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The Maka Foundation is a way that you can directly support the programs and projects that you are most concerned about. There are many exciting and important projects underway that can only move forward as finances allow.

Projects such as reintroduction of the black-footed ferret and swift fox and the purchasing of critical habitat for species reintroduction and habitat development restores the balance of the environment. It also provides jobs and economic opportunity for Tribal members and a larger, healthier landbase for all sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts. Both Tribal members and visitors alike benefit from this wonderful work.

Our Lakota word for earth, its land, water and animals is “maka”. The Maka Foundation was formed in 2005 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and became fully operational in 2006. The Maka Foundation was created to support species recovery and conservation, to consolidate suitable habitats, restore degraded habitats, and to adequately educate and equip tribal members to become part of the recovery team.

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe had already successfully reintroduced bison, elk, wild turkey and many native plant species to the reservation; however there was more work to be done in making our environment healthier. Thus, the Maka Foundation was created and immediately began raising charitable funds from friends like you who share our concern for the environment, species reintroduction and habitat restoration.

If you would like more information about the programs and projects of the Lower Brule Department of Wildlife, Fish and Recreation, and how you can help, please contact the Maka Foundation.