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Help us create the first fully Indigenous restaurant experience! #thesiouxchef
2,358 backers pledged $148,728 to help bring this project to life.

Sweet success!!


Sioux Chef Kickstarter backers,

As you know, we hit our first goal today at 10:54 AM (CST) two weeks ahead of the end of our campaign. Our team has been screaming, texting, high-fiving, fainting,laugh-crying, and group hugging ever since. We couldn't post an update for two hours because we are in a state of disbelief and euphoria!! 

When Chef Sean had this idea ten years ago he knew that there could be true Native American restaurants, and he slowly started working on educating himself on what the fundamentals of an Indigenous food system are. Two years ago, he formally started the company The Sioux Chef, and Dana came on one month later. Our team has grown and now we have seven team members, and each one of these wonderful humans are completely committed to propelling the concept of bringing the awareness of these foods to as many people as possible. 

Hopefully we can bring people in from tribal regions to learn about these foods, and then bring that knowledge back to their communities. You helped us get closer to these goals! You are coming along with us on that path, too! Each one of you has invested in us... That humbles us! Thank you! We are so happy to have you in our Kickstarter tribe! 

We have two more weeks of fundraising. The more we raise, the less funds we will need in traditional financing options, and the less risk there will be for us. Two more weeks to get the word out, two more weeks to make new friends and to raise awareness of the importance of these foods that are beautiful, delicious medicine. 

In other words, we are going to keep sprinting on this thing. 

Kickstarter Goal Success!
Kickstarter Goal Success!


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      Heather on

      Congratulations! I am so excited for you!

    2. Tracy Singleton on

      Congratulations to you all! I knew you'd make it!

    3. David Schaal on

      Chante mawaste do!

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      Rose Tarpein Dalton on

      Fantastic! I knew you would do it :D I hope to dine w you one day... Meanwhile, wishing you great success & congratulations! I believe your restaurant will prove to be a trendsetter as well as an inspiration to others. Many blessings, Echo of the Rose

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      Donna Agah on

      So very happy that you met your goal and will be able to open your restaurant. i wish you much success as well as opportunities to make our native foods available more broadly throughout the country for home cooks. Congratulations!

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      Pete Gruendeman on

      > ...and each one of these wonderful humans are completely committed to propelling the
      > concept of bringing the awareness of these foods to as many people as possible.
      And we are committed to learning from your ancestors, people who lived very well off this land for millennia.

    7. Bridget Clark on

      Huge congratulations!!! Cannot wait to come enjoy your cuisine!

      Bridget Clark
      (Launching Benta Belts on KS 9/1!!)

    8. Brenda Brousseau on

      The thought you put into everything you make is so important.

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      Molly Broder on

      So happy for you! Congratulations!