Securing a Sustainable Future for Buffalo, People, and Nature

Securing a Sustainable Future for Buffalo, People, and Nature

By Wizipan Little Elk On August 23, 1804, a shot rang out on the wind-swept prairie near what is now called southeastern South Dakota, marking the first buffalo kill of the famous Lewis and Clark reconnaissance expedition. For us Lakota, our neighbors, and our buffalo relatives, it signaled the beginning of what was to become […]

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Bison Herd Successfully Released to Native Lands in South Dakota

Bison Herd Successfully Released to Native Lands in South Dakota

On Friday the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) along with the Department of the Interior and leaders of the Rosebud Sioux tribe transferred and released 100 plains bison from the National Park Service to the newly-created Wolakota Buffalo Range on the land of the Sicangu Oyate, commonly known as the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. […]

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One Cool Thing: Wildlife Comes Out At National Parks

One Cool Thing: Wildlife Comes Out At National Parks

Park Rangers at National Parks that have been closed for many weeks have observed things they had never seen before.  For example, pronghorn antelope in the sun-scorched lowlands of Death Valley National Park, and at Yosemite, with traffic a distant memory, deer, bobcats, and black bears have made their way into Yosemite Valley and are […]

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Interview of the Week: Dennis Jorgensen on Reintroducing Bison on the Great Plains

Interview of the Week: Dennis Jorgensen on Reintroducing Bison on the Great Plains

Dennis Jorgensen is the Bison Initiative Coordinator of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).  Last week, after working with Dennis and WWF, the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO), the economic arm of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, committed nearly 28,000 acres of native grassland for the creation of a new plains bison herd of 1,500 animals, which […]

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A New Kind of National Park, Not Everyone’s Thrilled

A New Kind of National Park, Not Everyone’s Thrilled

The American Prairie Reserve in northeastern Montana is a non-profit working to create the largest nature sanctuary in the continental United States. Founder Sean Gerrity made his money in Silicon Valley and hopes to create a preserve that’s made up of private properties stitched together with vast tracts of neighboring public lands to create one […]

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Grand Canyon Bison Herds Really Mucking Things Up

Grand Canyon Bison Herds Really Mucking Things Up

If you visit the Grand Canyon this summer you might witness a majestic herd of bison roaming near the North Rim. While to the average tourist the bison might seem like a totally natural sight, conservationists don’t see it that way. As the National Park Conservation Association explained, “they argue that the bison don’t belong […]

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