Denver donates 30 bison to Tribal Nations
, 2023-03-15 14:23:26,
“The buffalo are part of the land. This allows us to honor land acknowledgements with action, not just with words.”
The brown fence shook, knocking back some members of the media, as thirty bison were rushed into a white trailer headed toward Native lands. One bison in particular, confused about its destination, got caught between two steel gates before eventually finding its way back into the trailer safely.
The City of Denver and the Denver Parks and Recreation Department transferred 30 bison to the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes in an effort to return the buffalo back to their lands.
“We have approximately 60 bison in two herds, one at Genesee Park and one at Daniels Park. Every year, when they have babies, we get approximately 30 to 35 yearlings,” said Scott Gilmore, Deputy Executive Director of Denver Parks and Recreation.
Things changed when William Tall Bull of the Tall Bull Memorial Council developed a relationship with Gilmore and suggested negotiating a bison transfer.
The first occurred in April 2021 after Tall Bull and Gilmore proposed the idea to the City County, which approved an ordinance to donate American Bison from…
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