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Bison roundup conjures days of bygone days of the West

Once a year, hundreds of horseback riders gather on an island in Utah's Great Salt Lake to nudge bison toward holding pens in a roundup of one of America's largest and oldest public herds.

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Buffalo & Bison

6/23/2019

article Eastern Shoshone Tribe's wild buffalo herd continues to grow
(Wyoming) -- William Roberts stood at the edge of a hill overlooking the Wind River on Sunday morning taking pictures with a cellphone of a handful of buffalo grazing...
article Photos: Tribal members and sponsors visit the Eastern Shoshone tribal buffalo herd on the Wind River Reservation
(Wyoming) -- Photos from a visit to the Eastern Shoshone tribal buffalo herd on the Wind River Reservation Sunday morning, June 23, 2019.
article 'Failing and struggling': How financial decisions hobbled the National Bison Range
(Montana) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service diverted roughly a third of the National Bison Range Complex’s budget in 2015 and never gave it back. The shrunken...

6/17/2019

article Kansas A to Z: 'S' is for Sandsage Bison Range & Wildlife Area
(Kansas) -- Barely a mile south of Garden City, visitors from around the world have long visited a 5-square-mile plat of prairie where dozens of bison have roamed free...

6/16/2019

article Buffalo rising: Iconic animal's return feeds renaissance of Blackfeet culture
(Montana) -- In the end, all that remained of the bison was a windpipe, 40 pounds of half-digested grass and some blood. A few tufts of winter hair rode a breeze toward...
article GIAGO: Rounding up the buffalo
(South Dakota) -- Many of the elders who read my column have vivid imaginations. I can tell by the emails and calls they send my way. Today I am counting on those clear...

6/12/2019

article Oakland Zoo helping return American Bison to tribal lands in Montana
(California) -- The Oakland Zoo is doing their part to strengthen American bison herds that roam Blackfeet tribal lands in Montana and national parks in the Rocky...

6/10/2019

article ‘The Buffalo Hunt’ seeks to show SD tribe in a new light
(South Dakota) -- A new documentary on the Oglala Lakota focuses on a tribal buffalo hunt to tell stories about traditions of the Native American people. “The...

6/9/2019

article Mother of Iinnii: Betty Cooper guides Blackfeet in return of buffalo
(Montana) -- Every knuckle in Betty Cooper’s hands seems to go a different direction. Perhaps that’s natural for hands that, in a single day, play Blackfeet...

6/7/2019

article ‘The Buffalo Hunt’ seeks to show Native American tribe in a new light
(New Mexico) -- “The Buffalo Hunt,” a new documentary on the homeland of the Oglala Lakota, attempts to shun clichés around the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation...
article Judge: Stapleton can’t undo Bullock’s on veto of bison-definition bill
(Montana) -- In a dispute over a vetoed bill that redefines “wild bison” in Montana, a state judge Wednesday said Secretary of State Corey Stapleton has no...

6/6/2019

article Are we killing off all the wild buffalo that still know how to roam?
(Montana) -- In the late winter sun, Yellowstone National Park’s blanket of snow is blindingly white. The great shaggy beasts—​bison, in their thick,...

6/2/2019

article Judge blocks Montana secretary of state from overruling governor veto
(Montana) -- A constitutional dispute between Montana's Democratic governor and Republican secretary of state escalated on Friday when a judge issued a temporary...

6/1/2019

article Blackfeet welcome the return of bison to Montana reservation
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Indians have waited a long time for bison to return to their homeland. An extra 12 hours wouldn't hurt. After assembling at 10 a.m....

5/30/2019

article Blackfeet Welcome the Return of Bison to Montana Reservation
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Indians have waited a long time for bison to return to their homeland. An extra 12 hours wouldn’t hurt. After assembling at 10 a.m....

5/29/2019

article Bison return to Blackfeet homeland
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Indians have waited a long time for bison to return to their homeland. An extra 12 hours wouldn’t hurt. After assembling at 10 a.m....
article Gov. Bullock vetoed bison-definition bill — but Stapleton says veto invalid
(Montana) -- It’s been a month since Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed and appeared to kill a bill that redefines “wild bison” in Montana, saying the bill...

5/28/2019

article Oakland Zoo bids bye to 11 bison headed to Montana
(California) -- Oakland Zoo has sent 11 bison cows and calves to the Blackfeet Nation in Montana as part of the Bison Restoration Project. The bison, descendants of the...

5/20/2019

article New additions to Pe Sla buffalo herd
(South Dakota) -- The bison herd at Pe Sla, the sacred Lakota site four tribes purchased in 2012, just got a little larger after five calves were born last week.

5/17/2019

article Bison Processing Plants in the Works
(Oklahoma) -- Two Native American tribes in Oklahoma are planning to build a meat processing plant in an effort to take a more active role in bringing the nations...

5/16/2019

article 2 Oklahoma tribes to build a bison meat processing plant
(Oklahoma) -- Two Native American tribes in Oklahoma are planning to build a meat processing plant in an effort to take a more active role in bringing the nations'...

5/15/2019

article The Buffalo Hunt Documentary About Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Out June 21
(South Dakota) -- The Buffalo Hunt is an intimate and visceral portrait of one of the most extreme places in the Western Hemisphere- the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation,...

4/30/2019

article Feds propose management plan for National Bison Range; public meeting tonight in Missoula
(Montana) -- The National Bison Range is finalizing its first conservation plan and wants an emphasis on the wildlife. But first, it needs to hear from the people.

4/26/2019

article After 5 Yellowstone bison moved to Fort Peck Reservation, managers laud quarantine process
(Montana) -- Bison managers are thrilled with the movement of five bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, and they hope it’s a sign of things to come. The five...

4/25/2019

article Bison managers like quarantine progress, albeit small
(Montana) -- Bison managers are thrilled with the movement of five bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, and they hope it’s a sign of things to come. The five...
article OP/ED: Montana Residents Say Bison Hunts Near Yellowstone Unsafe
(Montana) -- The scavenger-cleaned bison carcass scattered across the grassland provided the perfect punctuation point for Nathan Varley. Varley was lobbying a group of...
article Bison managers tour hunt area north of Yellowstone
(Montana) -- Hooves, fur and bare ribcages are rotting among the sagebrush here, in this stretch of flat public land west of the Yellowstone River known as Beattie Gulch...

4/21/2019

article Where the buffalo roam: National Cowboy Museum exhibit celebrates the American bison
(Oklahoma) -- Hundreds of years after they thundered across the plains in vast herds, bison continue to roam through paintings and on license plates, in sculptures and...

4/18/2019

article OP/ED: National Bison Range belongs to all Americans, not CSKT
(Montana) -- Recently, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) announced their renewed effort to have owernership of the National Bison Range (NBR), a federal...
article OP/ED: Next chapter for National Bison Range
(Montana) -- In the 1930s, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes had proposed that the Mission Mountains on the Flathead Indian Reservation be designated as a...

3/30/2019

article Why Are We Still Slaughtering the American Bison?
(Montana) -- In a 120-acre pasture on an Indian reservation in northeastern Montana, five prime examples of America’s national mammal rumble and snort. They shake...

3/26/2019

article Over 300 bison culled from Yellowstone NP herd this year
(Wyoming) -- So far this season, 305 bison have been captured or killed near Yellowstone National Park. The Interagency Bison Management Plan for this season calls for...

3/25/2019

article Future of bison debate showcases rifts among American Prairie Reserve, ranchers and tribes
(Montana) -- Debates are intensifying at the Montana Legislature over the state’s management of North America’s largest land mammal: The American bison. Some...

3/23/2019

article Bison bill, American Prairie Reserve resolution stir up debate
(Montana) -- Bison got a cold reception from the Montana agricultural community during two hearings at the Legislature on Thursday. House Joint Resolution 28 would send...

3/11/2019

article General Mills Claims to Sell a 'First of Its Kind' Product That Has Been Eaten by Native Americans for Hundreds of Years
(South Dakota) -- Epic Provisions has found success selling bars made of buffalo meat and dried fruit as a high-protein snack -- a food enjoyed by Native Americans...

3/8/2019

article First Buffalo to Enter Montana Met with Gunfire
(Montana) -- As we’ve been reporting, hardly any buffalo have migrated from Yellowstone into Montana this winter. The few who had come close didn’t stay long...

3/7/2019

article Yellowstone National Park begins bison trapping
(Montana) -- Yellowstone National Park will begin trapping bison near Gardiner as part of its annual population control efforts. The park announced in a news release...

2/28/2019

article After Long Wait, Fort Peck Tribes Receive Five Yellowstone Bison
(Montana) -- After years of negotiations, five wild Yellowstone bison bulls have finally been transferred into the hands of tribal officials on the Fort Peck Reservation...

2/27/2019

article Fort Peck Accepts Five Male Bison For Monitoring
(Montana) -- The Fork Peck Indian Reservation in northeast Montana recently received five male bison from Corwin Springs, MT, just outside Yellowstone Park. The bull...
article 5 Yellowstone bison transferred to Montana tribes
(Montana) -- Five bull bison from Yellowstone National park have been transferred to an American Indian reservation in northwest Montana under an effort to bolster herds...

2/25/2019

article 5 quarantined bison bulls moved to Fort Peck Reservation
(Idaho) -- Five bull bison were moved from corrals a few miles north of Yellowstone to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation for the final stage of brucellosis quarantine, a...

2/21/2019

article Nearly 150 years later, the buffalo slaughter hangs over American Indian wealth, study finds
(Indian Country) -- Eight years ago, an economist produced a new theory that international trade played a major role in an American tragedy: the immense killing in the...
article Mont. Judge Tosses NEPA Suit Over Yellowstone Bison (sub req)
(Montana) -- A Montana federal judge on Wednesday tossed a suit by a conservation group claiming the federal and state governments failed to conduct additional National...

2/15/2019

article Nearly 150 years later, the buffalo slaughter hangs over American Indian wealth, study finds
(Indian Country) -- Tribal nations that once relied on bison have per capita incomes today that are 20 to 40 percent below the average of all American Indian nations, a...

2/11/2019

article Bill taps into the wild and domestic side of bison
(Montana) -- So is that your everyday domesticated bison or does it take a walk on the wild side? The Montana House of Representatives approved a bill Monday that...

2/10/2019

article New plains bison herd a source of pride for Sask. First Nation
(Saskatchewan) -- e Flying Dust First Nation is the home of a new plains bison herd. The band, located near Meadow Lake, Sask., received 31 bison from Elk Island...

2/9/2019

article BLM takes next step in analyzing American Prairie Reserve's bison grazing requests
(Montana) -- Changes to grazing allotments on Bureau of Land Management property in north-central Montana that have been requested by the nonprofit American Prairie...

2/5/2019

article Officials report slow hunting season for Yellowstone bison
(Montana) -- Officials say mild weather and a lack of snowfall have allowed bison to largely stay inside Yellowstone National Park, resulting in only a few of the...

1/19/2019

article Once Doomed, America's Recovering Bison Are Saving US Ecosystems
(Oklahoma) -- Driving north of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, an extraordinary landscape comes into view. Trees disappear and an immense landscape of grass emerges, undulating in...

1/14/2019

article Yellowstone plans to ship 600-900 bison to slaughter this winter
(Montana) -- Yellowstone National Park officials will capture 600 to 900 bison this winter to ship to slaughter in a continuing attempt to reduce the animals’...

1/4/2019

article Move of Yellowstone Bison to Fort Peck Reservation delayed by shutdown
(Montana) -- Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes officials say a deal has been reached with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that would allow the...

1/3/2019

article Tribes, APHIS reach deal to send five Yellowstone bison to Fort Peck
(Montana) -- Tribal and federal agriculture officials have reached an agreement that could allow five Yellowstone bison to be transported to the Fort Peck Indian...
article Yellowstone plans to ship 600-900 bison to slaughter this winter
(Montana) -- Yellowstone National Park officials will capture 600 to 900 bison this winter to ship to slaughter in a continuing attempt to reduce the animals’...

12/31/2018

article Native Americans Are Saving Bison From Extinction
(USA) -- Native Americans are bringing wild, free-roaming bison back to prairies across North America. The task is difficult, time-consuming, and requires coordination...

12/26/2018

article Buffalo are the backbone of Lakota food sovereignty
(South Dakota) -- Blood staining their hands, dozens of men, women and children are wielding knives in the schoolyard. Bones and flesh and entrails are heaped in mounds...
article Albertans expand protections for wood bison
(Alberta) -- Alberta gave itself a Christmas present with some interesting Montana connections when it proposed protections on land south of Wood Buffalo National Park....

12/25/2018

article Bison roundup conjures days of bygone days of the West
(Utah) -- Once a year, hundreds of horseback riders gather on an island in Utah's Great Salt Lake to nudge bison toward holding pens in a roundup of one of America...

12/17/2018

article How Native American tribes are bringing back the bison from brink of extinction
(USA) -- On 5,000 hectares of unploughed prairie in north-eastern Montana, hundreds of wild bison roam once again. But this herd is not in a national park or a protected...

12/6/2018

article Telling the story of the National Bison Range
(Montana) -- By 1870, American bison were all but wiped from existence. Homesteading, land expansion, cattle ranching, fur trade, and mass slaughter had taken its toll...

12/3/2018

article Some tribes have concerns about proposed bison hunting closure near West Yellowstone
(Montana) -- Some tribal officials questioned temporarily suspending their treaty rights at the request of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to support a proposed bison...

12/2/2018

article A budding bison rancher at BHS: Xavier Michael-Young envisions open spaces -- and a new tribal revenue stream
(Minnesota) -- Xavier Michael-Young doesn't want to work in a cubicle. "I really, really, really hate small spaces," the Bemidji High School senior said....
article Where the 'mashkode bizhiki' roam: Red Lake Nation plans a bison farm
(Minnesota) -- A snowy, wooded patch of farmland 10 miles north of Gonvick was largely empty on Thursday, but Cherilyn Spears and Henry Donnell, Sr., have a vision for...

12/1/2018

article Where the buffalo roam, Montana cowboys dig in their heels
(Montana) -- Cowboys and bison live on both sides of the Missouri River, but the gulf between them yawns as wide as the Missouri Breaks. It separates tradition from...
article Fort Peck Tribes Say No To Latest Bison Relocation Deal
(Montana) -- A Montana tribe has rejected an agreement with the Department of Agriculture that would allow the transfer of a small group of wild bison from Yellowstone...
article Yellowstone bison not headed to tribes anytime soon
(Montana) -- Fort Peck Tribal leaders say they don’t expect to see Yellowstone bison sent to their reservation before the end of the year. It looks like a years-...

11/24/2018

article Do bison grieve? Buffalo gather around stallion and seem to mourn the horse’s death
(North Dakota) -- Tiffany Craigo hiked to a remote valley in the craggy badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park to say her goodbyes to a stallion named Gray Ghost....
article Winter Counts tell the history of plains Indian tribes
(Colorado) -- In a recent column I told the tale of the Bayeux Tapestry, a pictorial accounting of the events in the late 11th century. Using pictures to tell stories...

11/12/2018

article ‘Where the Buffalo Roamed’: Students produce documentary about Montana prairie reserve
(Montana) -- Last May, a team from the Princeton Conservation Society led a documentary-filmmaking expedition to the American Prairie Reserve, a nonprofit trying to...

11/11/2018

article Yellowstone's quarantined bison won't be transferred to tribes anytime soon
(Montana) -- Montana will allow the transfer of five male Yellowstone National Park bison to the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes, but tribal officials are still...

11/9/2018

article Bison are personal for tribal members
(Colorado) -- Growing up a Jicarilla Apache, Bryan Vigil was told — quite forcefully — by his grandmother that he must return the buffalo to their people....

11/6/2018

article At Tribal Bison Summit, Advocates Look To Future
(Wyoming) -- Last week, numerous Native American tribes from around the Rocky Mountain region joined with bison conservation groups in Boulder, Colorado for the first...

11/4/2018

article Blackfeet Nation works to restore bison on the Rocky Mountain Front
(Montana) -- Bison are an icon of the west, but for generations the animals have been largely absent from western Montana and the Blackfeet Tribe that once depended on...

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