Good thing we were working when the<br>Department of Labor stopped by!

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Good thing we were working when the
Department of Labor stopped by!

2010-07-01
By Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern

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The lure of hot, juicy Tanka Dogs brought us three new friends today when some friendly folks stopped at our cafe for a quick lunch.

We were happy to welcome Craig Lewis (Mohave/Choctaw), a federal project officer with the U.S. Department of Labor, and Sonya French-Begay, (Dine) a workforce analyst with DOL, to Tanka HQ. Both are from Washington, D.C.

Escorted by Bonnie Brown (Oglala Lakota), Workforce Investment Act director for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the three of them said they were driving around the reservation looking at local area businesses who have grants from their program to see if they need any help and to just pay them a visit.

While Tanka is not a grantee of their program, we're really glad they decided to stop by. Led by my colleague Eric Pourier, the group toured our sales, marketing and fulfillment operations and met the Tanka team.

Mr. Lewis, who oversees 27 Native American Employment and Training grants, said he first found out about Tanka Bars about two years ago when a co-worker ordered a box and let the office try them.

A resident of Pine Ridge, Ms. Brown, said this was her first time to visit our cafe and headquarters. She said she was happy she was "finally seeing something positive here on the reservation."

We're happy about that, too, and very glad these new friends stopped by!

For more information: DOL's Indian and Native American Program




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