The treaty, which appears on a large piece of parchment paper, recognizes the importance and cooperative efforts required to bring the lumberjack back to the tribes/First Nations in the United States and Canada. I was humbled and honoured to be invited to sign the treaty also on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife as a signatory and partner in the protection of nature. After going to the signing table, I said, “Help yourself bring your buffalo back, that`s the most rewarding part of my job. Defenders is a proud and eager partner to continue to support treaty members if you make efforts to obtain bison for these generations and for future generations. I heard applause and howls when I resisted with our partners from the conservation NGO, the Wildlife Conservation Society (a treaty champion), the World Wildlife Fund and the National Wildlife Federation. This year`s contract meeting was sponsored by the Confederates Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation and was held in Polson, Montana on beautiful Flathead Lake. The two-day event culminated with ceremony and singing. Five other tribes signed the treaty this year, each talking about what the buffalo means to its people. The historic agreement formalizes intertribal cooperation for the restoration of bison in appropriate tribal and non-tribal lands. “The herd has grown.
The job now is to create more space and provide more of our land so that it can exist, and to bring a population to a sustainable level where we can start harvesting again. We can start by using them in ceremonies, have an educational program to work with our youth, bring our elders together with our youth and revitalize our language to learn how to use all parts of bison. It is part of cultural revitalization. We are just happy to be part of these efforts and to be with those other tribes that are working to preserve the bison. ” – Jason Baldes, Eastern Shoshone Tribe, Wind River “Buffaloes are a sacred being for our ceremonies and culture, and in no way should it be used for political gain,” says The Treaty Six Letter. The audacity to choose the very four-legged being that your ancestors tried to destroy to destroy our existence is an insult to our people. Fort Peck Reserve, with its new state-of-the-art bison plant, will soon serve as a buffalo restoration centre for Yellowstone bison for definitive testing for non-Aboriginal brucellosis, which can then be transferred to other tribal buffalo programs in the area. Since Yellowstone-Bisons is finally available for restoration, the contract will be even more important for the return of buffaloes from his tribe. “I think Albertans have learned from our long history that a province, when it asks for another agreement with the federal government, tends to get something,” Miljan said. The initial signing of the contract took place on September 23, 2014 in Blackfeet, Montana, and four other First Nations sang in August 2015 in Banff, Alberta. This treaty, often referred to as the Buffalo Treaty, is an agreement for cooperation, renewal and restoration. It represents an important step for the Aboriginal population to preserve prairie ecosystems and their culture. “Honor, recognize and resuscitate the old relationship that smoldered in the time of Ermes in BUFFALO, in order to live among us again, as ES CREATOR intended, doing everything in our power for us and BUFFALO to re-accustomed themselves to cultural and spiritual maintenance.” It will contribute to the creation of a national agenda that will bring bison back into the country and allow them to migrate freely between the United States and Canada.