Tribal members and film director take tour of Tanka headquarters

July 09, 2014

Me with Steven Lewis Simpson, director of Rez Bomb.

Chris Korpi, who has a BS in Geological Engineering, loves Tanka Bars and claims to have lost over 70 pounds eating them.

He is the assistant vice president for Native American Relations and Business Development at Business Intelligence Systems Solutions, a company that came to visit our headquarters this week. BIS2 (pronounced "Biz Squared") provides advanced business intelligence analytics using cutting edge data visualization software for companies generating or collecting large amounts of data.

The company gave many Native Americans (Colville, Oglala, Osage, Muscogee Creek, St Regis Mohawk, Tule River, Chukchansi, Morongo, Pauma, Torres-Martinez, San Pasqual, Navajo, Cree, Gila River, Miwok, and a gentleman from Laguna Beach) the opportunity to see the sites in South Dakota as well as introduce them to the Tanka Bar. All the people on the trip, in some way, were a part of Mr. Korpi's company and this vacation's purpose was to show them appreciation.

The tour was set up by former Tanka Bar employee, Jayson Brave Heart. He is now vice president of Tribal X. He reached out to our CEO, Karlene Hunter, and she was happy to answer the group's questions and gave them insight on our business model. Mark Tilsen, Tanka president, assisted Ms. Hunter with the presentation.

I got to meet Steven Lewis Simpson -- a writer, producer and director who was with the BIS2 group. He made the documentary Thunder-Being Nation and the movie Rez Bomb. Mr. Simpson is a very nice guy and also told me about how to keep up with their journey by following the hashtag #SDBIS2 and #BHBIS2.

Thanks everyone for stopping in and we hope you all have a wonderful time here in SD.

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