about Native American involvement?
Native Americans the buffalo represent the essence of their
social, cultural, and spiritual identity and a relationship
tens of thousands of years old. That the tribes haven't been
allowed at the table where the ranchers, land managers, and
politicians decide the fate of the buffalo reflects both the
lack of wisdom and the utter disrespect of those in charge.
No one has a closer relationship to the buffalo than the Native
Why are the tribes being left out?
and Marsha Frazier along with others held fasts and prayer ceremonies
over the past twenty years for the buffalo of Yellowstone. Scott
has been informed about the State of Montana and killing buffalo
since the sixties when they wiped out the herd on the Crow reservation.
Scott and Marsha along with John Potter began fasting in the
park during the hunts by the State of Montana for the safety
of the buffalo. The Fraziers and Mr. Potter help numerous prayer
fasts and ceremonies during the eighties and nineties in and
outside Yellowstone as well as holding the first Sun Dance in
Yellowstone for "All things Sacred". During this Sun
Dance Mr Frazier dreamed about a white calf being born to the
Yellowstone herd. " The herd came close to me and let me
see the calf. They then ran over a hill so no one else could
see the calf". Mr. Frazier waits for the calf to be born
to the Yellowstone herd.
He feels that each year then State kills the buffalo, the State
takes away from the possibility of finding the calf.
Mr Frazier and Mrs Frazier has prayed for the buffalo numerous
time each year with members of the Buffalo Field Campaign
They pray each day for the peaceful resolve to the issue.
Scott Frazier is Crow and Santee
Marsha is Cherokee
John Potter is Seneca and Chippewa
Many other tribes have participate in Mr Frazier's ceremonies
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and fellow campaign members,
Every time I read "Updates from the field," it grips
my heart and soul, and in many cases it gnaws at an inner anger,
that is overwhelming. I want you to know how muc I appreciate
you and your colleagues efforts in saving the bison in and around
The other day I took my youngest grandson, Hunter, out to the
Winnebago Bison Pasture and introduced him to the herd. I told
them in advance that I was bringing him. He watched part of
the herd for a long time, for a child, and looked to the other
side of the truck, and saw the rest of the herd. He looked at
them and in his own way waved hello to them. He looked really
cute, and it was a touching spiritual experience for me. (This
is a grandfather talking about a grandson, so I can get carried
away.) I want to thank you for your efforts on behalf of youngsters
like Hunter and native generations to come.
For those of us who are unable to be at Yellowstone and still
pray that Grandfather will allow the buffalo to live. We are
ever mindful that it is young men and women like you and your
friends, who are the answers to the prayers of the elders, that
the bison shall live. So please accept this appreciation message
from my family and myself.
Louis LaRose, Bison Caretaker, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
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