The World's Largest Native-Owned and Managed Buffalo Herd
Our venture is grounded in Lakota values and thought, which means we take a holistic view of our operations. We are not focused solely on profit, but instead will implement a regenerative management plan that is infused with Lakota wisdom.
A core belief of the Lakota is that we are all related. This tenant extends to animal species, which is why we are deeply committed to low-stress, humane handling techniques. Our animals will be 100% grass-fed and we will only partner with organizations who make the same commitment.
Once fully stocked, our herd will be the largest Native-owned and managed herd in the world. Additionally, thanks to our strategic partnerships, we will also have one of the most genetically diverse herds in the world!
Nowhere is the historical bond between Native Americans and buffalo more evident than with the Lakota. It is impossible to understate the value the animal has to our people and the impact that was felt when it was taken away.
Our current business model relies on selling surplus animals, but we are conducting a feasibility study for a meat processing plant as a way to amplify our impact and provide a life-changing source of food to our community..
In May 2020, the US Department of the Interior announced Wolakota as a prioritized recipient of surplus bison, meaning we will not have to purchase any animals for our herd.
We continue to work side by side with World Wildlife Fund in pursuit of our vision. We have also received guidance from industry leaders and innovators such as Turner Ranches, 777 Bison Ranch, and Wild Idea Buffalo Co.
As Lakota we are taught to consider the next Seven Generations when making decisions. This project is a perfect example of an initiative that emphasizes sustainability and builds long-term capacity in our community.
Our 28,000 acre property is the exact mixed grass habitat upon which buffalo thrived for millennia. We have a huge opportunity to enact ecological regeneration on a landscape scale.