Manataka™ American Indian Council
February 1, 2010
The Lakota Buffalo Caretakers Cooperative (LBCC) is a 100% Native American owned and operated cooperative association on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Its membership is made up of small family buffalo caretakers who respect the buffalo and the land. Members of the LBCC are committed to the restoration of the northern plains ecology, self-sufficiency and strengthening the sovereignty and self-determination of the Oglala Lakota Nation and all indigenous peoples.
Buffalo raised by members:
Pine Ridge Reservation
In recent years the buffalo have experienced a resurgence in their populations in North America but especially as on Native American Reservations as a both a viable strategy for economic development but also as a symbol of the resurgence of Native American communities and their healing of the sacred hoop of White Buffalo Calf Woman. Home of the Oglala Lakota Nation, the Pine Ridge Reservation was established during the 1876 Fort Laramie Treaty and encompasses a territory of approximately 2 million acres of the Northern Great Plains in southwest South Dakota. With a population of over 26,000, the Reservation exists today as one of the poorest places in the United States and lags far behind other parts of the United States in virtually all standards of human well-being. While most people on the reservation own significant amounts of land inherited from their parents and grandparents, very few people are have the resources to utilize it. In fact, nearly 60% of lands allotted to Lakota families during 1887 General Allotment Act are being leased out by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for an average of $3.50 per acre, although, most people (the median) are receiving only fifty cents per acre.
Naturally, this situation has had a dramatic impact on the overall economy on Pine Ridge. According to the USDA 2002 Census of Agriculture for American Indian Reservations of Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota, in 2002 there was nearly 33 million dollars in receipts from agricultural production on Pine Ridge, yet less than 1/3rd of that income went to members of the tribe.
While the members of the LBCC seek to earn some income from their herds, their overarching goal is to restore the buffalo, restore the native ecology on Pine Ridge, and help renew the sacred connection between the Lakota people and the buffalo nation. By purchasing meat from the LBCC you are supporting these goals. We also invite you to visit us and the buffalo on Pine Ridge.
The LBCC has partnered with Allied Natural Meats, Ltd. of Fort Collins, Colorado to facilitate the distribution of LBCC packaged meats.
Order Buffalo Meat Here: http://lakotabuffalocaretakers.org/order.html
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