Meet My Neighbor Productions is committed to diversifying film funding. Our goal is to keep our documentaries sincere and free of persuasion. The original estimated production costs of the Native Film were $250,000.00 however due to market conditions and an extension of the scope of work, the film will likely exceed the original estimated budget.
This film has been made possible through the contributions and partnerships with the following organizations.
Listed by order of Category and Support Level, the documentary is made possible by Production Partners, Broadcast Partners, Association Partners, Industry Partners, and Bison Ranches.
Grant Production Partners
National Buffalo Foundation
In recent years, the National Buffalo Foundation Board of Directors have focused on the current needs of the industry and the general public while working to expand the financial resources needed to fund some very promising future projects.
The Mission of the National Buffalo Foundation is:
To be the major trusted funding source for bison research and education. We will continue to provide leadership by creating and strengthening partnerships to proactively enhance the future of the bison.
Broadcast Production Partners
Yanasa Ama Ventures, LLC – Social Media Distributing Partner.
Yanasa Ama Ventures is an Agricultural Media Broadcaster and Film Producer.
Yanasa TV, a Yanasa Ama Ventures Broadcast Network uses it’s growing media presence to boost the social media exposure of agricultural documentary and informational films. In addition to it’s large social networks, Yanasa TV is launching a Fire TV and Roku App in the winter of 2021/2022 to further showcase Meet My Neighbor Productions and other quality Agricultural Films.
Opaliris Studios, a Yanasa Ama Ventures Videography and Post Production company has filmed and produced numerous for profit and not for profit films over the years for both Yanasa TV and other projects and clients including contributing footage of the Eastern Cherokee to the PBS Documentary Searching for Sequoyah.
Yanasa Ama Ventures is a broadcast partner and production partner in the Native project.
Sponsorship Level Partnerships
In the 1930’s Armando Flocchini Sr., purchased the Durham Meat Company in San Francisco where he worked as a butcher. In 1965 he purchased a 55,000 acre bison ranch near Wright, Wyoming and renamed it Durham Ranch. In 1985 Durham Meats purchased Sierra Meat & Seafood in Reno Nevada.
Today Durham Ranch is rated one of the best ranches in the United States for the quality of its products and high standards in raising bison. The ranch comprises 55,000 acres of land where the original bison were sourced directly from Yellowstone National Park, making this herd and land very unique and special.
The Durham Ranch name is one that represents far more than a beautiful stretch of land in northeast Wyoming. The name represents family. From Armando the butcher, to his two sons and their six children and even two great grandchildren who are following in his footsteps, committing to provide the highest quality products and experience to our customers.
Consumers today care about where their food comes from. Chefs and retailers are being rewarded by consumers for featuring meat that is natural and that has been sustainably raised.
The Durham Ranch Brand is answering the call with an extensive line of specialty meat cared for by families on small farms and ranches and by Mother Nature in the wild.
Rocky Mountain Natural Meats
Great Range Brand Bison
Great Range Bison brings you the finest bison cuts directly from the premier bison ranches in North America. Our bison are raised without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones and are fed a vegetarian diet of grasses and grains. For the past 30 years, we have worked closely with our rancher/producers to ensure their bison are raised sustainably. Through this partnership we can bring you, the consumer, the best fresh bison cuts on the market today.
North American Bison LLC
Since 1993, North American Bison, LLC, proud suppliers of TenderBison, has been on a mission. It’s our goal to partner with respected independent ranchers who raise bison naturally and humanely to help us bring the very best to your plate.
Now, over 28 years later, we’re continuing to build on that mission and growing our brand in the process. Our all-natural and family farm-sourced bison can be found in grocery stores and restaurants worldwide.
We exist to deliver the very best to everyone we serve. Count on us to never waiver in our commitment to craftsmanship and a higher quality product every family can savor.
Mosquito Park Enterprises, LLC
Mosquito Park Buffalo
Located in central South Dakota, our team of professional bison handlers have created a high-quality, low-stress environment to raise healthy bison.
Rod Sather (Owner) has been involved with the bison industry since 1972. We are life members of National Bison Association and several state and regional associations. With the vast array of personal knowledge and an enormous network of fellow bison producers, Mosquito Park Buffalo has the resources to produce.
The current overall herd size is approximately 150 breeding animals with 2 herds. Looking out over the long term goal, our plan is to increase to 3 herds and 400-450 animals. Our primary focus customers are fellow ranchers looking to diversify their herd genetics and provide animals for finishing operations. The vast majority of our genetics are found to be from the Fort Niobrara Nebraska, National Bison Range Montana, Wind Cave National Park South Dakota, with the recent addition of bulls with Yellowstone genetics.
National Buffalo Museum
North American Bison Discovery Center
The National Buffalo Museum is the number one resource for all things related to the restoration of the American bison, including its historic, ecological, economic, and cultural value.
The National Buffalo Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to advocate for the restoration of the North American bison through education and outreach. We derive operating funds to support our mission from museum membership, admission, programs, store income, grants, and ND charitable gaming proceeds.
Discover the North American bison through interactive and rotating exhibits about the natural history, cultural significance, and ecological impact of the United States’ national mammal. Learn about the bison’s near extinction and the work continuing today to restore the species.
Rangeland Premium Bison
Rangeland Bison and Elk was started in 2000, by Swiss immigrant farmer / rancher Armin Mueller. Arriving in Canada at the ripe age of 21 Armin had a deep love and romance for the the Canadian west. Coming from a dairy background Armin ventured into what he at that time knew best and so built up a successful dairy herd west of Lacombe Alberta; however something was missing and over time he realized he had a deeper desire to work even closer with nature.
Today Rangeland is committed to supply customers in the high end food service and retail markets worldwide looking for a healthy, tasty and exclusive choice in red meat with the best quality bison and elk meat.
We are committed to supply customers in the high-end food service and retail markets worldwide looking for a healthy, tasty and exclusive choice in red meat with the best quality bison and elk meat. We are committed to supporting the local Canadian bison and elk producers and their families by buying local bison and elk and be a fair partner in all marketing aspects. We are committed to support the local Canadian domestic processing industry.
Noble Premium Bison
Now more than ever, consumers want to know about the meat they eat—where it comes from, how it’s raised and what goes into making it. Noble Premium Bison is a brand born and raised in Canada, by two Canadians with a mutual passion for animal care, sustainable agriculture, and healthy, safe food. Our bison are Canadian and so are we.
When you buy our premium bison products, you’re supporting both Canadian farm and ranching families, local businesses and sustainable agriculture. That’s key to continuing a healthy rural, agriculture and bison industry across the prairies.
At Noble Premium Bison, we raise over 4000 head of bison as nature intended. Using restorative grazing practices, we’re ensuring the sustainability of our animals and the land they live on by:
- raising our bison on larger pastures
- maintaining a habitat that is natural to the species and other flora and fauna
- utilizing good grazing practices to enhance soil fertility naturally
- encouraging biodiversity above and below ground to help sequester carbon in the soil
- undergrazing the land to establish forages that are high quality and suited to the ecosystem
Buffalo Wool Company
Theresa & Ron Miskin
Our family has been raising bison for almost 30 years, and we are passionate about bringing you the best quality bison products. To achieve this, we’ve spent the last ten years developing a supply chain that brings together small mills, local designers, and large ranches. We believe that this chain, working together, can preserve one of America’s great symbols, while bolstering the U.S. economy by focusing on American Made products.
Dakota Pure Bison
The Assman and Heim Families
America’s meat brought to you buy the Assman and Heim Families in South Dakota.
The Assman Family has been farming and ranching in south-central South Dakota on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation for four generations. Scott Assman started looking into the bison industry while in college in late 2016, as beef cattle prices started to fall. Scott and his dad Mike were looking for something that would fit their model of sustainability better. It was very clear that the bison industry was what they had been looking for. They purchased their first animals in the fall of 2017.
The bison industry is nothing new to the Heim family! The Heim family has been very instrumental in the bison industry for decades. They spent many days traveling and handing out bison meat samples to help reveal the quality product to the public. The Heims believe in practicing sound animal husbandry and being good stewards of the land. They use the bison as a grass manager and will continue to restore the prairies to their original state as they were many years ago!
Heim Land & Bison
Alex and Cassie Heim
The Heim family has been very instrumental in the bison industry for decades. They spent many days traveling and handing out bison meat samples to help reveal the quality product to the public. The Heims believe in practicing sound animal husbandry and being good stewards of the land. They use the bison as a grass manager and will continue to restore the prairies to their original state as they were many years ago!
Alex Heim started to purchase and run animals alongside his father while still in high school. Throughout the last 20 years Alex has continued to operate and grow his own bison ranch – Heim Land & Bison. HLB is located near Wood, South Dakota, and currently owns and runs 950 head of breeding females. Alex and Cassie were married in 2011 and have 3 children – Luke, Kingston, & Sophia. HLB has had both bison and beef throughout the years. Two years ago they made the decision to disperse their beef cows and transition to all bison.
Over the last couple years with all the unknowns and market shifts, the Heims felt it was a vital step to start marketing their own bison meat and products to the public. They are excited to offer high quality bison meat to other families throughout the country. The Heims believe in practicing sound animal husbandry and being good stewards of the land. They use the bison as a grass manager and will continue to restore the prairies to their original state as they were many years ago!
Bigelow Fields Bison and Breadhouse
Nichole and Micheal Weaver
Veteran and family owned east coast bison ranch + bread house.
We are Michael, Nichole, Barrett and Nevada Weaver…first generation (second in the making!) ranchers building a bison ranch in western Maine. Michael is from Alaska, Nichole is from Stratton and now we proudly call Langtown home. We hope you’ll stop by the fields sometime for an in person chat and to visit our herd. We love to share our passion for bison and special views with our community so come say hi!
Texas Bison Association
The Texas Bison Association works to promote and preserve Texas bison through leadership, education and building public awareness for the bison ranching and meat industry. Founded in 1994, the Texas Bison Association provides assistance in raising and producing bison among our membership and promotes the nutritional health aspects of the Texas Bison to consumers. The TBA welcomes anyone with an interest in the preservation and promotion and production of this magnificent animal — the American buffalo.
777 Bison Ranch
The 777 Bison Ranch has been in the Hillenbrand family for over 40 years and has been raising bison for over 30 years. It is located in southwestern South Dakota, where the landscape is comprised of mixed, short grass prairie.
The 777 Bison Ranch raises its animals holistically, sustainably, and humanely. It has a strong belief to care for the land, plants, and the wildlife in the same manner. It plans for the whole, using Holistic Management, which has helped set its goals and achieve them.
Dakota Territory Buffalo Association
Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, deep within the heart of bison country, the Dakota Territory Buffalo Association was formed in 1996 by a group of bison producers from a twelve-state area and two Canadian provinces.
The DTBA, as the organization is commonly referred to, was formed to promote and educate the public about the growing bison industry. Over the years, the DTBA has grown to become a leading regional bison organization. The slogan used by the DTBA is “The Producer’s Association” to reflect the fact that the association belongs to, and works for, the producers who make up the membership.
Tesoro Ranch is a bison ranch located in Talco, Texas owned by Tina and Charlie Valdez.
Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch Thornville, Ohio
Eastern Bison Association
Corner Creek Farms Elk Point, AB, Canada