Bison hurd in Pine Ridge Indian reservation

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Buffalos are important part of Lakota culture. For centuries, both the buffalo and the Plains Indians prospered.<br />
 As the U.S. government  looked to expand westward after the Civil War, they started to infringe upon Indian lands. During the Plains Indian Wars, as the U.S. Army attempted to drive Indians off the Plains and into reservations, the Army had little success because the warriors could live off the land and elude them—wherever the buffalo flourished, the Indians flourished. The end came quickly—less than 400 wild bison were left by 1893.<br />
 The Intertribal Bison Council was formed in 1990 to assist tribes in returning buffalo to Indian country and now has a collective herd of more than 15,000 bison divided among 57 tribes in the western United States up to Alaska and over to the Great Lakes area of Michigan.
Buffalos are important part of Lakota culture. For centuries, both the buffalo and the Plains Indians prospered.
As the U.S. government looked to expand westward after the Civil War, they started to infringe upon Indian lands. During the Plains Indian Wars, as the U.S. Army attempted to drive Indians off the Plains and into reservations, the Army had little success because the warriors could live off the land and elude them—wherever the buffalo flourished, the Indians...
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