Agreement near for tribal role at National Bison Range

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are near an agreement to manage some functions at the National Bison Range in Montana.

The tribes have been negotiating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The lead federal negotiator said an annual funding agreement is all but certain.

The tribe was managing some functions at the range but the agreement was abruptly pulled. Concerns were raised about the tribe's performance and relations with federal employees.

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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A look at the talks over management of the National Bison Range (KPAK 2/7)
Tribes, USFWS continue bison range talks (AP 2/7)

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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