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Weekly Update from the Field September 29, 2005
* Update from the Field
* Volunteers Needed for Woodcut this Weekend!
* East Coast Road Show Underway
* Last Words--Cherokee Prophecy

* Update From the Field
As we gather our firewood and make ready for the approaching winter a few small groups of bull bison have begun their annual migration to lower elevations and another season of Montana's bison intolerance has begun. As we write this, a hazing operation is underway. BFC patrols are out in the field keeping a close eye on things, as we also prepare for the impending hunt.

We know it will be a most difficult season and that we will witness buffalo being gunned down before our eyes. Regardless, we will be in the field with the buffalo, with major national and state media organizations, and we will document and tell the world what this buffalo "hunt" really looks like.

With the need to set up an additional camp in Gardiner so we can monitor and document the hunt in both locations, we need additional cameras, radios, and food to maintain our presence. Your support is critical at this critical time.

Take a moment today to contact Governor Brian Schweitzer and tell him you strongly oppose this bison hunt. He can be reached at: 406-444-3111 or governor@state.mt.gov

With the Wild,
Buffalo Field Campaign
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* Volunteers Needed for Woodcut Weekend this Weekend!
Live in or near Montana? Join BFC for our 9th Annual Woodcut Weekend. New and returning volunteers will gather at BFC headquarters in West Yellowstone starting tomorrow to cut and stack the many cords of firewood that will keep our volunteers warm this coming winter. For more information call (406) 646-0070 or email buffaloatwildrockies.org
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* East Coast Road Show Underway
Mike and Josh have returned home safely from their successful adventures on the West Coast Road Show, and the baton has been passed: the East Coast Road show is officially underway.
We left Campaign headquarters in West Yellowstone on Saturday and arrived in Asheville, North Carolina on Tuesday night.

With the truck loaded up with outreach materials, we made our way through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, where we got to spend time with the very buffalo whose stories we'll share with audiences from North Carolina to Vermont.

The journey across this enormous country has been a telling one. As we made our way east through Wyoming, Nebraska, and Missouri, surrounding us were the massive expanses of the Great Plains. We found ourselves in the middle of hundreds upon hundreds of miles of open prairie: the native range of the wild buffalo. Sadly, these lands are now entirely devoid of their presence. We felt a great emptiness. We tried hard to imagine what it was like 150 years ago, when these lands were thick with buffalo, and teeming with elk, wolves and grizzly bears. All we could see was the plains spotted with livestock. Haunted now, the landscape screams out for the welcome return of the mighty buffalo.

We did encounter a few herds along the way. In Nebraska we visited Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, where the buffalo and elk live within fenced borders, and where managers proudly tout their heavy-handed management that includes the routine use of an elk and bison capture facility.

We visited Fort Robinson, and stood on the very earth where Crazy Horse left this world, killed by U.S. soldiers because he refused imprisonment. Crazy Horse's "crime" was defending his people and their buffalo-based life ways from foreign invaders.

From Nebraska we didn't encounter another buffalo until we reached the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. While this is another intensively managed herd, it was refreshing to see buffalo on their eastern range. Buffalo belong on this continent, not just in small pockets here and there, but all over the landscape.

Everything we've experienced thus far points strongly to the importance of protecting the Yellowstone herd, the only living link that can fill these empty spaces once again. The people of North Carolina whom we spoke with last night agree. The buffalo are not the West's alone, yet it is there where the last wild ones remain. The country belongs to the mighty buffalo, and our work is to return to them what is rightfully theirs.

As we head up the old buffalo trails to places they once roamed we find inspiration in the people we meet along the way who share our vision of a continent that is home to truly wild buffalo herds whose hoof beats once again drum the Earth.

Thank you, Asheville, NC: Aaron, Malaprop's Bookstore, Scott and Laura for making us welcome and for your work on behalf of the last wild buffalo. If you live in the East, please check our schedule and join us for one of our presentations. After sending this update we'll be travelling to Boone, NC along the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Tonight's presentation is at Appalachian State University. Please join us if you're in the area. The show starts at 7:00 PM in Sanford Hall, Room 406 (Anthropology Building).
Contact Katie: kkleighig@gmail.com for more information.

BFC's complete East Coast schedule can be viewed at: http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/aboutus/roadshowseast2005.html

Spreading the word to save the herd,
Dan, Stephany, and Jasmine
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* Last Words
"One day, the buffalo will return to these mountains. When the buffalo return, our people will be healed."
--Cherokee prophecy


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