Background

Background

The Bison Range Working Group was established by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation (CSKT) to provide a forum for public information and comment on the proposed legislation to restore the lands of the National Bison Range to federal trust ownership for the benefit of the CSKT.

The Bison Range was created more than a century ago by President Theodore Roosevelt and Congress, which authorized funding to establish the range in 1908. The 18,766-acre range in the heart of the Flathead Reservation is home to hundreds of healthy buffalo, and offers a rare convergence of public and tribal interests.

The draft legislation: 1) restores management of the Bison Range back to local control while the land remains in federal ownership in trust, once again, for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; 2) requires continued public access; and 3) continues to require management solely for bison, wildlife, and natural resource conservation purposes. The draft legislation also prohibits the land restoration from being interpreted as a precedent for any other situation involving federal properties or facilities.

CSKT anticipates convening with other partners to consider comments submitted to this website. Further opportunities for public participation and input will be available upon the introduction of legislation.

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service published a notice in the Federal Register saying that it intends to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the National Bison Range, accompanied by an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The notice indicates that, as part of the EIS, the Service intends to evaluate management options. The Service identifies as its preferred management option one wherein Congress restores the National Bison Range to federal trust ownership for CSKT for bison conservation and public access/education purposes.

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