Bison agreement with tribe under speedy review

The National Park Service is reviewing an agreement with the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota over allegations the tribe is mismanaging a herd that comes from a national park.

Under a five-year agreement, excess bison from Theodore Roosevelt National Park are given to the tribe. The agreement expires next year.

A veterinarian said the herd is in poor condition, an allegation refuted by tribal workers. But an ex-employee who is being transferred out of the bison unit claims the tribe neglected the herd.

A review by a veterinarian brought in by the tribe showed no major deaths.

Get the Story:
Park says 'urgent' bison issue is under review (The Bismarck Tribune 4/28)

Relevant Links:
Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation - http://www.mhanation.com

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