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Epic Provisions took credit for Native-owned Tanka’s idea and built an empire on a foundation of misleading claims.

To hear the processed food industry tell it, the bison bar — the trendy, protein-dense snack now ubiquitous at high-end grocery stores across the country — has a clear, undisputed origin story. It was invented in 2011 by Katie Forrest and Taylor Collins, vegan endurance athletes who turned to meat to power their punishing training regimen.

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