Horses, Humans & Habitat

CANA Foundation advocates for wild horses as essential to ecological & spiritual balance.

CANA Foundation is a 501 (c)3 ​New York-based​ rewilding ​organization.​

​CANA Foundation’s re-wilding initiatives foster community empowerment,  land conservation and the sustainable management and preservation of America’s wild horse populations.

​CANA​ ​Foundation rescues,​ ​re-wilds,​ ​and re-homes​ ​wild​ ​horses ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​improve their​ ​quality​ ​of​ ​life​ ​and​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​they​ ​can​ ​live​ ​with​ ​dignity​ ​in​ ​a​ protected​ ​habitat,​ ​free​ ​from​ ​the risk​ ​of​ ​slaughter and out of Bureau of Land Management (BLM)  holding facilities. 

These initiatives simultaneously provide humanitarian incentives to the communities that welcome them home, while also empowering those with the knowledge and understanding of natural law and the original creation to become rightful stewards once again. 

Rewilding

RE-WILDING represents the belief that through protection of our indigenous species, conservation of our land and natural resources, and reconnecting to our native cultural heritage and traditions we can restore balance to our environment and our selves.  Rewilding responsibly supports harmony between humans, plants, and animals that encourages a beneficial and thriving ecosystem for today and tomorrow.

 

 

Our Initiatives

CANA Foundation Initiatives work through a combination of grants, advocacy efforts, public awareness campaigns and large scale media initiatives. 

We invite you to learn more about our projects and initiatives below and encourage you to become inspired and join the movement to rewild our world.

 

CANA’s​ ​non partisan, long term, sustainable rewilding​ ​initiatives:

  • Rescue, rewild and rehome America’s wild horses held in taxpayer funded holding facilities and at risk of roundups. 
  • ​Save​ ​and​ ​repurpose​ ​tax​ ​dollars​ ​in​ ​a​ ​more​ ​humane​ ​and​ ​considerate​ ​way.
  • Conserves and protects large tracts of American landscapes and habitats.
  • Work​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Bureau of Land Management (BLM)​ ​to​ ​relieve​ ​the overcrowding​ ​of​ ​horses​ ​in​ ​holding​ ​pens.
  • Unites native horses with native communities 
    • Native people can reconnect​ ​with​ ​their​ ​traditional​ ​ways​ ​and​ ​culture​ ​through​ ​the​ ​presence​ ​of​ ​the​ ​wild​ ​horse​ ​energy.
  • Empower those with the knowledge and understanding of natural law and the original creation to become rightful stewards once again.
  • Assist​ ​in​ ​creating​ ​opportunities​ & humanitarian initiatives ​for​ ​local​ ​communities that welcome horses onto their land:
    • Economic​ ​and​ ​Social​ ​Development​ ​Opportunities
    • Job​ ​Training​ ​Opportunities
    • Cultural​ ​Awareness​ ​Programs
    • Healthcare​ ​Initiatives
    • Organic​ ​Farming​ ​Initiatives
    • ​Environmentally Friendly​ ​and​ ​Sustainable​ ​Commerce​ ​Projects
Horses galloping

Galloping To Freedom: Saving The Adobe Town Appaloosas

Discover the story of how CANA Foundation teamed up with our partner and acclaimed photographer Carol Walker to reunite a band of horses separated by the infamous BLM 2014 Checkerboard Roundup.

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Rewilding 

Re-igniting Horse Culture in Native Communities  

This project, currently spearheaded by artist, activist and CANA Foundation ambassador Moses Brings Plenty addresses the controversial “overpopulation” of America’s wild horses through a unique rewilding opportunity.

CANA​ ​works​ ​to​ ​transport​ ​wild​ ​horses from BLM holding pens and places them​ ​on granted ​native lands to provide environmental, cultural and economic benefits to the local communities. 

This not​ ​only​ ​protects​ ​&​ ​preserves​ ​our​ wild ​horse​ ​populations,​ ​it​ ​honors​ ​two​ ​nations​ ​who​ ​have​ ​long suffered​ ​similar​ ​plights​,​ ​allowing​ ​them​​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​rewild together. 

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CANA Foundation Rewilding: Pilot Project
Prayer Keepers Sage Bundling Project

Prayer Keepers Sage Bundling Project

CANA Foundation’s Prayer Keepers project aims to reconnect native communities with their cultural and spiritual heritage while providing employment opportunities on reservations.

Native grandmothers (often times with the assistance of their daughters or granddaughters) collect, bundle and bless these sage smudge sticks by hand in the traditional fashion passing on this important cultural and spiritual knowledge to younger generations.

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Our Humanifesto

Treat the earth, and all creatures great and small, with respect.
Remain close to your inner purpose.
Show great consideration for your fellow beings.
Work together for the benefit of all mankind.
Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
Do what you know to be intuitively correct.
Look after the well being of your mind and body.
Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good, “Pay it forward.”
Be truthful and honest with yourself at all times.
Take full responsibility for your actions.

Be Naturally Considerate

The Team

Senior Leadership

Manda Kalimian
Founder/President
Manda Kalimian
Founder/President
Manda Kalimian is the visionary and founder of CANA Foundation; however, she is more commonly referred to as the whirling dervish behind the operation. Every single miracle that CANA Foundation supports is directly a result of the passion that our bold, blonde haired leader puts into the work that keeps the giving wheel turning behind the scenes at our organization.
Danielle DeVincentis
CMO
Danielle DeVincentis
CMO
Danielle DeVincentis is officially known as our Director of Marketing and Communications for CANA Foundation. Personally, however, she is better known as the “chief cook and bottle washer” for all things CANA related.
Steve Israel
Legislative Advisor
Steve Israel
Legislative Advisor
Steve Israel, in addition to being a highly effective Democratic Congressman from New York, is a longtime advocate for wild horses and public lands. In fact, he wrote the foreword to the critically-acclaimed “Galloping to Freedom”. Steve famously retired from his 16 years in the U.S. Congress as a strong critic of the campaign finance system. Steve recently joined CNN as a contributor to its political coverage.
Moses Brings Plenty
Director of Rangeland Relations
Moses Brings Plenty
Director of Rangeland Relations
Moses J. Brings Plenty is Lakota born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He is a direct descendant of Brings Plenty, an Oglala Lakota Holy Man who defended the Lakota Way of Life. Moses is an spiritual leader and dedicated to preserving culture and tradition.

Advisory Board

Jennifer Martucci
Jennifer Martucci
Marketing & Branding
Jennifer Martucci
Marketing & Branding
Jennifer Martucci is a New York based entrepreneur, inventor, mother of two and lifetime animal lover and advocate. Jennifer is not only a friend to CANA and the horse nation; but also a valued and integral creative and strategic advisor to our Foundation. A creative visionary, Jennifer uses her extensive media and creative connections to create meaningful rewilding experiences at CANA Foundation.
Judy Fuson
Advisor
Judy Fuson
Advisor
Judy Fuson is a gifted psychic, teacher, author and horse trainer with over twenty years experience in “talking with animals.” Judy Fuson has been a professional psychic and animal communicator for over twenty years. She offers readings focusing on Spirit Guides, developing individual psychic awareness, meditation and techniques to increase balance and prosperity in your life.
Carol J. Walker
Carol J. Walker
Photographer & Author
Carol J. Walker
Author & Photographer
Carol’s passion for photography started at an early age, with animals as her favorite subjects. She studied literature and photography as an undergraduate at Smith College, and continued her education in photography after graduating, studying portraiture and nature photography. Proceeds from the sales of Carol’s artwork and books fund her work to keep America’s wild horses wild and free.
Elise Lowe-Vaughn
Elise Lowe-Vaughn
Advisory Board Member
Elise Lowe-Vaughn
Advisory Board Member

Elise Lowe-Vaughn, our newest CANA Advisory Board Member, is lending her many years of legislative and intergovernmental labor leadership to CANA in her role as our Workforce Policy Advisor. As a legislative liaison for policy to three national groups including The Cloud Foundation, In Defense of Animals, Safe Foods-Safe Horses as well as a Colorado based Horse advocacy group Wild Equid League of Colorado (WELCO) and the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition (COWHC), Elise couldn’t be more ready to build on CANA’s amazing message of the need to save our horses to save our world. She already is spiritually connected to the CANA family by sharing her wisdom and talent of being able to link the important struggle of our horse friends with state and federal municipalities. Elise cares deeply about horses, humans and all animals and is seen here with her beautiful young rescue horse partner, Elon, in her home state of Colorado.

Valued Team Members

Malachi Davis
Malachi Davis
Malachi Davis
CANA Project Host & Blog Writer

Malachi Davis, once a highly recruited basketball player from New York City, adds a whole new aspect to the CANA Team. His friendships with NBA players and relationships with some big celebrities in the entertainment field make for some pretty essential partnerships. His ability to reach more urban areas allows CANA to reach a different demographic. Malachi majored in Creative Writing at New England College, and does a lot of blogs and writing pieces for the CANA Foundation. He is the host of our podcast: The CANA Project.