By Scott Hunter
Grand Coulee Star 

Tribes import bison to reservation


Last updated 10/4/2023 at 5:20pm

Photo courtesy of the Colville Tribes

New residents of the Colville Reservation huddle together as they survey their new home Monday.

The Colville Tribes announced Monday it had released nearly two dozen buffalo onto the open range on the reservation "to live in the wild" and that they planned to release all 30 they were receiving from the Kalispel Tribe.

The animals once lived by the millions, primarily in the central plains for North America, until they were nearly driven to extinction through uncontrolled hunting and a U.S. government policy of eradication tied to intentional harm against, and control of, tribes, according to a Dept. of Interior statement released Sept. 7, when the government announced $5 million in funding to further goals of department's Grasslands Keystone Initiative.

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