Denver donates 33 bison to tribal nations

The City and County of Denver donated 33 bison to tribal nations Monday in an effort to support Native American conservation herds.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock along with other city officials were on hand at Genesee Park to recognize the donation by Denver Parks and Recreation to the Northern Arapaho Tribe, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes and Tall Bull Memorial Council.

“For over a century now, Denver has been the proud caretaker of these Bison herds, and we remain committed to their conservation as an integral part of the ecosystem here in the West,” Hancock said in a statement. “We’re taking that commitment to a new level, and through this effort with our tribal partners, this is an opportunity to help establish, support, and sustain Native American conservation herds across the country.”  

Fifteen of the animals were transferred to the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming; 17 to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma; and 1 to the TallBull Memorial Council in Colorado.

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