LOWER BRULE, S.D. (AP) – A tribally owned popcorn manufacturer in South Dakota is gaining accolades for its products and job opportunities.
Situated on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation, Lakota Foods is the first and only Native American-owned company that packages and distributes popcorn. The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe started the business about seven years ago and now produces about 17 million pounds of popcorn each year.
Barry Heiss is the manager of the Lower Brule Farm Corporation. He says Lakota Foods is unique because the popcorn is raised, cleaned and packaged in South Dakota.
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan recently toured the Lakota Foods plant while learning about South Dakota’s agriculture industry.
She boasted about Lakota Foods’ ability to take a basic product and add value to it.
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