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Native American Natural Foods: A 2011 Social Venture Network Award Winner | Care2 Causes

Native American Natural Foods: A 2011 Social Venture Network Award Winner | Care2 Causes

From the scraggy peaks of the Badlands National Park, to rolling prairie, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota covers over two million acres. It’s also a food desert, but that didn’t stop Oglala Lakota tribal member Karlene Hunter and her business partner Mark Tilsen from co-founding a social venture in 2005 called Native American Natural Foods . In fact, it spurred them on to do so. With an unemployment rate of 72%, the Pine Ridge Reservation is the third poorest county in the United States, and Tilsen and Hunter are determined to bolster the local economy. Tilsen and Hunter’s company makes snack foods based on traditional Native American recipes. Their premier product, the Tanka Bar, a mix of dried buffalo meat and berries, is based on the Lakota traditional food called wasna which, as Tilsen explains, means “all mixed up.” In addition to promoting the Nativ...

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