Recent study highlights benefits of bison restoration on tribal lands

The restoration of bison on tribal lands holds a variety of “cultural, ecological, and economic benefits” for Indigenous communities. Our science partner, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, reported on a 2022 study exploring these beneficial impacts.

Excerpt from the article:

“A study published today in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution found that widespread restoration of bison to Tribal lands throughout the Northern Great Plains can help restore the prairie ecosystem while improving the long-running issue of food insecurity and food sovereignty for Native Nations and may help to mitigate adverse impacts to traditional agricultural systems due to climate change.”

Check out the full article on the Smithsonian website here.