FWS Plan To Share Bison Refuge Management With Tribes Sparks Lawsuit

"The Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai and Pen d'Oreilles tribes consider Montana's National Bison Range part of their heritage, a link to the animals their ancestors once hunted and worshipped."

"More than 100 years ago, Congress bought more than 16,000 acres of the tribes' Flathead Reservation to create the range. According to tribal history, the bison there today partly descend from six calves brought to the area by one of the tribes' ancestors.

So it's no surprise the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) want a larger role in managing the range. Last month, the Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft agreement that would hand over most of the range's day-to-day responsibilities to the tribes, with oversight from the agency's refuge manager."

Emily Yehle reports for Greenwire May 22, 2012.

Source: Greenwire, 05/23/2012