ROOM: Room 215 – San Miguel
The InterTribal Buffalo Council (ITBC) is comprised of sixty-three federally recognized Tribes in a twenty state region. ITBC is committed to restoring bison to Tribal lands in a manner that promotes cultural enhancement, spiritual revitalization, ecological restoration, and economic development while remaining compatible with each member Tribe’s traditional beliefs and practices. Collectively, member Tribes have restored over 25,000 animals to roughly 1,000,000 acres of Tribal lands. Tribal models for bison restoration efforts vary depending on Tribal resources, Tribal cultural practices, and Federal and State regulations for bison management and production. These models range from large, expansive, landscape-scale restoration efforts, to cultural heritage and food security/independence conservation. Most of these efforts, with the lone exception of landscape-scale restoration, are not viewed as wildlife conservation, but as commercial production. This panel is organized to challenge that perception and focus instead on how cultural use and economic sustainability are viable options within the Tribal context of bison management.
Organizers: Patrick Toomey, InterTribal Buffalo Council, Rapid City, SD
Supported by: Defenders of Wildlife, World Wildlife Fun, TWS Native Peoples’ Working Group