New York Times: Tribes can manage bison range
Wednesday, September 3, 2003

The New York Times endorses a bid by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana to manage the National Bison Range.

The paper says "no one disputes the excellent management and conservation record of the Salish and Kootenai." The tribes have a deep historical, legal and cultural connection to the range, which is located entirely within the Flathead Reservation, the paper says.

"If the Salish and Kootenai can reach an agreement with the Fish and Wildlife Service, something will not have been taken from the public. Something will have been added to it," the paper says.

The only caveat the paper has is that if an agreement is reached under the Indian Self-Determination Act, it should not set a precedent "for the wholesale privatization of federal parks, monuments or reserves."

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