National Bison Range lands transferred for tribes


Last updated 9/2/2021 at 3:58pm

Jesse Achtenberg, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The bison graze on the National Bison Range, land which is being transferred for Tribal management.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-In an important move to restore Tribal homelands, the Department of the Interior announced in late June the transfer of all lands comprising the National Bison Range (NBR), approximately 18,800.22 acres, to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to be held in trust for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation in Montana. The lands, which are within the boundaries of the reservation, were transferred to the Bureau from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

"The establishment of the National Bison Range was an historic use of lands to...

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