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Our Mission is to change the buffalo story from its sad ending in the 1870s slaughter—to include the full heroic narrative of the magnificent buffalo, ordinary people Native and non-Native, saving them from extinction, caring for them and now all of us enjoying our amazing National Mammal on ranches, parks and tribal lands.
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Long ago, a tribe of Cheyenne hunters camped at the head of a rushing stream, which eventually emptied into a large cave. The people were starving. They hunted deer, rabbits, porcupines, birds and even skunks until all were gone. Then they would move to a new camp....
William Hornaday published his amazing report on the slaughter of the buffalo herds in a government book in 1889, which he titled The Extermination of the American Bison.
It was intended to be the last word on bison.
In essence, the saving of buffalo focused on two major factors.
On the one hand were westerners, both Native American and whites, who saw what was happening to the buffalo and cared about saving them.
With boots on the ground, these people rescued, nourished and protected fragile buffalo calves until they multiplied into healthy and prolific herds.
Without them American bison would likely have gone extinct. There’d be no buffalo in North America today. It almost happened.
“The meat that has ‘ping’ to it—the meat that satisfies.”
That is how Lakota hunters from the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe described the taste of buffalo to the missionary Thomas Riggs on the way to their last winter hunt in December of 1880.
For 15 years buffalo had been gone from their Great Sioux Reservation, due to settlement pressures from the east, but mysteriously they had returned and the older hunters were eager to taste their favorite meat again.
Snow fell almost continuously and the hunting party of 101—about half men and half women and children—followed the Moreau River valley west with buckboard wagons and extra pack horses. Some days they made only three or four miles in deep snow that crusted and grew deeper day by day.
The hunters grew excited that last day as they neared the Slim Buttes, where scouts told them the buffalo had returned.
They talked of how tired they were of eating porcupine, skunk, venison and badger meat. During their journey the party had killed and eaten 148 porcupines and 200 deer.
On Dec. 27, President Donald Trump signed into law an act that returns “all land comprising the National Bison Range including all natural resources interests and appurtenances of that land to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT).”
The Act further states that this restored land shall be a part of the Flathead Indian Reservation, administered as tribal trust land and managed by the Tribes. This includes all bison on the range, as well as all buildings and structures located on the land.
June 11-13, 2021 Montana Bison/Western Bison Association Summer Meeting. The summer conference will be in Plains, MT. Please stay tuned to https://www.montanabison.org/ for details.
June 11-12, 2021 Texas Bison Association Summer Meeting in Forth Worth, Texas. The TBA will have a two-day summer meeting that will feature top-notch speakers, fellowship and fun! Please stay tuned to www.texasbison.org for updated agenda, lodging information and conference registration. Please mark your calendar and we hope to see YOU in Forth Worth.
June 27-30, 2021. NBA 2021 Summer Conference Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Bison Association. Join the NBA for it’s 2021 summer conference at Little America in beautiful Cheyenne, Wyoming! Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Bison Association, the 2021 Summer Conference will feature great bison feasts, top-notch networking opportunities, education on topics pertinent to the bison business, and at least two working bison ranch tours in the Cheyenne area. Please keep an eye on the Summer Conference web page for updates as the agenda comes together at https://bisoncentral.com/nba-summer-conference/ and we hope to see you in Cheyenne.