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Tue May 12, 2020, 11:50 AM

Rosebud Sioux Tribe to Create North America's Largest Native Owned and Managed Bison Herd

Economic Arm of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Works With World Wildlife Fund and Department of the Interior To Create Historic Public Private-Partnership For Plains Bison Restoration

MISSION, SOUTH DAKOTA–Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO), the economic arm of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, has secured nearly 28,000 acres of native grassland for the creation of a new plains bison herd with the support of the Rosebud's Tribal Land Enterprise. With a capacity to support 1,500 animals, the Wolakota Buffalo Range will become North America's largest Native American owned and managed bison herd. The project is being advanced by a partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and with support from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI).

The Wolakota Buffalo Range combines Lakota-based regenerative agriculture and social impact investment to generate socioeconomic opportunity. "We are doing something that has never been done. It shows what is possible when we create multiple bottom line initiatives supporting the environment, people, fiscal responsibility, and Native nation building," REDCO's CEO, Wizipan Little Elk said.

In a strong show of support for the project, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced the DOI's 2020 Bison Conservation Initiative. The Initiative is the 10-year direction for the Department and is organized around five goals: wild, healthy bison herds, genetic conservation, ecological restoration, cultural restoration, and shared stewardship. In a strong show of commitment to those goals and to the principles of the Wolakota project, DOI will send hundreds of bison over the next five years from public conservation herds managed by the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the newly created range on the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota. The historic project will increase the overall number of Native American owned bison by seven percent nationally.

https://www.worldwildlife.org/press-releases/rosebud-sioux-tribe-to-create-north-america-s-largest-native-owned-and-managed-bison-herd


I don't trust this government getting involved in any conservation effort..... But I admire the Tribe's initiative.

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 01:38 PM

1. It's been a decades longs battle...

Much of which has been fought with the intent to stop the slaughter of Yellpwstone NP bison herds when they wander out of the park. The cattle industry has had control for too long and this transfer of bison to Indian lands has been a long process. This issue is the main reason Dan Wenk was run off from the NPS, he was in favor of this program. Once those bison are on the Indian land, the deal is done.

There is too little respect for wildlife in this world and we don't realize what role they play in the biosphere most of the time.

This is a good program and I hope there will be other herds established.

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Wed May 13, 2020, 06:26 AM

2. "Tatanka"




And this...




Loved that movie, except for the ending. I cry every time I see it.

And I totally agree with you: "don't trust this government getting involved in any conservation effort..... But I admire the Tribe's initiative."
Had the very same thought when reading the article. (Great minds & all. )

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Response to Duppers (Reply #2)

Wed May 13, 2020, 11:00 AM

3. One of my all time favorite movies

Yeah, the ending always gets me. But even more, the scene when they are crossing the valley with all the dead buffalo--killed by white men for the sake of their tongues and their hides. The calf bleating for its mother.

The main reason the Plains tribes were, "conquered", was the loss of the buffalo. They used every last speck of one--the meat, the skins for clothing and tepees, sinew for sewing, on and on.

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