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Morongo Band's donation pays for transfer of bison

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians donated $75,000 to transfer nearly 100 bison from Catalina Island in California to the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.

The move will begin at a ceremony on Wednesday. The Morongo Band, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Gabrieleno/Tongva Band will take part in the ceremony.

The bison are being move off Catalina because there are too many animals. The herd was brought to the island in 1924 from the Plains for the filming of "The Vanishing American," a movie about the "disappearance" of Indian civilization.

Get the Story:
Tribe helps relocate bison from Catalina (The San Bernardino County Sun 12/14)

Relevant Links:
Rosebud Sioux Tribe -
In Defense of Animals -
Catalina Island Conservancy -

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Island bison herd donated to Rosebud Sioux Tribe (12/13)