Yellowstone Sends 100 Wild Buffalo to Slaughter

Source: Story by Stephany Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign as published on  EcoWatch.com

“Granted, this report is not about wild horses and burros but it is a cookie-cutter observation from our own experiences with the cruelty and mismanagement of rouge federal agencies that should be protecting our natural wildlife versus managing it/them into extinction.  Caution: this report will stir emotion and illicit the need for not only tissues but the revitalized desire to change the game during elections this upcoming November.  We WILL instill true change!!!” ~ R.T.


“Buffalo were slamming against the walls, ramming into each other and bellowing in fear or to find family members…”

Addressing our relationship with the buffalo, Buffalo Field Campaign co-founder Lakota Elder Rosalie Littler Thunder once said, “human beings have forgotten their purpose.” Indeed, those who work for Yellowstone National Park have certainly forgotten theirs: to preserve [wild buffalo], unimpaired, for present and future generations.”

Inside Yellowstone’s Stephens Creek bison trap. Photo credit: Stephany Seay / Buffalo Field Campaign

One hundred and fifty of America’s last wild buffalo were certainly “impaired” this week, having endured the hells of Yellowstone’s Stephens Creek capture facility. For some, this nightmare journey is still underway.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, in response to a public access lawsuit, Yellowstone National Park granted a media tour of their Stephens Creek trap. Mike Mease and I attended on behalf of the Buffalo Field Campaign. What we saw will give us nightmares, but it is critical for us to be here to get a brief glimpse of what goes on in this area Yellowstone hides from the public.

Captive buffalo were run through the gauntlet of a fortified livestock corral, “worked” in a squeeze chute called the “Silencer,” where their blood was drawn, their teeth were checked for age and where they were weighed, tagged and “released” to flee down a long, dusty corridor where they were separated by age and sex and forever torn from their families. As you read this they are in the process of being shipped to slaughter.

Tuesday morning, beginning at the break of dawn, 75 frightened and confused wild buffalo were run through this house of horrors; early Wednesday morning 30 female buffalo from this group were crammed onto two livestock trailers hired by the InterTribal Buffalo Council and shipped to the slaughterhouse. Later that same morning, the remaining 75 buffalo endured the same mistreatment. On Thursday morning, 63 more buffalo went to slaughter, with another 75 calves and yearlings are being held “just in case” Yellowstone’s 50 bison quarantine plan is approved.

The noise in the trap was deafening. Buffalo were slamming against the walls, ramming into each other and bellowing in fear or to find family members. The sounds they made with their voices and their bodies took over everything. They were crammed into the trap’s “bull pen,” where park wranglers on catwalks—silent for the media tour, but normally “yipping” and hollering—jabbed and prodded them from above, forcing them to move to desired locations and where pushed into “the Silencer.”

This squeeze chute is Yellowstone’s new machine which they claim to be more humane, but tell that to the wee calf we saw who had both of her horns broken off in that “kinder, gentler” apparatus. Every buffalo put up the fight of their lives, like the warriors they are. The little calves gave extra effort to escape with tenacious determination. They would jump, buck, thrust, kick and rear up, trying everything they could to break free. But they can’t. Sometimes they would jump too far, too fast and the squeeze chute would close on their mid section or their horns. They were so scared and tried so hard to get out. Their tails were curled into “nines”—the most unmistakable sign that a buffalo is in serious distress.

From the squeeze chute, they were funneled down a corridor and into a sorting pen where they joined others of the same age and/or sex. During the media tour, we were only allowed up on the catwalks one at a time, briefly. We were only allowed to see into two of the sorting pens, though there were many more. Of the two we saw, the buffalo were looking up at us, as if asking why? What did I do wrong? Where’s my mom? Where’s my baby?

Through tears and promises, Mike and I talked to them. We told them we loved them, that not all humans are so mindless and cruel, that we and many others are fighting and praying for them. It was awful. They were banging around, running in circles, standing there looking forlorn. All we could do for them was document, promise their story would be told in our never-ending effort to cease this slaughter once and for all.

Our hearts are bruised and broken and what little we were allowed to see showed how important it is for us to get full access. This media tour was a token gesture, a mockery of real access.

To make a false impression on the media and members of the public, the park service trap wanglers tapered their vulgar behavior, which we know from years of viewing and hearing activities at the trap from over a mile away is thick with cowboy culture. The park rangers, biologists and other employees hid their humanity. The buffalo were just objects moving through a process. They showed neither emotion, relationship with the buffalo, nor remorse for the atrocities they were committing.

And how could they? If they let themselves feel, they would not be able to do what they do to these sacred beings. It was a well-oiled government buffalo slaughtering machine. What we were shown was not the truth of how these capture operations take place when out of public view. They had their behavior in check as they put on a show for the media. But the buffalo are honest. They were the only ones telling the truth as the park service shelved compassion and spun their lies to serve industry and intolerance. The audio coming from the buffalo, imprisoned and violated in the trap, was the stuff of nightmares. No matter how well park employees talk themselves into thinking what they are doing is beneficial, the buffalo tell a different truth. Their lives are as important to them as yours or mine is to us.

We will be haunted forever by this experience, but our pain is nothing compared to what the buffalo are going through. There is no such thing as “humanely” trapping, tormenting, tearing families apart and shipping buffalo to slaughter. Science does not supports this. Public opinion doesn’t support this. The park’s own mission and mandate runs contrary to these cruel and unnecessary actions.

But this will not last. The trap walls will come down.

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28 comments on “Yellowstone Sends 100 Wild Buffalo to Slaughter

  1. you all do not understand, you need to see both sides of this!! the Park itself can not sustain anymore then 3,000 bison. that is 24/7 30 days a month 365 days a year these animals eat, they have to, to live. where is the grass going to come from if it is all eaten???? please check the Park and see what the quidelines are for each animal and how many they can support. there is over 4,500 of them todate in the Park. that is over 1,500 more then the Park can support. do you all want them to not be able to eat and have life? think about that please.

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    • That’s one of the excuses used to roundup and remove our wild horses! Makes me wonder if the reason for “too many” buffalo could perhaps be the same as for the wild horses & burros – as in the roundups & slaughter are the reason there are “too many”? Seems to me that any time a wild species survival is threatened – they all react in the same manner. At least that’s one of the things the NAS research study said – right? Buffalo, elk, wild horses & burros are all treated as if its their fault for reproducing. Yet they are no longer allowed to migrate from one feeding ground to another – most of their “herd areas” are also inundated with cattle – AND predators removed to protect these cattle. NOT natural!
      I’m sorry – but in all of these cases, there may be “another side” – but in the end – its the animals that suffer.

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    • There are more humane ways to do management of wild animals than this ,which amounts to animal abuse. It would be kinder to have marksmen shoot them in the field, it’s well known bison don’t run so this would be less stressful, though I am in no way advocating this. I understand another region were interested in having a quantity of these surplace bison to start a new herd. Let’s not remember bison were almost exterminated at one point by greedy hunters in the 1800’s, this does not look good from any angle for park management and new measures need implementing before this happens again.

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      • again I will repeat, please hear and listen!!! there was a court case the Park LOST THE COURT CASE!!! NOW THE PARK HAS TO DO WHAT THE COURT HAS ORDER THEM TO DO. ALL HANDS ARE TIED AT THIS POINT, TILL ALL THAT HAS BEEN ORDERED BY THE COURT IS DONE!! AS I SAID KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, EMOTIONS ARE NOTHING!!!!!

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  2. Thanks to Julie, for making the case for rationalizing brutality and slaughter of wild animals who have lived here long before her great, great, great, great, great, great, great-grandfather’s time COMPLETELY UNASSISTED by Yellowstone Park Grand Inquisitors of Wildlife. I know it’s beyond your comprehension, Julie, how wild animals get by without the ‘helping hand’ of men with guns and poison and helicopters, yet they have done for millennia. Perhaps you should try educating yourself with science before weighing in to protect men whose only agenda is ‘what can I kill today’.

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    • if more research had been done you would know about the court case that the Park lost. they have to do what the court has order them to do.

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  3. I don’t think the statistic that half of the bison test positive for disease is true. I believe they have been tested for brucellosis and have come up negative for many years. There is lots of information on this. It’s sad to make bison pay the price for a disease that was brought here originally from non-native cattle, and elk carry it also, so because elk are desirable to hunters, the bison pay with their lives. Senseless.

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    • they are still finding positive in the test, not as many. the negative ones are the ones that are being sold to people that want to grow a herd or already have and want more. please all of you do your own research and become part of the solution!! not the problem, that is what emotions and lack of knowledge does, becomes a problem.

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  4. Buffalo Field Campaign
    Solutions to the Slaughter & Harassment
    of the Yellowstone Buffalo
    http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/actnow/solutions05.html

    Short Term:
    Buffalo must be recognized in Montana as a valued and recovered native wildlife species.

    Trained wildlife professionals without conflict of interest should manage wild buffalo; they should not be managed by the state livestock agency.

    Buffalo must be given full access to all suitable habitat in Montana within the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA) at all times of the year.

    The Montana Department of Livestock must develop brucellosis-proof management plans for all domestic cattle that continue to graze in the GYA including the provision of wildlife proof fencing if necessary.

    Governor Schweitzer, together with the governors of Idaho and Wyoming, must petition USDA-APHIS to modify the federal brucellosis classification system to allow more flexible management of wildlife and cattle in the GYA.
    Ranchers outside of the GYA should not be threatened because those within the area choose to raise susceptible cattle near brucellosis-exposed wildlife without taking adequate precaution.

    Native American tribes – especially those with a cultural, historical, and spiritual connection to the buffalo – must be included in all decisions relating to the management and recovery efforts of wild buffalo in Montana.

    LONG TERM:
    State and Federal authorities should develop an effective vaccine against brucellosis for cattle and mandate use within the GYA.

    Public lands currently designated for livestock grazing should be reclassified to give priority to native wildlife species, including wild buffalo.

    The current property tax structure in Montana encourages livestock production by providing tax breaks for agricultural use. Landowners who allow wild buffalo to access their land should be provided with similar incentives through the Habitat Montana program.

    Underpass or overpass systems that allow wildlife to cross roads and highways should be developed to lessen the chance of collisions with automobiles.

    Wildlife migration corridors must be created through a process of creative cooperation between public land managers and private landowners, to allow wild buffalo and other migratory species to migrate within the GYW, and eventually, outside of the region.

    The difficult controversy over buffalo management today is a direct result of the transmission of brucellosis from domestic cattle housed within Yellowstone National Park to the native wild buffalo at the turn of the last century. Livestock producers and public administrators should ensure that cattle will not transmit diseases to native flora and fauna.

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  5. have you ever try to contant bison in one place? it can be done, then the Park has to pay for all the fencing and electric fencing to be done. have you ever gone to the Bison range in Moise, Montana? look at the budget they have for just fencing, repairs etc. are you willing to put your money there? please all of you need to realize there are ALWAYS TWO SIDES TO EVERYTHING!! not just one side has all the answers. QUIT PLAYING THE BLAME GAME, it gets very old very quick. if you are not willing be part of the solution then you are part of the problem.

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  6. From PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility)

    NEW BISON RANGE TRIBAL AGREEMENT REPEATS SAME OLD MISTAKES
    Posted on Jul 22, 2014
    http://www.peer.org/news/news-releases/2014/07/22/new-bison-range-tribal-agreement-repeats-same-old-mistakes/

    Often called the Crown Jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Montana’s National Bison Range has been roiled over the past decade by efforts to turn over much of its operations to a local tribe. However, the latest tribal takeover plan suffers from the same defects that led to the failure of the prior two pacts, according to comments from refuge employees posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

    After more than four years of behind the scenes negotiations, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has yet to officially unveil its Draft Environmental Analysis (EA) for a new five-year Annual Funding Agreement (AFA) to transfer most Bison Range jobs and functions to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). This would be the third try at such a pact. A 2005 agreement was summarily cancelled in December 2006 by FWS due to a host of performance-related issues on the part of the Tribes, as well as reported mistreatment of FWS employees by the CSKT. A successor 2008 agreement was invalidated in 2010 by federal court order in a lawsuit brought by PEER.

    The court rescinded the 2008 AFA due to the failure of FWS to assess impacts the AFA has on the resources managed by the National Bison Range as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. This new Draft EA is supposed to correct this legal defect but comments from current National Bison Range staff, including several CSKT members, suggest there is still much more work to do.
    In consolidated comments dated May 19, 2014, the employees explain that “We are very concerned about making any comments individually….We worry about retaliation both by the Service and the Tribes” but are frustrated at being shut out of the negotiations on an AFA that they believe will:

    Create an Unworkable Structure. “This proposed agreement is almost exactly like the one in 2008 and the fundamentals of that agreement didn’t work – even though this document says it worked well.”

    Ignore Resource Management Realities. “There is no analysis on refuge operations….The EA does not analyze how the changes in staff will affect the resource.”

    Encourage Ruinous Turnover. The short term and uncertain nature of these jobs make it hard to hire “experienced staff” from the CSKT. “In fact, several employees, particularly in leadership positions, had no affiliation with the Tribes.”

    “Their own employees say that the Service has not learned from its past mistakes,” stated PEER Senior Counsel Paula Dinerstein, who filed the earlier lawsuit on behalf of four former Bison Range refuge managers whose tenures span 40 years, a former Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System and Nathaniel Reed, former Assistant Interior Secretary under both Nixon and Ford. “As before, this new agreement will adversely affect Bison Range operations in ways we believe are prohibited by law.”
    The employees also express consternation that FWS has rejected adoption of a national policy to govern AFAs leaving this agreement to be fashioned on an ad hoc basis. This concern is magnified by the fact that the National Bison Range is one of only three out of 560 refuges lacking a statutorily required Comprehensive Conservation Plan.

    “Without a guiding conservation plan, this agreement is driven by politics and not resource needs,” Dinerstein added, noting that four years of negotiations appear to have centered on tribal prerogatives rather than resource protections. “As one employee comment put it: ‘the negotiated AFA is counter to a true partnership – it feels more like a takeover.’”

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    • I thought they came out with a new agreement on this. late 2015 if I remember correctly. FWP are getting way to big and are bullys! we all are having problems with them. I really wish and hope this gets settled soon and the ones that need to have this do. yes I have been watch this for a long time. I was one of the lucky ones that was able to ride there. I was able to ride there 7 times. what a thrill.

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  7. The BLM works for us tax paying citizrns and if I could I would fire the whole lot. And bring charges for the brutal deaths during roundups including the helicopter pilots. And the illegal sale to slaughter of over 1700 horses. Includung the kill buyer who shipped them. I think there should be zero tollerance for this department of the BLM and any and all caught in violation should be accountable to the jurisdictions in the states of violations as well as the Federal Supreme Courts.

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  8. This is the only way the government does things. Their solutions is to kill off period, horses, burros, bison, anything that can get in their way. No Animals NO problems.

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    • Priscilla as I said earlier about the court case, the Park lost their case and now they have to do what was order for them to do. right now there is no choice. Knowledge is power, not emotions. try it

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      • With all due respect to you & your opinions here… You should have respect for Priscilla’s & Janet’s opinions here also. Your sarcasm is not appreciated. The rest of us have much knowledge re: how the government deals with the issues at hand. We are intelligent lovers of all animals.. We have knowledge of reality of what our government does… There are always other options to save these innocent ones… Anyone on this site who does not have emotions, should not be here… You should try it! .

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  9. Marissa so what are those other ways you speak of?? what knowledge do you have and I don’t? all I have said was get knowledge do your own research, know the facts all of them! and no I was not in any way being sarcasm! if you took it that way then you have a problem. or you need to read a bit more carefully. name calling and putting others down just shows too much emotion and LACK OF CONTROLL AND NO KNOWLEDGE! do you live in Montana, ID., or WY??? do you know about all that is truly going on in these states?? that is where knowledge, research comes in. be part of the solution not the problem, ok.

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  10. The Bloody Politics of Bison Slaughter
    by ROSALIE LITTLE THUNDER – DARRELL GEIST
    APRIL 30, 2014
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/04/30/the-bloody-politics-of-bison-slaughter/

    We write to you still in the aftershock of the unconscionable tribal participation in the most recent government slaughter of wild buffalo in Yellowstone National Park and Montana. We feel compelled to share our insight on how this corrosive process began.
    In the early 1990s Montana cattle ranchers were in an uproar over the migration of buffalo to habitat in Montana beyond Yellowstone National Park’s borders. Sounding the battle cry of brucellosis disease, cattle ranchers manipulated the Montana legislature into creating MCA 81-2-120. This new law delegates authority over the publics only wild buffalo population to livestock inspectors and the state vet.
    Soon after livestock interests got control over wild buffalo, Governor Marc Racicot and the state used MCA 81-2-120 as a legal battering ram against Yellowstone National Park for “permitting” wild buffalo to naturally migrate. A court-forced legal settlement created the Interagency Bison Management Plan that has been in place since 2000. The plan is for the American people to pay the Montana Department of Livestock and Yellowstone National Park to harm and destroy our country’s last wild buffalo on our National Parks and National Forests.
    Irrational “permanent haze-back” deadlines and “bison-tolerant zones” have harmed the buffalo and degraded wildlife habitat. In this government-led war against the buffalo, the public will not hear about the contributions that buffalo provide to the ecosystem. The government does not bring public attention to the suffering it has caused to native plants, birds and animals when newborn buffalo calves flee Montana, driven away under the propellers of livestock agency helicopters. Harassing still pregnant buffalo and baby calves off nourishing spring grasses from our public forests and parks is an unreported crime.
    Following instinctive faithfulness to calving grounds, migratory buffalo must run a lethal gauntlet of Treaty and state hunters along the Park’s borders to adjoining National Forest lands. Wild buffalo must further suffer the harm of captivity in traps on public and private lands. This near-threatened and ecologically extinct native species is further subject to population control experiments with sterilizing agents. Our heritage of wild buffalo is quarantined to produce new offspring for commercial domestic profit. An arbitrary line is drawn on the map beyond which migratory buffalo can never roam again.
    Sympathetic landowners who willingly share their private land with the buffalo are subject to intimidation by armed livestock inspectors and a cadre of government agents who trespass on private land to harass all buffalo out of Montana. The often-heard refrain is: “It’s all part of the plan.” But this heavily biased plan is man-made and can be changed.
    Ignoring long standing condemnation of the government-led buffalo slaughter by American Indian Tribes and traditional leaders, the InterTribal Buffalo Council and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes entered into deals with the National Park Service to take hundreds of “surplus” buffalo to slaughter this winter. The Nez Perce Tribe has also signed a slaughter deal. The Park is pursuing similar arrangements with other Tribal governments to set-up an operational quarantine – a livestock factory – to domesticate wild buffalo. Backing a trailer up to a trap in Yellowstone Park where buffalo are confined and transporting them to slaughter has nothing to do with tradition or the sacred or sovereign rights of tribes.
    American bison in the Hayden Valley, Yellowstone NP. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair
    Our tribal councils and leaders are occupied with many challenges and do not have ready access to adequate information about the Yellowstone buffalo herd’s fate. Oftentimes decision-makers are distanced from their own councils and advisors, traditional and spiritual. Unfortunately, the decisions made on wild buffalo continue to serve the interests of the Montana Department of Livestock and the National Park Service first.
    With the sanction of MCA 81-2-120, Montana and Yellowstone National Park have shot or captured for slaughter 5,097 wild buffalo. This winter, with the shield of tribal involvement, several hundred buffalo were captured for shipment to slaughterhouses.
    The deception that buffalo are a disease risk is not fair to the tribes or the American people. Since cattle infected buffalo in captivity on the Lamar Buffalo Ranch a century ago, there has been no case of wild buffalo transmitting brucellosis back to cattle. Our relative, the buffalo, has been found guilty while the evidence of their innocence has been buried.
    How did this state of affairs come to be?
    This highly corrupt plan, and the law upon which it is based, would cease to function without the support of the U.S. Congress. Our representatives in Washington D.C. have misappropriated $40 million of the American people’s money to fund a tragic and disastrous death policy for our national icon.
    In spite of fourteen years of the Interagency Bison Management Plan’s existence, Montana has not conceded to giving even one more acre of year-round habitat to migratory buffalo. There is no ‘kill-free’ zone for a native species Montana’s own biologists recognize as vulnerable to “extinction or extirpation in the state.”
    A long overdue public process to review year-round buffalo habitat by Montana was recently blocked by cattle ranchers in collusion with the Board of Livestock. But even under the most “tolerant” alternative, wild buffalo would be confined to 0.4% of Montana’s habitat. Montana cattle ranchers now intend for the public and the tribes to swallow a poison pill: a fragment of year-round habitat in exchange for continuously slaughtering buffalo.
    The boogeyman of brucellosis raised by cattle ranchers to seize management authority over the public’s wild buffalo no longer exists.
    Today, cattle are being managed under a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture-APHIS approved and taxpayer supported plan. Ranchers benefit $9.50 to $14 per head by vaccinating cattle. Despite the few cases of brucellosis transmission from wild elk to cattle, Montana’s Designated Surveillance Area rules have protected the state’s brucellosis free status. Statewide, the cost-savings for Montana cattle ranchers is $22 to $46 million dollars and multiplying. The new rules have also removed whole herd cattle slaughter and diminished the threat of state sanctions against Montana cattle that contract brucellosis.
    Montana’s cattle ranchers are being taken care of, but the public’s one remaining population of wild buffalo is being massacred.
    Montana’s Constitution mandates that we take special considerations to ensure the persistence of native wildlife species for future generations. We must rally to repeal the corrupting influence of MCA 81-2-120, a misbegotten law that is destroying our natural and cultural heritage. Montanans must act together and provide a welcome home for wild buffalo.
    Traditional people must guide our tribal leadership in a manner that reflects the integrity of our historical and cultural relationship with our relative, the buffalo. Montana politics has made a mockery of a keystone species. The capitalist culture has commodified the buffalo for shameless profit. The slaughter of the buffalo is not about a disease, really. It is about a commodity and profiting from that commodity. We, as a species, must take into account how our beliefs and actions are affecting the future of all species. We must make every effort to acknowledge the need for a care-taking culture that respects and honors the role of a sacred species.
    Can decision-makers rise above the intense politics that swirl around this sacred species? Can we root out the entrenched, corrupt forces that threaten the future of wild buffalo? The time yet to come for buffalo now rests upon the vision, courage and leadership of our tribal leaders and the American people.
    Respectfully,
    Rosalie Little Thunder, Pte Oyate
    Email: rosalie.littlethunder@gmail.com
    Darrell Geist, habitat coordinator, Buffalo Field Campaign
    Email: z@wildrockies.org

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  11. ROSALIE LITTLE THUNDER
    Aug 14, 2014
    http://rapidcityjournal.com/obits/little-thunder-rosalie/article_e5454363-3108-5d3e-a51d-62581d081913.html

    At the time of her passing, Rosalie was an adjunct professor at Black Hills State University American Indian Studies Department, where she taught the Lakota language for many years. She also worked with the Lakota Bible Translation Project, helping to translate the bible into the heart language of the Lakota people. Rosalie spearheaded various projects as a consultant and also as a highly-respected teacher in a self-driven Cultural Mapping project called KiLakotapi. Her intense commitment to the continuation of Lakota cultural ways and language, her compassion for the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation), and her adamant stance for environmental justice and natural resource protections took her upon worldwide travels such as India, Ecuador, Mexico, and Canada.

    Rosalie served on several non-profit boards such as the Buffalo Field Campaign, Owe Aku Justice International, Seventh Generation Fund, and the South Dakota Peace and Justice. She was also a cherished honorary member of several non-profit organization including Honor the Earth, Indigenous Environmental Network, the Wolakota Foundation, the Brave Heart Society, and many others. Rosalie was an active member of the Kat’ela Okalakiciye (Traditional Lakota Elderly Women’s Society). She also participated in the Sicangu Constitutional Convention, which amended the tribal constitution and by-laws. She proposed Article IV, Section 1(v), which states: (v) The Tribal Council shall develop plans and consider implications of the decisions they make on the next seven generations. (Amendment S effective September 20, 2007 — vote 528 for; 262 against; 16 ballots spoiled or mutilated). This proposed Article was approved and adopted by the people and is now Tribal Law.

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  12. From WILDLIFE NEWS
    Yellowstone bison slaughter has begun
    http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2016/02/15/yellowstone-bison-slaughter-has-begun/

    Rather than the slaughterhouse it seems to me that if the bison were distributed over a considerably larger area in Montana outside the Park, the hunt would make more difference. Perhaps too Park personnel could strategically kill some bison at carefully considered areas in the Park backcountry to help the grizzly population. Each carcass provides much bear nutrition. Bison carcasses inside Yellowstone will be more significant if the grizzly is delisted and the states take to hunting grizzlies in any way like they hunt the more resilient wolves.

    Opposition to bison occupying more territory has long faced opposition from ranchers who say they fear bison will spread brucellosis to cattle if they share any range. It is frustrating that this myth never dies despite no biological evidence or cases of cattle with brucellosis from bison

    One bright note is that this winter Montana’s governor, Steve Bullock, issued a decision that would let bison use about 250-thousand acres of land adjacent to the Park boundaries on the northwest, and west sides of Yellowstone. The decision has yet to be adopted, however, by the Interagency Bison Committee.
    Ranchers are trying to block the governor’s change. They say it will spread brucellosis, their weary battle cry. I have always thought the real reason is they don’t want to share the grass. Then too, keeping bison down is just another way of showing their sense of cultural superiority.

    Journalist Chris Ketcham has been trying to cover the actual capture and penning of the bison, plus the shipment to slaughterhouse. The Park Service did not want him to see this. He and Stephanie Seay sued for an injunction to stop the capture, but they did not get it.

    Today Ketcham has an article in the New York Times, “The Bison Roundup the Government Wants to Hide”

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    • Rather than the slaughterhouse it seems to me that if the bison were distributed over a considerably larger area in Montana outside the Park, the hunt would make more difference. Perhaps too Park personnel could strategically kill some bison at carefully considered areas in the Park backcountry to help the grizzly population. Each carcass provides much bear nutrition. Bison carcasses inside Yellowstone will be more significant if the grizzly is delisted and the states take to hunting grizzlies in any way like they hunt the more resilient wolves.

      You know, I was wondering this very same thing myself, when I read that the grizzlies are coming out of hibernation early this year. If something really must be done, and I have my doubts. Makes too much sense I guess, and also has not been approved by their real bosses, the livestock industry, who own these agencies, it appears. I also read that not a single transmission of brucellosis from bison has ever been recorded (from the Chris Ketchum article).

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  13. I thought they were going to be able to release some to the tribes in Eastern Montana?? last I heard the fence was getting ready. this I firmly believe is the right way to go. Ted Turner has gotten a lot of the Yellowstone bison. why can not the tribes do the same. thank you Louie for this information.

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  14. idaursine you are making to much sense!! dang common sense should be the answer! back in the 1800’s yes this was getting passed on. now adays makes me wonder.

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