Montana tribes renew effort to manage National Bison Range
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have relaunched an effort to acquire a federal trust ownership agreement to manage National Bison Range in Montana.
The Flathead Beacon reports tribal leaders announced last week that they had notified the U.S. Department of the Interior and the state’s congressional delegation of the plans to revisit a proposal to restore ownership of the 29-square-mile (76-square-kilometer) refuge.
The refuge operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is located completely within the Flathead Indian Reservation.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester says he is reviewing the proposal.
He says for the effort to be successful, it needs to guarantee public access and include local input as well as be supported by the entire congressional delegation.
Information from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com