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Bison Homecoming - National Wildlife Federation

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- 2052 days ago -
A long effort by American Indians and conservationists brings genetically pure bison to the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana

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Kevin A (64)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 2:42 pm
One of my own photos for reference.

Terry V (30)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 3:39 pm


Evelyn W (15)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 7:12 pm
Let me see,do I have this right ? Most of the ranchers who oppose this, have their cattle on land that they lease from the Govt.for next to nothing.Because they do not pay fair market vaue for the land,they have the money to fight in court.And the land is probably rightfully,Tribal land.Did I miss the part where we stop sticking it to the Native Americans ? On another note,it is good that this small step was taken.And the animals should definately be split up.Too risky to have them all together.Disease could wipe out the whole herd.

Danuta Watola (1249)
Monday October 8, 2012, 1:35 am

Linda W (174)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 9:55 am
How did these monied Ranchers get so much power over a native born creature? I guess the word 'money' says it all. Between the Bison, wolves & various native cats they would buy the rights to wipe them all out!

Linda W (174)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 9:58 am
On the flip side, grateful to know that these Bison were returned to the people that actually care about them. May they all live happy, fruitful lives!

Veronique L (209)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 10:11 am
Thnks for this article!

David C (131)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 10:18 am
one of my most awesome memories to The Badlands and Roosevelt grasslands was seeing these magnificent animals and feeling dwarfed in our little civic.....

Michael M (60)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 10:30 am
A little history for those who like Evelyn above are aroused my the mistreatment and losses of native North American species and peoples:

Ranchers brought brucellosis to the American west back in the late 1800s. The disease causes cows to abort, and so they lose $. This is their common strategy in resisting the return of the bison.
They claim that bison are or can be carriers, and just as voters and politics are all about filling the wallet with green paper, their power is immense in the states they control.

After the bison was killed off (historical record mentions that US military command in the US west had much to do with influencing the allowance of this, to "pacify" the plains nations (Assiniboine, Crow, Blackfoot, Shoshone, Arapaho, especially Cheyenne, Lakota/Nakota, who depended upon and revered the buffalo as vital bringer of life and balance, and fiercely desired to protect that part of the earth), Eastern and foreign (mainly British) wealth saw the opportunity to graze for free - they saw it as unbelievably lucrative, which it was.

THIS is why those involved states so hate US federal control over their local decisionmaking. They want to be like the past Euro lords their forebears had lived under, and have handed down this sense of entitlement to their children - such attitudes were and are a huge factor in their vilification and treatment of everything from native peoples to bison to wolves and coyotes, and even prairie dogs

The Feds, from the evil Andy Jackson (who betrayed the very Cherokee and many others who assisted him in his war of 1812 battles, by forcible exile to Oklahoma of eastern tribes) through other US presidents and greedy exploiters who moved to the future prairie states to become imitators of the European wealthy nobility, wanted to diminish and assimilate the Native Americans, or else condemn them to extinction. White religions also participated in this genocide and forced assimilation, and so showed themselves in their evil racism and self-aggrandizement in this.

In recent decades, various National Grasslands have been added to protect original flora. Original fauna (yes, I know that the bison arose with the indigenous peoples, after the loss of North American megafauna millenia past) are still much excluded.

We owe the Fort Peck (NE Montana reservation) peoples, The Assiniboine Canoe Paddler and Red Bottom Bands, and the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Sisseton, Wahpetons, Yanktonais, and Teton Hunkpapa, our powerful thanks, deep love as relatives, and support for their determination to begin the great rescue of the Bison.

We own them more than this, including the return of far, far more land upon which to live and restore, and should constantly keep such a goal in mind.

10 of the recently restored 63 bison have recently died in a fire in late Sept.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 11:32 am
Noted. Thanks so much, Kevin. What a heartwarming story. I'm so glad that the bison were returned to Native Americans and I hope it continues to happen despite what the ranchers want. I'm so sick of hearing about these ranchers who weem to want everything killed.

Christeen Anderson (368)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 1:10 pm

michelle t (41)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 1:51 pm
Good news.Thanks

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 5:29 pm
Great news!

Janet R (38)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 6:48 pm
Really tired of these ranchers calling the shots against bison and wolves. That needs to stop. I am glad some of the bison made it to Fort Peck. This is their land too.

Leslene Dunn (84)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 5:22 am
At last, some awesome news - so happy for them and the animals.

Petra M (259)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 10:26 am
Thnks for this article...

SANDRA R (144)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 3:48 am
Good news. Thank you Kevin.

Dianne D (490)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 9:26 am
We need to save our wildlife and that includes the wild horses and wolves along with the bison. I hope Obama wins the election and then we need to work on getting Ken Salazar, a rancher, out of the Office of Interiors.
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