Native Village Youth and Education News

March 1, 2009 Issue 195 Volume 3


Tanka Bar gets national award

KYLE, S.D. (AP) – The buffalo-and-cranberry Tanka Bar made by an American Indian-owned company in Kyle has received an editor’s choice award from national magazine, The Gourmet Retailer.

The Gourmet Retailer focuses on the gourmet and specialty foods industry.

Native American Natural Foods is based on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It launched the all-natural bar in 2007.  Tanka bars are now available at about 1,500 retail locations and online.

Company CEO Karlene Hunter said the magazine picks only a handful of products to recommend each month.

The Tanka Bar is a modern version of the traditional Lakota food called wasna.

Bison meat is high in protein and low in cholesterol. The cranberries add antioxidants and a sweet, natural flavor.


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