Bison range talks continue between USFWS and tribes

Washington, D.C. (AP) 2-08

Talks between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the U.S. government over control of Montana’s National Bison Range are expected to continue mid Febuary in Denver.

The tribes and the Fish and Wildlife Service are working with a facilitator to try and smooth a tense relationship between the parties and to decide how best to manage the range.

The range, home to between 350 and 500 bison, is owned by the government but lies within the boundaries of the Flathead Indian Reservation.

In late 2006, the Interior Department abruptly canceled an interim plan that had allowed the CKST a role in managing the range after some agency employees complained of mistreatment by the tribes. The government has said it wants to re-establish that relationship.

 

 

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