Bringing wild bison and an endangered ecosystem back

A cross-border effort aims to return herds to the Great Plains and restore biodiversity and the land.

  • Young women from Great Falls and Browning, Montana pass around the heart of the buffalo that was harvested during a ceremony on the Blackfeet Reservation in October 2018.

    Louise Johns
  • School children from Great Falls, Montana gather around as a Blackfeet tribal elder blesses the buffalo after it’s life has been taken. The elders call upon the buffalo “to feed our children, to feed our people.”

    Louise Johns
  • Because of today’s herd management on the Blackfeet Reservation, children can get close enough to touch a bison calf with their bare hands.

    Louise Johns
  • Bison on the Blackfeet Reservation are moved to winter pasture. Bison are a keystone species on the Great Plains, but also a keystone to Blackfoot culture, says Leroy Little Bear.

    Louise Johns