CN joins InterTribal Buffalo Council
1/20/2014 8:55:43 AM
BY STAFF REPORTS

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – During a recent meeting in Las Vegas, the Cherokee Nation became the 59th tribe to join the InterTribal Buffalo Council, which is the initial step in determining whether it is feasible for the tribe to acquire bison for tourism or commercial use.

“The Cherokee Nation’s acceptance into the InterTribal Buffalo Council is a very positive move in the bison acquisition process,” Gunter Gulager, CN Natural Resources director, said. “As a member of this council, the tribe will have access to the bison within our country’s national parks and be able to call upon experts to aid in the development of a business plan that best suits the tribe.”

The ITBC coordinates the transfer of surplus buffalo from national parks to tribal lands. It also provides training and technical assistance to its members. At least three other Oklahoma tribes are members, according to the ITBC website.

The CN Natural Resources department will work with the ITBC to develop a business plan that is expected to go before the Tribal Council in January or February.
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