April 15, 2023
We were recently invited to join the Tribal Talks discussion at Teton County Library. Thank you to Jackson Hole News & Guide for writing a story before the gathering.
Explore the historical relationships between people and buffalo with Jason Baldes and Shane Doyle in the second Tribal Talk, “Reintroduction of Bison: Traditional and Contemporary Values.”
For Baldes and Doyle the Thursday evening talk at Teton County Library is not just about looking backward, but also about the future and restoring the connections between the large ruminant and youth and community.
Baldes and Doyle have been colleagues of 15 years. Baldes is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and oversees its buffalo herd. Doyle is a Montana-based scholar, teacher and community advocate whose work focuses on the history and heritage of Native American tribes of the Northern Great Plains. He is an enrolled member of the Apsáalooke Nation, also known as the Crow Tribe.
And as executive director of the Wind River Tribal Buffalo Initiative, Baldes manages the tribe’s herd of 77 buffalo. He introduced 800 tribal youth to those buffalo last summer.