More bison to join American Indian herd in Wyoming

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Cheyenne, Wyo. - A bison herd on Wyoming's Wind River Indian Reservation continues to grow.

Tribal officials and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan to release 10 more bison on the reservation Saturday. Ten bison released last fall were the first to roam the reservation in over a century. Last spring, a calf was born to those animals.

Eastern Shoshone buffalo representative Jason Baldes says the animals are culturally significant to the tribe, which used to rely on the animals for food. Baldes says the new herd promotes healing from a history of atrocities against the tribe.

Tribal officials eventually want a herd of 1,000 animals or more.

The bison come from the National Bison Range in Montana. Unlike most bison these days, they are almost completely free of cattle genes.