Farm and Ranch Program
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Farm and Ranch Program provides operation and management of over $1 million in farming assets, which include more than 250 head of buffalo, cattle, crops,farming equipment, and Tribal Reserves. The program also serves as a steward to preserve and maintain tribally-owned lands, cultural sites, agricultural lease management, livestock, and water resources, while also promoting environmental sustainability.
In an effort to highlight the nutritional and cultural benefits of a traditional diet, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Buffalo Program provides buffalo meat to tribal elders and tribal members who have been diagnosed with, or are at risk of, diabetes. Working in collaboration with the tribes’ Farming and Ranch program, buffalo meat is provided to participants each quarter, along with recipes and nutritional information.
In addition to the distribution of buffalo meat, the Buffalo Program also works with the Farming and Ranch program to promote and enhance the tribal buffalo herd while also contributing to the research, evaluation, and development of other facets of bison restoration, as well as the management of tribally controlled land and herds.