Opposition attacks tribal takeover of bison range
Tuesday, September 2, 2003

Conservationists, non-Indians and anti-treaty rights groups are protesting a proposed takeover of the National Bison Range by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana.

Conservationists and some public employee groups fear the takeover is part of a Bush administration push to privatize management of federal jobs. They worry about the future of the national park system if the tribes are successful with the effort.

Non-Indian residents and the Citizens Equal Rights Foundation, an anti-treaty rights group, say the tribes aren't capable and will discriminate against non-Indians. The director of CERF claims the tribes want to put a casino on the range.

The range is located within the boundaries of the Flathead Reservation and is populated by bison that were donated by the tribes.

Get the Story:
Groups Lock Horns Over Bison Range (The Washington Post 9/2)

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

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