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BP: Where the 'mashkode bizhiki' roam: Red Lake Nation plans a bison farm


December 3, 2018

Henry Donnell Sr., who will be the buffalo manager, talks about Red Lake's venture on Thursday at the Red Lake Nation Government Center. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)

GONVICK, Minn.-A snowy, wooded patch of farmland 10 miles north of Gonvick was largely empty on Thursday, but Cherilyn Spears and Henry Donnell, Sr., have a vision for it.

They and other Red Lake Nation staff plan to reintroduce a "seed" herd of plains buffalo there next fall, phase one of a four-year project they hope will have cascading cultural, economic and health benefits for the Ojibwe band and its members.

Cherilyn Spears, project coordinator for economic development in Red Lake, stands where a buffalo farm owned by Red Lake Nation has been proposed. The land is located east of Lower Red Lake. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)


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