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A small group of bison roam the Snake Butte Pasture on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana. (<a href="http://conservationmedia.com/">ConservationMedia</a>)
Article November 1, 2023

In Montana, Wild Bison Are Back, and an Entire Ecosystem Is Healing

The return of bison ten years ago to their home on tribal lands at the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation has helped restore an ecosystem and tribal culture.

A bison grazes at American Prairie.
(Ami Vitale for Earthjustice)
feature October 7, 2022

How We Helped Bison Make a Huge Comeback

Earthjustice is using the power of the law to restore and recover wildlife — including bison.

Press Release August 29, 2022

American Prairie to Defend Bison Grazing on North-Central Montana Public Lands

Earthjustice to represent American Prairie in the appeal

Bison are a keystone species, creating a cascade of environmental conditions that benefit countless other wildlife. As bison graze, they prune and encourage growth of native grasses, fertilize the soils, and carve out habitat for smaller creatures. The Northern Rockies office has protected bison and their iconic prairie ecosystem for decades. (Ami Vitale for Earthjustice)
feature August 7, 2023

Northern Rockies

Highlights of how Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies office has leveraged the power of partnership and the law to defend communities, sacred lands and wildlife, and clean air and water.

Kendall Edmo, with her two year old daughter, in the Badger-Two Medicine.
(Rebecca Drobis for Earthjustice)
feature September 1, 2023

Too Sacred To Drill

The Blackfeet Nation has prevailed in a four-decade fight to fend off oil and gas development in the Badger-Two Medicine region of Montana.

Press Release May 24, 2011

Groups Seek To Shield Bison From Over-reaching Lawsuit

Winter foraging north of Yellowstone Park at issue

Press Release June 19, 2013

Montana's Highest Court Clears Way for Return of Wild Bison

Bison transfer to Fort Belknap tribes to proceed

Press Release April 8, 2014

Victory for Wild Bison in Montana

Montana judge rejects effort to classify wild bison as“livestock”

Press Release: Victory January 7, 2013

Court Rules Bison Can Roam

Rejects unreasonable demand to return to widespread buffalo slaughter

One of the newborn bison calves, born at Montana's Fort Peck in the spring of 2012.
(Bill Campbell for Earthjustice)
Article October 16, 2013

Bison: Wildlife or Livestock?

As wild bison return to the plains, ranchers target them as livestock

Press Release August 14, 2008

Horse Butte Residents Seek to Shield Bison from Stockmen Lawsuit

Bison safety on prime spring calving grounds at stake

Press Release March 12, 2014

Montana Supreme Court Affirms Bison Can Roam

Rejects unreasonable demand to return to widespread buffalo slaughter

One of the newborn bison calves, born at Montana's Fort Peck in the spring of 2012.
(Bill Campbell for Earthjustice)
Article August 23, 2013

More Wild Bison Return Home To Montana

Some extra thunder rumbled into north central Montana, when wild bison finally set hooves on the ground at Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. The return was the culmination of legal efforts to restore the animals to their historic prairie habitat. Members of the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes were eager to receive them.

Article May 25, 2012

Scofflaw Bison Occupy Private Grazing Lands Near Yellowstone

A group of 27 bison occupying privately owned grazing lands outside of Yellowstone National Park’s western border were detained by authorities on May 24. The group of animals included 12 newborn calves, 12 mothers, and three juveniles. The Montana Department of Livestock led the raid with support from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and…

Bison are the only native wildlife species still unnaturally confined to the political boundaries of Yellowstone National Park for any part of the year.
(J. Schmidt / NPS)
case: Victory January 7, 2013

Bison Return to Ancestral Lands

Bison are the only native wildlife species still unnaturally confined to the political boundaries of Yellowstone National Park for any part of the year. In 2008, more than 1,400 bison—about one-third of the current size of Yellowstone’s bison population—were captured and slaughtered by government agencies while leaving Yellowstone in search of food. Federal and state…

Protection of wildlife is about preserving what remains special and mysterious about the world in which we live. The return of the American Bison to the Great Plains is a victory for preserving our American heritage.
(Sergio Boccardo / Shutterstock)
Article November 6, 2014

Top Four Reasons the American Bison Makes a Great Mascot

“Both males and females have horns”

Press Release: Victory May 28, 2010

Court Rejects Stockgrowers' Demand to Haze or Slaughter All Horse Butte Bison

Cattle conflict non-existent

Document September 30, 2021

WI Wolves – Declaration of Brian Bisonette

Declaration of Brian Bisonette in support of motion for preliminary injunction to stop Wisconsin from holding a wolf hunt in November 2021.