|Meeting of Yellowstone Bison Relocation. Among the participants are members of Assiniboine and Sioux tribes.|
It has been recently reported that a bison relocation hearing was held at Montana's Glasgow Civic Center. It was sponsored by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in a plan to relocate Yellowstone's bison into four areas of the state. These include two wildlife management areas, and two Indian reservations: Fort Peck and Fort Belknap. In 2005 and 2006, bison were captured while leaving the national park and were held at quarantined ranches near Bozeman. Even though the effort was met with overwhelming opposition, about forty tribal members and officials from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation lent their support. Among the supporters included Robbie Magnan, the Fort Peck's tribal buffalo ranch manager, who believed the plan would help the reservation's members to reconnect with their traditions and culture. Councilman Stoney Anketell added that the relocation would help distribute bison meat to more than 1,000 diabetics on the reservation. The tribes from each of the two reservations had established their own parcels for the animals. The Fort Peck Indian Reservation consists of a 4,800-acre plot, while Fort Belknap has an 800-acre pasture. The plan, though, was met with opposition from some local ranchers who were concerned about the containment issue. One of them was Ken Hanson, a rancher from Blaine County, who expressed his opposition regarding mismanagement, neglect, and overcrowding. Some like Jason Holt was upset that the decision was being made by a state commission instead of local residents.
|The American bison has been the major food source to Native Americans for generations.|
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