Friday, February 17, 2012

BFC Meets with Wyoming/Montana Tribal Council

On Tuesday, February 7th, an important meeting was held in Billings, Montana with fifteen tribal council members from ten different Nations; the purpose was to bring awareness to the Council of the urgency surrounding the Yellowstone buffalo situation. Representatives from BFC were invited by Jimmy St. Goddard, a Blackfoot man of ceremony, cultural spokesperson and pupil of respected elder, Tiny Man Heavy Runner. Jimmy had visited West Yellowstone the week prior to the meeting, where he conducted a solidarity ceremony, designating BFC headquarters near Hebgen Lake as a Sacred Site. He also spoke of other sacred sites in the area that needed to be awakened for the good of the ecosystem and spiritual connection that has been in a slumber since the turn of the century. It was obvious that an important alliance was being woven.

The meeting in Billings opened with concerns of Native high school and college student on sports teams who were being discriminated upon with the referees and administration turning a blind eye. After two hours, it was time for Jimmy to speak. He stood up and opened with a traditional greeting and introduced Mike Mease, BFC co-founder, and myself, and told the Council why we were there. I was asked to say a few words and then sing an honor song. It was a great honor. Jimmy then spoke of the need for the tribes to be more of a voice for the eniwa (buffalo) and to reclaim their Treaty rights that are just now starting to be "honored" and could potentially help save the Yellowstone buffalo from further annihilation at the hands of the Montana Department of Livestock and Yellowstone National Park's "mismanagement" program. As the Council went around and voiced some comments, Jimmy began to sweat (did I forget to mention his wife was back at the hotel...eight months pregnant?). He then received a phone call from the hotel that his wife, Francine, was going into labor and an ambulance was on the way. Mike immediately rushed over to the hotel to pick up his two other kids, Natoosi and Serena. When Mike returned, we all piled into the van and rushed to the hospital. Three hours later, Jimmy's newest son came into this world on such an important day... a day of solidarity, interconnectedness and rebirth. Just another reminder of why we do what we do ... for the generations to come.

With the Buffalo,

~ Good Shield

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Petition To Stop Slaughter of Yellowstone Bison

Please sign this petition! Below is a copy of the letter you will be signing.
Click here to go to petition.

Yellowstone National Park: Stop the slaughter of North American Bison
Greetings,
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Yellowstone National Park (307) 344-2003 or yell_superintendent@nps.gov.

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Yellowstone National Park: Stop the slaughter of North American Bison

Yellowstone National Park is our first National Park. North American Bison are one of many iconic native wildlife species, including but not limited to grizzly bears, wolves, elk, moose, mule deer, pronghorn and bighorn sheep, that spend at least some time in Yellowstone National Park. However, Yellowstone National Park is not large enough to provide for all the needs of these incredible wildlife species and many migrate to and from the wild lands of the surrounding Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Bison are the only native species that have been singled out by the Park Service, in particular Superintendent Dan Wenk, as needing "control" within the Park and he intends on capturing, confining and sending hundreds of these wild animals to slaughter houses to be killed. This flies in the face of Yellowstone National Park's natural regulation policy, which has been in place since the 1960's. Once numbering in the tens of millions, these few bison (about 3,000 animals) are now one of the only remaining wild herds left in North American. It is critical we send a strong message to Superintendent Dan Wenk to respect and protect these bison as valued native wildlife within Yellowstone National Park. Stop the slaughter! Let them be wild!

Yellowstone Says It Will Slaughter Bison!

BFC photo

Yellowstone National Park is back to enjoying another blood bath within the next week or 2.
The last big slaughter was winter 2007-2008 in which the park gladly helped kill 1,631. Due however to public outcry the park decided killing bison in the park and around the park wasn't good for PR, so Yellowstone quit.

Now, however park officials say, keeping bison numbers under control is key to increasing public tolerance for the animals. read more


The current number of bison as of last summer is estimated to be 3,700 according to YNP. In 2010 the population was estimated to be 3,900.

Please contact YNP Superintendent Dan Wenk yell_superintendent@nps.gov or call him 307-344-2003
and tell him NO SLAUGHTER!