The Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Tribes at Fort Belknap Indian Reservation have been waiting to restore a herd of genetically pure Yellowstone bison for more than a year. Now the wait may finally be over.
Last week the Montana Supreme Court lifted an injunction granted by a district judge in March of 2012 that prohibited the transfer of Yellowstone bison to tribal lands within Montana. The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision said that bison transfers to tribal lands were fully within the scope of Montana law. Yet the temporary ban had effectively blocked any attempts by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) to restore wild bison to key parts of their native habitat on the Great Plains, including tribal lands.
Thanks to relocation efforts last year, wild bison now roam the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in eastern Montana. The injunction was filed against FWP by wild-bison opponents the same day last spring that 61 genetically pure bison were moved from a quarantine facility near Yellowstone National Park to tribal lands at Fort Peck Indian Reservation in eastern Montana. Defenders intervened in the case on behalf of FWP, and the case was heard in April in Missoula, Montana.
Since last year, the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes at Fort Peck have successfully grown their new herd with the birth of 21 calves last spring and another 14 so far this year. But restoring wild bison to Fort Peck was only the first step. Plans have been in the works for several years to transfer about 30 of these wild bison from Fort Peck to Fort Belknap.
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Thank you, Kaya! I am so happy to see you and I'm sorry for what you and your family have endured. You all have been in my prayers. God bless you all.
I too got that HAPPY email, unfortunately no wifi at the boatyard, so no pc.
Was hoping you would post this.
Vicky, you don't disappoint.
Thanks for the post.
Hi kk, happy to see you in your own goodness again.
Kolalove, cherry kola, will endeavor to get some things done by my stupid but needed phone. ))))))))))))))))))))))))
That is such awesome news TAS and I was so glad to read it and couldn't wait to post it. Let's hope we continue to see more and more victories like this.
thanks for sharing the good news Vicky
Thank you for reading, June; hopefully the bison will continue to experience more favorable decisions.
...me too,just keep signing petitions and putting pressure on law makers.Good morning,every one.
Have been getting emails from the bfc,gyc and a few others
both good and bad news..
cannot post without cut and paste
Hoping Vicky ,that you are getting them too.
Feel so ineffective...thanks
I'm going to post some things in the Petition thread for everyone to read and sign.