Talks resume for tribal contract at bison range

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes met with federal officials last week to discuss management at the National Bison Range in Montana.

The tribe was managing some functions at the range but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service abruptly pulled the contract. Concerns were raised about the tribe's performance and relations with federal employees.

But top Interior Department officials called for a renewed agreement. The two sides met January 16 and 17, The Missoula Independent reports.

The 17,000-acre National Bison Range is located entirely within the Flathead Reservation. Its herd descends from animals that were raised by tribal members.

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Talks with tribes restarted (The Missoula Independent 1/24)

OIG Report:
National Bison Range (November 2007)

Evaluation Report:
Implementation of the Annual Funding Agreement (May 2006)

Relevant Links:
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes -
National Bison Range -
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility -

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