Tribal horsemen round up hundreds of horses

Billings, Montana (AP) March 2011

Horsemen from the Crow Tribe in Montana gathered about 700 horses belonging to a man charged with animal cruelty after the animals were found wandering tribal lands and nearby ranches without adequate food and water.

Crow Tribal Vice Chairman Calvin Jefferson tells The Billings Gazette that the roundup went smoothly.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs condemned the horses on March 1 because they were trespassing on tribal lands. The BIA contracted with the tribe to round up the horses and feed them until they can be sold in late March or early April.

BIA regional director Ed Parisian says the owner, James Leachman, has five days to redeem his horses, if he can pay for the costs of their care and roundup and the damage they caused the rangeland.