Charging Buffalo Facility Entering Final Phase
The construction team is preparing to insulate and sheetrock the interior of the building. Next to be installed is commercial grade glass board, a requirement for commercial food-handling buildings.
The project is very close to being operational on a small scale.
On a test run, two buffalo and four deer were processed. The facility crew was able to complete the job in a fraction of the normal time, with safer conditions and a higher yield of product. It will only get better from there.
Once complete, the building will be able to house a considerable inventory. Not only will it serve the One Spirit Food program, but will also provide services to area hunters, livestock operators, ranchers and the OST Parks Buffalo and Elk Division. It is one more way that revenue will stay on the reservation and benefit the people.
Members of the Charging Buffalo crew and the Lakota community are excited, realizing that completion is so close. The project signifies a bright future for their people and a way to permanently end hunger on the reservation.
About the Bring Back the Buffalo Project
Buffalo have been critical to the survival of the Lakota people for hundreds of years. They were not only used as a source of food, but also shelter, clothing and tools. Today the buffalo stand as a symbol of hope and resilience.
The Lakota and One Spirit are working to bring back the buffalo to Pine Ridge. With the buffalo, they can end hunger on the reservation.
This a monumental step in creating food sovereignty on the reservation. One Spirit is partnering with the Lakota community to make it happen.
You can be part of this defining moment in Lakota history. The Bring Back the Buffalo Project will ensure that there are reliable food sources on the reservation. It will be a game-changer in ending hunger.
The Bring Back the Buffalo Project will:
- Increase the buffalo herd on the reservation
- Set up a USDA-certified meat processing facility
- Make traditional meats available for the Food Program
- Create local employment
- Keep funds on the reservation
With your help, we can make it happen. Please stand with the Lakota and bring food sovereignty to Pine Ridge.
April 2017 Buffalo House Update
Bamm Brewer discusses the Bring Back the Buffalo Project
We've made great progress so far. The following are photos of the work being done.
Ceiling lights installed by Al Sutton Electric of Rapid City, SD
First commercial wall boards being installed.
The building exterior, completed and ready for furnishing on the inside.
Insulation of the interior walls.
Installing drywall along the outer walls.
Wall to ceiling completed section.
Some of the construction crew, hard at work.