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Monday, December 31, 2007

Renewal of Tribal Buffalo Hunt

The Shoshone-Bannock tribes are renewing the tradition of the buffalo hunt. This time it's very carefully regulated, and involves animals they raise.

A 22-year-old woman is the latest member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to kill a buffalo, renewing a tradition of American Indians in the region who once relied on the giant animals for their livelihoods.

Tradition Dann was chosen earlier this year in a random drawing to kill one of the buffaloes her tribe raises in a pasture on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in southwestern Idaho.

Dann's killing of the buffalo, tagged with a violet ear marker with the number "356," is part of broader American Indian interest in ceremonial bison hunting, animals that once numbered in the millions across much of North America before they were reduced to small isolated herds in the mid-19th century by rampant killing by white European settlers pressing west.

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