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901. Jul 11, 2013
Making the best of summer without expectations
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...)



902. Jul 10, 2013
Tanka ladies ward off snake at headquarters
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
When a snake threatens the office our ladies don't run away, they take care of business.

Our business manager Dawn Sherman even tried to pick it up! Don't worry, it was only a bull snake. But we all did our share of squealing anyway!

Pictured above are Tonya Hunter, production manager, and Kelly Hunter, shipping specialist, in the top left corner (more...)



904. Jul 10, 2013
Tanka stays Onnit with Austin-based company
the Tanka Team
Our president Mark Tilsen recently met with the Onnit Labs team in Austin, Texas. Onnit is one of our great retail partners and can ship products to consumers overseas. Pictured above from left are: Mike, Aubrey, Mark and Josh (more...)



906. Jul 10, 2013
Round Rock REI staffer proves to be a big fan of Tanka Bar
Mark A. Tilsen, Sr., President, Native American Natural Foods
I met Linda Bassett at the REI in Round Rock, Texas, on July 4. She is an Anderson Award winner, which is a pretty big deal in the REI community. They flew her out to Seattle, WA, to receive the award (more...)



908. Jul 09, 2013
Pine Ridge emersion students visit Tanka Bar office, try new Tanka flavor
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
Patrick Lynch (pictured in the back right corner in the above photo) worked with Red Cloud School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the 1990s.

Now he works at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory in the San Francisco Bay Area in California (more...)



909. Jul 09, 2013
Apple Orange Peel flavor joins the Tanka product line
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The team at Native American Natural Foods is excited and proud to announce a new addition to our Tanka product line: Apple Orange Peel. This new flavor is set to roll out first in the Tanka Sticks by the end of March (more...)



911. Jul 09, 2013
"This is a snack that you don't have to feel guilty about" Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for June
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
06.03.13 Gift for my dad By Peter from Ponca City

I have been ordering from Tanka for years now and they have unmatched customer service and top-notch products. I'm always sharing my Tanka bars and Wild sticks to spread the good word (more...)



912. Jul 09, 2013
A summer class to remember: Wheaton College visits Tanka headquarters
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
Gene Green, a professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, brought his class by recently to hear Tanka Bar's story. I met with Professor Green about two months ago and he was very interested in what the Tanka Bar is and how we run as a business (more...)



913. Jul 05, 2013
PHOTOS: Oglala Lakota College Class of 2013 marks 40th annual graduation
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Oglala Lakota College celebrated its 40th graduation recently when 129 students received their diplomas on the OLC Pow Wow grounds in Kyle, SD. The annual OLC Pow Wow followed the ceremony. Photos of both the ceremony and the pow wow are above (more...)



916. Jul 05, 2013
Oglala Lakota Nation mourns the passing of Oliver Red Cloud
the Tanka Team
Saying goodbye is never easy and this week we are saying goodbye to one of our Chiefs.

On July 4 the Oglala Lakota Nation lost one of our Itancan' (Chiefs) -- Oliver Red Cloud. Mr. Red Cloud was a descendent of Chief Red Cloud and worked to preserve our culture and language (more...)



917. Jul 03, 2013
Health-conscious fan takes Tanka wherever she goes
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our friend Misty Humphrey, who is committed to living a healthy lifestyle following the paleo diet, is a big fan of Tanka Bar. She sent us this photo of herself with one of our Tanka Traditional Bars.

"My Tanka Bars go with me! Today it's the Sierra Nevada Musical Festival," she wrote (more...)



919. Jul 01, 2013
Tanka gourmet gift basket in bidding war at Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce benefit auction
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Tanka Bar donated a Ta-Tanka Gourmet Gift Basket to an auction on June 28, 2013, benefiting the Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce in Kyle, SD. The event took place in the Lakota Prairie Ra (more...)



920. Jul 01, 2013
Tanka energizes graduate student for classes, studying
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our new Facebook fan Kara is a graduate student at Montana State University in Bozeman. She is working on her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership.

She posted the above photo saying that she devoured her first Tanka Bar while sitting in class (more...)



921. Jun 28, 2013
Earth Tipi continues to inspire self-sufficiency on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The nonprofit organization Earth Tipi organized several fruit tree plantings last month throughout the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation which was part of a grant secured by the Fruit Free Planting Foundation (more...)



923. Jun 25, 2013
Native writer Gyasi Ross stops by Tanka booth at RES
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Tanka president, Mark Tilsen, along with CEO, Karlene Hunter, recently attended the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development's Reservation Economic Summit .

Here Mr. Tilsen is pictured at the event (on the right) with a long-time friend of Tanka, (more...)



925. Jun 20, 2013
VIDEO: The Food Channel highlights Tanka as unique, healthy product
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Tanka Bar is featured in one of The Food Channel's videos from the recent National Restaurant Association Show.

Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications, was at the show and The Food Channel interviewed her about our Tanka products (more...)



927. Jun 19, 2013
Tanka leadership team make connections at the NCAIED Reservation Economic Summit
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our CEO, Karlene Hunter and Mark Tilsen, president, are currently at the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development's Reservation Economic Summit. Ms. Hunter is on the board of directors for NCAIED (more...)



928. Jun 18, 2013
Tanka named a top trend in natural food
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The Sterling-Rice Group recently named Tanka Bar as a top wholesome food for men in group's report on "10 Top Trends in the Natural and Organic Space for 2013."

The company is headquartered in Boulder, CO, and is a global leader in integrated brand strategy, innovation and communications (more...)



929. Jun 17, 2013
Massachusetts foodie sings Tanka's praises
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We just discovered Naomi over at 1fitfoodie.com when she tweeted that she just discovered us at Whole Foods Market.

Naomi, who is a CSF Bikini competitor and self-professed health nut, wrote that she "found the Rolls Royce of jerky (more...)



931. Jun 17, 2013
Tanka team increases efficiency through warehouse training
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Some of our team just went through training on our warehouse management system and worked on direct issues in relation to our inventory.

David Tilsen, who manages the system, and Sam Wegner came in from Minnesota to head up the training (more...)



932. Jun 14, 2013
Youth look to create suicide awareness with a Ride for Life: 'When you are on that horse, you are honoring life'
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Set on horseback, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation youth rode from Wanblee, SD, to Pine Ridge, SD, this week to speak up about the epidemic of suicide. The ride took three days with stops in between the nearly 100-mile ride (more...)



933. Jun 13, 2013
Food blogger wins prizes after participating in Tanka survey
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We recently had a survey in which we asked what you thought about your social media experience with Tanka. At the end of it, we asked for your email in order to be entered into a random drawing for Tanka prizes (more...)



934. Jun 12, 2013
Tanka proves to be a good energy source for pow wow season
the Tanka Team
Reuben Crowfeather is one of our biggest fans and never fails to crack us up with his antics. In this video he's in his pow wow gear ready to compete but takes a little time to give Tanka a shout out.

More videos from Reuben Crowfeather below:

Hunkpapa Lakota fan keepin' real (more...)



936. Jun 12, 2013
Annual Oglala Lakota Veterans Pow Wow in Pine Ridge brings color, tradition to reservation
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Although stormy conditions dampened the second day of the 25th Annual Oglala Lakota Veterans Pow Wow in Pine Ridge, SD, participants and attendees enjoyed gorgeous weather on the last day.

The pow wow took place the weekend of June 7 and brought dancers and spectators from all over the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, outlining areas and even a few people from out of state (more...)



938. Jun 11, 2013
The Eugene Rowland 30th Anniversary Run: Family using history to create a healthy future
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The Eugene Rowland 30th Anniversary Run took place in Pine Ridge, SD, the weekend before Father's Day as a commemorative effort to honor its namesake. The event was a 5K run and 1 mile fun run/walk.

Eugene Rowland, born Aug (more...)



940. Jun 07, 2013
Vine Congregational Church tours Tanka Bar headquarters
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
A dear friend of mine, Kevin Abourezk, reached out to me about a month ago and asked if it would be OK to stop by and get a tour of the Tanka Bar building for his church group.

Kevin attends Vine Congregational Church (more...)



941. Jun 07, 2013
Tanka Bar fuels retired Army Ranger while out in the field
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our Facebook friend Greg Baker, a big fan of Tanka Bar, retired three years ago as an Army Ranger.

Now he spends his time going on combat patrols with service people 30 years younger than him to share "what kept me alive for 24 years (more...)



943. Jun 06, 2013
Oglala Lakota College students gear up for graduation
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Several students, families and faculty gathered this week at Oglala Lakota College for Graduate Day.

Graduates get together to take group photos, receive their invitations and get more information about their graduation day (more...)



945. Jun 05, 2013
Tanka is going strong at UNFI West Winter Holiday Show
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications at Tanka, is currently exhibiting our Tanka products at the United Natural Foods, Inc. West Winter Holiday Show in the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR (more...)



947. Jun 05, 2013
Chicago police officer finds Tanka arresting
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Gary of the Chicago Police Department stopped by the Tanka booth at the recent National Restaurant Association Show . Apparently he's a big fan of Tanka. Here he is holding up at Tanka Bar and one of our new (more...)



949. Jun 05, 2013
'Tanka products help me live healthier and control my diabetes' ~ Charles from Belle Fourche
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
05.07.13 Grandma and Grandpa and health By charles from Belle Fourche

Grand parents lived in St. Francis and visiting them in the summers looking back they were always healthy and living a simple life and content (more...)



950. Jun 04, 2013
Tanka CEO's daughter to be a featured Native artist at The Journey Museum
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Stephanie Hunter-Sorbel, daughter of Tanka CEO Karlene Hunter, is a gifted artist specializing in quillwork and beadwork.

Some of her work will be featured at The Sioux Indian Museum located in The Journey Museum in Rapid City, SD (more...)



951. Jun 04, 2013
Find Tanka on Costco.com's Cyber Summer deals
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We are happy to announce we are part of Costco.com's Cyber Summer promotion.

The email blast went out to costco.com's consumers this week and our ad is on the sixth row from the bottom on the righthand side (more...)



952. Jun 03, 2013
Paleo in a Food Desert: Perfection is not imminent
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
One thing that hasn't changed since moving to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is my occasional lack of desire to cook for myself.

I moved to the location of our headquarters, Kyle, SD, in January (more...)



954. May 30, 2013
The Badlands offer beautiful views, colorful sunsets
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation offers so many gorgeous views that are a lovely alternative to a city skyline.

I spent my whole life living near a big city and I didn't travel a lot growing up. Living in Kyle, SD, has been the first time I've had so much access to miles and miles of sprawling scenery (more...)



956. May 29, 2013
Tanka Bars on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation creates success, jobs
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Sioux Falls, SD, television station KSFY interviewed the Tanka team earlier this month . Reporter Courtney Collen was doing a story on Tanka for the station's "Made in South Dakota" feature.

The story finally aired this week, which you can (more...)



959. May 28, 2013
Native filmmakers nosh on Tanka on the set of new short film
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart of the Tanka team sent this photo of her friends Martin Sensemeier and Brodie Lane Stevens eating Tanka Bites on the set of the upcoming short film, The Gift (more...)



961. May 28, 2013
Gluten-free fan relies on Tanka for tasty travel food
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Christy Vaughn Miller is one of our great fans who posted this photo to our Facebook page . She took Tanka on vacation to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

She wrote to us, as well, saying, " (more...)



963. May 24, 2013
Find some of your favorite Tanka products at Cedar Pass Lodge in SD
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Darla Cook, general manager at Cedar Pass Lodge at Badlands National Park, stopped by the office this week.

She ordered several cases of our Tanka Dog Retail Packs and some of our (more...)



965. May 22, 2013
California health store shares their 'major Tanka love'
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Healing Heart Vitamins in Moorpark, CA, posted the above photo on their Instagram and we got the tweet from their twitter account as well which read, "Major Tanka love. Come get your buffalo bites & sticks for a great protein boost!" We love their marketing (more...)



967. May 21, 2013
Tanka is 'child's play' for one little member of the Tanka team
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
One-year-old Kaia Hunter is part of the Tanka team and likes to run around the office, saying, "hi" and "bye" while blowing kisses. She particularly enjoys eating Tanka Bars and it's not uncommon to see her playing and socializing while gnawing on one (more...)



969. May 21, 2013
'This takes jerky to a whole new level!'
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
This group stopped by our booth at the National Restaurant Association show in Chicago where our Tanka team is exhibiting our products . After trying Tanka for the first time, these guys said, "This takes jerky to a whole new level!" (more...)



971. May 20, 2013
National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago proves to be a success for Tanka
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications, along with our business manager, Dawn Sherman, are in Chicago for the National Restaurant Association Show this week.

The team is exhibiting with American Indian Foods (more...)



972. May 16, 2013
Professor from Wheaton College stops by Tanka office, plans future trip with students
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
Gene Green, a professor of New Testament from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, stopped by the Tanka office for a visit.

He had some business in Porcupine, SD, which isn't far from our headquarters in Kyle (more...)



974. May 15, 2013
Tanka off to a busy start at the UNFI East Winter Holiday Show
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Linda Crider, our director of marketing and communications, is currently at the United Natural Foods, Inc. East Winter Holiday Show at MGM Grand in Ledyard, CT.

The Tanka booth number is 402. Linda has already had a steady stream of visitors who are interested in our products and want to try our new Apple Orange Peel flavor (more...)



976. May 15, 2013
Tribal law instructor and author visits Tanka Bar headquarters
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Former judge Patrick Lee, a Tribal Laws, Treaties and Government instructor at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, stopped by the office recently.

We chatted with him for a bit about his new book and work at the college (more...)



978. May 14, 2013
REI College Park gets in the Tanka Bar spirit
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Tanka team member Danaj Edmond recently worked a table at REI in College Park, MD, where she shared information about Tanka and gave out samples. In the above photo, she and REI staffer Niama Bryant (left) take a moment to show off Tanka products (more...)



980. May 13, 2013
Whip up a Tanka twist on the basic egg scramble
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Just to let you know, this tastes WAY better than it looks! And I promise there were no leftovers. I wanted to call this a Tanka Stir Fry Egg Scramble but I'm sure that title is too long!

Egg scrambles are a nice alternative to a basic lunch plus it is pretty quick and easy to make (more...)



982. May 10, 2013
'Thanks to Tanka for listening to a loyal customer'
the Tanka Team
We just received a wonderful testimonial from one of our Natural Specialty Sales reps. NSS is one of our great broker partners. The woman who wrote it is a buyer for our retail partner Natural Grocers in Arvada, CO (more...)



983. May 09, 2013
Give Dad some bison love for Father's Day
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We are offering all TANKA GOURMET GIFT BASKETS for 20% OFF plus FREE SHIPPING through June 9. Just enter the special coupon code: FATHERSDAY2013 or call 1-800-416-7212 and mention the code with your order (more...)



984. May 09, 2013
'Eating these bars makes my body so happy'
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
The following list is Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for April.


04.01.13 Spicy Tanka Bites are my fav!! By Mary from Spokane

I'll admit: I'm addicted. The spicy Tanka bites are just spicy enough, while still maintaining a bit of the sweetness from the fruit (more...)



985. May 07, 2013
Tanka CEO's family stops by office for a visit
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our CEO Karlene Hunter has a large family that is located all over the country. There are nine brothers and sisters on her mother's side and eight on her father's side.

This week some of her first cousins dropped by the Tanka headquarters -- Cyndy Reddy of Lincoln, NE, and Maxine DuBray of Mission, SD (more...)



987. May 07, 2013
Family and beauty surrounds annual Gathering of Nations Powwow
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Danielle S. Harrison, one of our Native health bloggers, was one of thousands who participated in the 30th Annual Gathering of Nations -- Native American Powwow in Albuquerque, NM. The event is huge and represents the rich and varied Native community from all over the world with the goal being "to promote Native American Indian culture and dispel stereotypes created about indigenous peoples (more...)



990. May 06, 2013
Tanka team member learns how to live paleo in a food desert
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
NOTE: This was originally posted on 1/7/13.

I started working for Tanka Bar in 2010.

Up until then, I had never heard of paleo or primal living. I read more about it after seeing how many people following this lifestyle were Tanka fans (more...)



992. May 06, 2013
Paleo in a Food Desert: Spicy Tanka Bites Stir Fry
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing

NOTE: This was originally posted on 2/7/13.

It's been a month now living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of our Tanka headquarters. The reservation is what the US government considers a "food desert" which is "a district with little or no access to large grocery stores that offer fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet (more...)



994. May 06, 2013
Paleo in a Food Desert: How to make deer steak stew
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
NOTE: This was originally posted on 1/16/2013.

I have lived on the Pine Ridge Reservation, home to our Tanka headquarters, for a little over two weeks now and, because of back-to-back bad weather weekends, I haven't left for "the city (more...)



996. May 06, 2013
Tanka Recipe: Spicy Pepper Blend Salad
Jenice Johnson, manager of marketing and communications
I really like to cook but it can be so time consuming. Yesterday morning I had an epiphany when I was pressed for time to decide what to do for my lunch. I wanted to make a salad quickly but wanted it to have meat (more...)



998. May 06, 2013
Buffalo: The original "local" meat
Linda Crider, Director of Marketing and Communications
The "new" concept of eating only locally grown foods is not a new idea at all. Native Americans were the first "locavores," extremely sensitive to seasonal availability of vegetables and fruits and the movements of animal herds (more...)



1000. May 06, 2013
Smoky-Sweet Tanka Wraps
Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP
Ingredients:
1 cup bulgur, cooked
1/2 ripe avocado
10 Smoky-Sweet >" target="story">Tanka Bites Traditional bison-cranberry bites
1 tablespoon chives, chopped
2 large orange peppers, finely diced
1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
1/2 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 heads Red Leaf lettuce, (more...)