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PART 2-Page 3
January 2003-Snowwowl

National Geographic Photo

Lakota teacher Harry Charger at 
Cheyenne River Indian Reservation; 
National Geographic Photo

Harry Charger: “You can tell by the width of his head, the set of his horns, that was Tatanka, the big bull.”, in regard to the picture above. “This skull he will place at the entrance to his sweat lodge, a place of ceremony and prayer.”  

Triple 7 Ranch, near Hermosa , South Dakota , Manager Duane Lammers on raising buffalo versus cattle: “We started seeing the difference right away. If you turn a buffalo onto a binful of grain, it won’t overeat. Turn them into an alfalfa field, and they won’t bloat. On Forest Service lands we monitored the state of the range, and we discovered that perennial grass plants had doubled where the buffalo had grazed. They have sharp hoofs. They break up the soil. That’s improved the turf and improved its ability to hold water as well. Some springs have been regenerated. And since buffalo don’t gang up around water like cattle, we’ve noticed an increase in nesting waterfowl as well. The first year we raised buffalo, we also had hundreds of pregnant beef cows, a hard blizzard hit at the of April when the cows were calving, and we worked 24-hour days doing obstetrics to take care of them. But the buffalo just stopped calving during the blizzard and waited until afterward to give birth. That’s when we realized that this is one hell of an animal that nature created. And that’s when we sold off all our beef.”  

The Native Americans have been trying to tell people this for centuries.

Old Photo of Yellowstone Park Buffalo ; National Geographic Photo

Old Photo of Yellowstone National Park Buffalo; National Geographic Photo


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