Wind River Tribal Buffalo Initiative

The Wind River Tribal Buffalo Initiative has been established to increase habitat for buffalo and help facilitate reconnection to the animal for the Shoshone and Arapaho people on the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR). There are educational, academic, nutritional, cultural and spiritual implications to restoring buffalo to Tribal communities. This year was the first time in nearly 140 years that the Shoshone Tribe was able to utilize their own animals from their own lands for annual Sundance ceremonies. Last year was the first time for the Northern Arapaho Tribe. Collectively, there are now more than 160 buffalo between the two Tribes’ herds, with the addition of 18 calves so far this season. Growing the population requires providing additional habitat through land acquisition and land-use change. The WRTBI is working with many community programs and all of the Tribal school districts, as well as several non-Native schools, to ensure youth and community have an understanding of the historic and contemporary importance of buffalo to Tribal communities and the land. 

Grantee Information

Year(s) Awarded: 2023