The return of
The Wind River Tribal Buffalo Initiative is
Restoring our Connection with the Buffalo
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.
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
“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.”
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.”
The Story of the Buffalo
News & Stories
Caption for Photo: Bison herd in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley. PHOTO COURTESY OF YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK FEBRUARY 15, 2024 Except from Article in Explore Big Sky By Benjamin Alva Polley, EBS Contributor In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the world’s...
Caption for Photo: Bison graze on Antelope Flats in Grand Teton National Park. Photo by Bradly J. Boner. DECEMBER 8, 2023 Except from Article in Jackson Hole Magazine By Mike Koshmrl, Jackson Hole Magazine Traffic slows, then eases to a standstill past where the...
Photo Credit: Andrew Moore/Yancey Richardson Gallery NOVEMBER 23, 2023 Excerpt from guest essay in The New York Times By Dayton Duncan, writer of the Ken Burns documentary “The American Buffalo” In 1805, when the Lewis and Clark expedition reached the border of what...
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 IN 2016
BUFFALO IN 2022
BUFFALO IN THE FUTURE
Buffalo in Shoshone