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Tanka and Niman Ranch Partner to Promote Sustainability in Native Livestock Operations

Native American Natural Foods’ Tanka brand will partner with Niman Ranch to help build a humane and sustainable Native American supply of bison, cattle, and other pasture raised animals raised on Native prairie by Native people. The new alliance aims to support the economic revitalization on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. According to a press release, the alliance with Niman Ranch will help NANF gain market stability with combined access to new markets, capital, and expertise for greater opportunities with current Native producers and clear incentives for new Native ranchers to join. The plan will include a new focus on utilizing the full animal with higher value cuts for food service and retail, opportunities to grow the brand with current and new customers, a rebranding with the goal for a U.S.-raised, third-party Certified Humane® seal, and a network of advisors and on-the-ground support.