Buffalo are vital to the well-being of Indigenous people and the land itself. Learn More

The return of

The Buffalo

(Boy-zhan Bi-den)

The Wind River Tribal Buffalo Initiative is

Restoring our Connection with the Buffalo

Wyoming Buffalo Restoration

Healing the Land, Healing Ourselves

Millions of Buffalo once roamed the Great Plains of America. They were integral to the ecosystem of prairies and the Native peoples who long called them home.

Buffalo provided food, clothing, and shelter, and were essential in the spiritual ceremonies of Tribes. Nearly every part of the animal was used, including horns, meat, and tail hairs.

As we work to restore the Buffalo, a process of renewal and healing begins that balances human, animal, and environmental health.

Buffalo Territory

Before 1800, it is estimated that 60 million Buffalo roamed the plains of North America. By 1900, there were fewer than two dozen left in Yellowstone.

Notes from Sage Country

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“The Buffalo was part of us, his flesh and blood being absorbed by us until it became our own flesh and blood. Our clothing, our tipis, everything we needed for life came from the buffalo’s body. It was hard to say where the animals ended and the human began.”
– John (Fire) Lame Deer, Lame Deer Seeker of Visions
Photo of Jason Baldes by Kelly Gorham

Meet Jason Baldes

Founder of Wind River Tribal Buffalo Initiative

“The Buffalo have helped me, personally. I know that as the Buffalo heal and are restored to this land, our people will also be healed and restored. Because, we have a connection with them. We are people of the Buffalo.”

OUR FOUNDER

The Story of the Buffalo

News & Stories

We are Here, and Buffalo are our History and Future
We are Here, and Buffalo are our History and Future

The history of the land on which we walk is engraved in the earth, as people have been here for thousands of years. Whether it is the high-elevation mountains, the driest deserts, fastest flowing streams and everywhere in between, Indigenous people were there. Within...

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How Bison Create a Network of Healing
How Bison Create a Network of Healing

The history between Native Americans and Buffalo is not a story that everyone knows, but our histories are intricately intertwined. We are similar in that we both are now on remnants of our once vast territories. That history should be understood by all Americans. The...

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Reaching Our Goal

We are restoring the Wind River Indian Reservation with conservation Buffalo, free of cattle genetics and protected under Tribal law. Our goal is to have 1,000 or more.

Buffalo Hooves

10

BUFFALO IN 2016

Buffalo Head

100+

BUFFALO IN 2022

Mama + Baby Buffalo

1000+

BUFFALO IN THE FUTURE

Buffalo mom and calf

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