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 animals, which is why we are deeply committed to low-stress, humane handling techniques. Our animals will be 100% grass-fed and we will only do business 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 had 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 have already committed $75,000 to a feasibility study for a meat processing plant as a way to amplify our impact.
The ambitious and holistic nature of our idea has garnered substantial in-kind donations. We have a commitment of free bison that will save up to $2 million in start up costs.
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 Enterprises 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.
The 28,000 acre property that we are leasing is the exact mixed grass habitat upon which buffalo thrived for millenia. We have a huge opportunity to enact ecological regeneration on a landscape scale.