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Native Americans Are Saving Bison From Extinction


January 2, 2019

Native Americans are bringing wild, free-roaming bison back to prairies across North America. The task is difficult, time-consuming, and requires coordination between tribes, governments, and wildlife activists. However, with the recent success they’ve experienced, the goal doesn’t seem so impossible anymore.

Saving the bison (or buffalo, as known to Native Americans) is more than just an environmental effort to protect the majestic animal. While they do serve as important sources of sustenance for many tribes, bison are also spiritually important because they serve as an important spiritual figure to many nations across North America. They revere the bison as a symbol of strength and unity. Protecting them is protecting Native Americans’ livelihood, culture, and spirituality.


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