What is Rewilding?

Rewilding is where our work and reason for being begins. Rewilding is the restoration of select ancestral ways of living and nature originally created for the balance, harmony, and well being of our ecosystem. In addition, rewilding is the introduction or reintroduction of specific animal and plant species nature-designed to support, sustain, and balance the ecosystem and the energy of the environment. Nature in balance and as it was created to benefit all inhabitants.

CANA Foundation is developing innovative new rewilding solutions to reduce the controversial “overpopulation” of wild horses in our nation. Rewilding means restoring ancestral ways of living to create greater health and well-being for  humans and the ecosystems in which we belong.

Wild horses possess an amazing instinct giving them adaptive abilities to harmoniously fit into a variety of ecosystems, which they enhance. They greatly enrich the soils with humus and disperse the intact seeds of great variety of plants. Wild horses are restorers and healers of ecosystems.

Wild horses have deep cultural and emotional bonds connected to generations of ancestry native to indigenous lands and hold a powerful connection to earth for many native communities.

Returning wild horses to native land will not only rewild the horses, but also rewild the land’s resources and its people. Wild horses threatened with holding pens will instead be offered a space for them to  naturally rebalance the land as they have ecologically proven to do. Simultaneously, Native Americans will easily reconnect with their traditional ways and culture through the presence of the wild horse energy.

In exchange for large plots of land within Native American communities, the horses and CANA work together to rewild, restore, and reignite both the land and its people.

As the horses begin to naturally rejuvenate the land, CANA will work within the community to deliver incentives such as: economic and social development opportunities, cultural awareness programs, healthcare initiatives, job training opportunities, organic farming initiatives, and other environmentally friendly and sustainable commerce projects.

CANA’s rewilding initiatives will save and repurpose tax dollars in a more humane and considerate way, assist in creating opportunities for Native American communities, and work with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to relieve the overcrowding of horses in holding pens, while improving their reputation with the American public.

Our rewilding projects will conserve land, return endangered wild horses to the spaces in which they belong ,as well as honor Native American culture and history.

 You Can Help 

CANA is looking for assistance in working with Native American communities and the BLM. We want to work with government agencies to acquire large tracts of land on reservations, where we can place wild horses in return for socioeconomic programs for Native American communities.

Additionally, we are working to secure either private or public funding for the development of commerce and industry opportunities. We are pursuing government grants for alternative energy projects, organic farming, veteran and wounded warrior and cultural preservation programs, as well as other responsibility programs.

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America’s wild horses are among our nation’s most cherished resources; they are diminishing quickly.

By ensuring wild horses remain wild and free we are: conserving diminishing western territories and natural resources, contributing to the protection of our natural ecosystems, and preserving Native American culture for generations to come. The success of the Pilot Project would benefit the horses, the people, and their lands.

Facts and Figures

  • More than $80 million tax dollars are used every year to round up wild horses from public land, and deposit them into small, mismanaged, and over-populated holding pens.1
  • 5 out of every 8 wild horses are held captive in government holding facilities.2
  • Maintaining horses in government long and short-term holding facilities cost American taxpayers $5.08 and $1.27 per horse, respectively, per day.3 (That exceeds $120 million every day!)
  • Taxpayer-funded livestock grazing on public lands costs more than $132 million dollars per year. Yet only 3% of America’s beef supply comes from these cattle.4
  • Native Americans have among the highest rates of high-risk drinking5 and suicide6 of any American ethnic group, according to research from the NIH and CDC respectively.
  • Native Americans are nearly 2.8 times more likely to have Type II diabetes than white individuals of comparable age.7
  • While the unemployment rate for white workers peaked at 9.1 percent in 2010 and is now down to 6.1 percent, Native Americans have experienced double-digit unemployment rates ever since 2008, according to an analysis from the Economic Policy Institute. Their current rate hovers over 11 percent.8


1 Department of the Interior https://edit.doi.gov/sites/doi.opengov.ibmcloud.com/files/uploads/FY2016_BLM_Greenbook.pdf
2,4 American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign https://americanwildhorsecampaign.org/
3 Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-09-77
5 National Institutes of Health https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh40/152-160.htm
6 Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/suicide-datasheet-a.pdf
7 US Department of Health and Human Services https://archive.ahrq.gov/research/findings/factsheets/diabetes/diabdisp/diabdisp.html
8 Economic Policy Institute http://www.epi.org/publication/bp370-native-americans-jobs/