Yellowstone Bison Transports: Native Nations Restoration 

As we say when we leave before dawn to go to a field project, it was "zero-dark thirty." 

Every winter, I look forward to this trip with great anticipation: transporting wild bison 500 miles from Yellowstone to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana.

The fact that the animals will be utilized to create cultural herds on tribal territories is the nicest aspect.  

The goal of the Yellowstone Bison Conservation Transfer Program (BCTP) is to assist Native American tribes in repopulating their buffalo herds.  

The cultural and ecological restoration of bison to the plains, known as Tatanka in Lakota and Iinnii in Blackfeet, is a major program for Defenders of Wildlife.

I am in charge of program coordination and transportation, which includes employing Blackfeet Tribe drivers and trucks.  

Along with Robbie Magnan, a member of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes and the director of the Fort Peck Game and Fish Department, I also collaborate closely with partners.  

Together, Robbie and I have been fighting for the Fort Peck Tribes to get Yellowstone bison under the BCTP for almost seven years.

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