Two of the over 300 head of bison roaming the hills of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes’ reservation in Concho, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: New business carries on tribal bison tradition

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Business Development Corporation Announces New Bison Meat Production Company
Black Prairie Bison to sell premium, fresh bison cuts, jerky sticks nationwide

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Business Development Corporation announces the launch of a new subsidiary, the Black Prairie Bison Company that will nationally provide premium, fresh bison cuts and jerky products. 

Headquartered in Concho, Oklahoma, Black Prairie Bison will raise and sell premium bison meat products direct-to-consumer online as well as to grocery stores, restaurants and retailers across the United States.

Black Prairie Bison products include traditional cuts, such as ribeyes and New York strips, as well as ground bison and bison jerky sticks. Its bison meat is Oklahoma-raised and all natural with no added antibiotics, chemicals or hormones.

The logo of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Business Development Corporation, the economic development arm of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. Image courtesy CABDC

For Black Prairie, better bison starts and ends with how the animals are raised. 

“The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes have a deep cultural connection to bison and our company will seek to honor this legacy in everything we do,” Ty Todd, CEO of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Business Development Corporation, said. “Our bison are raised the right way with humane, sustainable practices. They are primarily grass-fed, roam free in their natural habitat on Oklahoma plains and are processed minimally, allowing the rich, natural flavors and nutrients in bison meat to remain.”

Black Prairie Bison’s name refers back to a time, centuries ago, when North American plains were so full of bison that the prairie was commonly referred to as being “black” with them. Bison and a black prairie represented prosperity for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

Through high-volume production and nationwide distribution, Black Prairie Bison aims to strengthen Tribal communities by creating jobs and expanding access to healthier eating options. 

According to the National Bison Association, bison meat has a similar flavor profile to other red meat options while containing less fat and fewer calories than beef. Bison meat also has lower cholesterol than beef, chicken and turkey.

“Our company’s mission is to carry forward our rich legacy and relationship with the bison for the enrichment of both consumers and Tribal communities,” Todd said.

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Black Prairie Bison has already begun selling bison meat to select retailers and expects to begin selling its products online direct-to-consumer this fall.

For more information, please contact Sam Sims via email at or by phone at 405-413-8616.

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700 North Black Kettle Blvd.
Concho, OK 73022
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