Cherokee Nation receives 2 bison from Yellowstone

BY STACIE BOSTON
Multimedia Reporter
08/25/2020 10:30 AM
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BULL HOLLOW – On Aug. 17, the Cherokee Nation welcomed two bison bulls from Yellowstone National Park to its herd.

“We’ve got an opportunity to increase what we do here and of course we’ve got great hopes for the future,” said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.

Because of the relationship between the CN and the InterTribal Buffalo Council, the CN was one of 16 tribes across the country to receive bison from Yellowstone.

Until 2014, the CN had not raised bison for 40 years. After spending approximately two years working with the InterTribal Buffalo Council, the tribe’s herd now has approximately 180 bison.

Hoskin said receiving the bison is significant because in the Cherokee’s original homelands bison roamed the woodland areas and all along the Atlantic Coast. As for now, he said having bison will help the tribe diversify what it does.

“One of the things we ought to be doing is getting involved in agriculture and getting involved in the production of these animals to a great use for the Cherokee Nation,” said Hoskin.

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