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Bringing back bison: Herd could mean food sovereignty is on the horizon for Red Lake Nation


A bison calf feeds from a cow out in the pasture on Thursday, June 24, 2021, on the Red Lake Buffalo Ranch. (Hannah Olson / Bemidji Pioneer)

RED LAKE -- Ten miles north of Gonvick, Minn., Cherilyn Spears looked around at a space that had been mere grassland two years ago.

"This is called the Red Lake Buffalo Ranch," she said, on a windy, hot day at the end of June.

The area is now home to a starter herd of 11 "mashkode-bizhikiwag," or bison in Ojibwemowin -- which are part of a multifaceted food sovereignty initiative Red Lake Nation.


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