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Beautiful News: American Buffalo
For hundreds of years, American buffalo have been an important part of the spiritual and cultural lives of indigenous peoples, and a vital component of the Great Plains ecosystem which extends from Canada to Texas. But when settlers learned how Native Americans depended on the buffalo for survival, they eradicated tribes by killing off the herds. Within a few decades, bison that once numbered over 30 million were on the verge of extinction. In the early 90s, a group of tribes formed the InterTribal Buffalo Council to restore bison populations on native lands. By sustainably managing buffalo herds, they are staying connected to their culture and ensuring the long-term conservation of the species. Visit itbcbuffalonation.org/ to contribute to their mission.