Cheyenne River Receives Bison Grant

Aug 15th, 1996 | By | Category: 8-2: Cultural Property Rights, Tribal College News

Cheyenne River Community College received a grant in August from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to design and implement a comprehensive curriculum for bison production and management. An advisory committee will help the curriculum developer, Kirk Beyer, to integrate Lakota values and culture into the program.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe maintains a large herd of bison (the American buffalo) on its reservation in northern South Dakota. Fred DuBray, a Cheyenne River buffalo rancher, helped establish the InterTribal Bison Cooperative (TCJ Spring 1996, pp. 15-19). The college’s program will boost the on-going development of the tribe’s herds and will complement the local K-12 school’s efforts. The Takini School recently acquired a small herd to use as part of its curriculum.

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