is if we eat some of them (more...)

753. Nov 12, 2013
Winter weather doesn't slow down visits at headquarters
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
Although summer is a busy time for visitors at our headquarters in Kyle, SD, we still receive our share of great visits in the cooler temps as well.

Wei-Lin Kwee, a 2013 Eisenhower Fellow , is Singapore CEO and Director at
Millennia Hotel Private Limited, Pontiac Land Group and Michael L (more...)

754. Nov 12, 2013
Native American Natural Foods CEO invited to attend White House Tribal Nations Conference
Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications
KYLE, S.D., Nov. 11, 2013 -- Karlene Hunter, CEO of Native American Natural Foods of Kyle, S.D., has been invited to attend the White House Tribal Nations Conference this week in Washington, D.C.

A White House aide contacted Hunter last week about flying to Washington, D (more...)

755. Nov 08, 2013
Healthy cooking at the Tanka Bar office warms cold weather days
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our CEO Karlene Hunter's cabbage and chicken stir fry is a hit not only at home but at our headquarters and is super easy to make. She and the Tanka team recently made this dish which is perfect for cold weather days or when you are just craving something hearty for lunch or dinner (more...)

757. Nov 07, 2013
Healing camp works to help children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing, story and photos
A little before the cooler temps and snow of autumn reached the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD, one local organization hosted a special camp for youth to reconnect to their Lakota culture.

Located in Porcupine, SD, Wakanyeja Woapiye Wicoti (Children's Healing Camp) focuses on young people ages 7-12 who have experienced trauma, loss and/or grief (more...)

758. Nov 05, 2013
Tanka a treat at Tennessee's Smoky Mountain Gift Show
the Tanka Team
Our Tanka team is currently at the Smoky Mountain Gift Show with Native Touch now through Nov. 8, 2013. The show is known for being one of the most popular trade shows for the souvenir, resort and gift industry (more...)

759. Nov 04, 2013
College recruiters spend time at Tanka headquarters
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
Bridget Neconie, Admission and Recruitment Specialist in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at UC Berkeley and Steven Abbott, Associate Director of Admissions/Coordinator of Native Outreach at Dartmouth College, stopped by the Tanka Bar office recently (more...)

760. Nov 01, 2013
Celebrate Bison Day by supporting the return of the buffalo
Mark A. Tilsen, Sr., President, Native American Natural Foods
Buffalo fed and clothed America's people before this land was called America. Buffalo are part of America's iconic grasslands. Buffalo hold a special place in the cultures and traditions of Native American peoples of the Plains (more...)

761. Oct 30, 2013
Native MMA athlete and businesswoman set to fight Nov. 1
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We have featured Porcupine, SD, resident Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk) before when we first heard about her business endeavor, HOKA! Coffee , which has since gained momentum and increased its consumer offerings (more...)

763. Oct 29, 2013
Nutritionist shares appreciation for Tanka Bar mission
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
When nutritionist Katelyn Wilson learned more about Tanka Bar last year, she had just come to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for an agricultural internship in sustainable organic agriculture.

"What struck me most was they [Tanka Bar founders] are going above and beyond a normal product -- hypoallergenic, gluten free and dairy free," she said (more...)

765. Oct 25, 2013
New York 'fit medic' shows his Tanka colors
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Meet Brian Collins.

He is a medic living and working in New York City. Brian is a NASM certified personal trainer/fitness nutrition specialist, certified through Precision Nutrition as a Nutrition Coach, Level 2 MMA Fitness Trainer through Burn with Kearns MMA Fitness Training and a Tanka fan (more...)

767. Oct 24, 2013
Tanka team takes New York, continues filming with documentary film crew
the Tanka Team
Tanka Bar hit the Big Apple this week when our inside sales manager Eugene Stover and president Mark Tilsen handed out Tanka products at Columbus Circle in New York City.

A film team has been following our company for a documentary about innovative social entrepreneurs and they filmed the team in New York no (more...)

769. Oct 24, 2013
Army Initial Entry Training graduate fueled by Tanka
the Tanka Team
Our business manager Dawn Sherman's niece Allanah Gleason graduated IET at Fort Sill, OK. She loves her Tanka! Her auntie is so proud of her and so are we.

Congrats, Private Gleason!


770. Oct 23, 2013
Red Cloud Indian School Health Class conducts interactive interview with Tanka team
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
This week we tried something new with the health class at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, SD.

We set up our computers and Skype called Garrett Waters' class and did a few presentations for the students (more...)

772. Oct 18, 2013
Tanka participates in reservation-based school health fair in Allen, SD
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
For the second time this year, Tanka Bar participated in a Health Fair at American Horse School, located in Allen, SD, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

I ran our booth this time to provide information about our company and provide samples of our multiple products (more...)

774. Oct 16, 2013
South Dakota agriculture industry still working to recover from record-breaking storm
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
South Dakota was hit by the devastating winter storm, Atlas, early October which resulted in an estimated reported loss of 20,000 head of cattle across the western region of the state. Final numbers will take weeks to tally (more...)

775. Oct 15, 2013
New brochures feature active, real Tanka fans
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We are very excited to announce that not only did our packaging get a new look but we have also updated our brochures to reflect our growth.

Take a look above at the top page of our new and improved brochures which features some of our Tanka fans who stay healthy, active and fueled by Tanka (more...)

776. Oct 14, 2013
Documentary filming happening now at Fairway Market on 12th St. in Harlem, NYC
Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications
Our president Mark Tilsen and our inside sales manager Eugene Stover are in New York City today for filming for a documentary about innovative social entrepreneurs.

As part of a series of films commissioned by Tribeca Film Institute in partnership with American Express, the film is being directed by award-winning film maker Gini Reticker ( Pray the Devil Back to Hell , among many others) and produced by Andrew Fredericks, who has 20 years experience in making public television and inde (more...)

777. Oct 09, 2013
Tanka spotted in Monticello, Utah
the Tanka Team
Our friends Ed Kohorst and Olivia Casey of ValueWorks, Inc. were on vacation recently and spotted our Tanka products at the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Monticello, Utah. They even had our new (more...)

779. Oct 08, 2013
New Tanka flavor Apple Orange Peel reaches new heights
the Tanka Team
The above photo depicts the first time our new Apple Orange Peel Tanka Bar has reached an all-time high -- literally!

Our president Mark Tilsen hiked to the top of Harney Peak recently, obviously BEFORE the big winter storm of October, and took some Tanka Bars along for the trip (more...)

780. Oct 03, 2013
"They are so much better than the other protein bars..." Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for September
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
09.01.13 Tanka Bars & Tanka Dogs By MaKai from Rio Linda

There is nothing better after exercising then to have a nice Tanka Bar! The Tanka dogs are great, too. The big plus is seeing this company thrive (more...)

781. Sep 30, 2013
Tanka fan continues tradition of Tanka snacks and Alaskan views
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our friend Peter Nelson, a resident of Kyle, SD, -- the location of our headquarters -- took a trip out to the Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska recently. He is working on his PhD in Botany through Oregon State University (more...)

783. Sep 25, 2013
Tanka team welcomes longtime friend and his tour group from Germany
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
When longtime Tanka friend Dr. Dirk Rohrbach stopped by our headquarters this week, I tried to greet him with a handshake, but he wouldn't have it. A hug was a better greeting this time around (I think he just needed to warm up a little) (more...)

784. Sep 20, 2013
MEME OF THE WEEK: Buffalo wings
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
A game-day favorite but Tanka is better (more...)

786. Sep 19, 2013
Cooking with Tanka: Spicy Tanka Paella by Erik Wolf
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We had a contest recently where we asked all of you to send us your favorite recipe using any of our Tanka products. Here is a fantastic recipe from Erik Wolf of Dallas, Texas. He's the guitar player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band Green Mild Bell Peppers (more...)

788. Sep 13, 2013
MEME OF THE WEEK: If you can't take a hit
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Words to live by on or off the field! (more...)

790. Sep 10, 2013
"I spend a lot of time on the road and these work well for me"
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
08.01.13 Tanka bars By Kathy from Englewood

Love these bars! Found them in local shop and have been ordering these on line ever sense. Moist, chewy & filling. You know what your eating which is very important to me (more...)

791. Sep 09, 2013
Tanka company featured in Intertribal Buffalo Council magazine
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The Intertribal Buffalo Council magazine Buffalo Tracks highlighted Tanka Bar and president Mark Tilsen in its Summer 2013 edition.

The magazine features 58 tribes serving the Buffalo Nation in 19 states (more...)

793. Sep 06, 2013
Cooking with Tanka: the Tanka Loaf by Scottie P
the Tanka Team
We recently had a recipe contest, and although we only could have one winner , we would like to share some of the great recipes that came out of it. This is one of our Facebook fans Scottie P's Tanka Loaf (more...)

795. Sep 06, 2013
MEME OF THE WEEK: Every day is Friday
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Gotta love Ta-TANKA (more...)

797. Sep 03, 2013
Shipment of new packaging hits Tanka headquarters
the Tanka Team
The new packaging launch for our Tanka products is in full gear. Our graphic artist, Kevin Brown of Smart Set, sent us the above video showing the recent printing process. Our president, Mark Tilsen, was recently on site to see the rollout first-hand (more...)

800. Sep 03, 2013
Ken Tilsen, 1927-2013
the Tanka Team
Tanka CEO Karlene Hunter and the team at Native American Natural Foods extends our condolences to our President, Mark Tilsen, and his family in the death of Mark's father, Ken Tilsen, Saturday in Hudson, WI (more...)