Feast and Field heads north to learn about the national mammal: bison (or buffalo, the word Native American nations use to refer to this respected animal) from South Dakota’s Lakota tribe.
The Lakota reside on the Rosebud Reservation and are in the middle of a five-year initiative to bring the buffalo back to their land. When completed, it has the potential to be the largest Native-managed herd in the U.S. We learn about the Lakota’s cultural connection to the animal that transcends beyond just a food source — as well as their plans for an equitable food future, one that is gaining global attention.
But first: What’s the difference between buffalo and bison? They are entirely different animals, it turns out. Plus, chef Nicholas Skajewski, owner and executive chef at Skajewski Catering in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, shares three of his favorite bison recipes for when you wish to try an alternative to beef.
The Lakota’s commitment to restoring bison to their lands has far-reaching effects, even combatting climate change.
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Leaner than beef, bison can be healthier for those looking to reduce fat intake. Try bison burgers, sandwiches or rib eye from Skajewski Catering.
See what life is like on South Dakota’s Wolakota Buffalo Range and why the bison is a critical part of Lakota’s past, present and future.