Buffalo War

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In the late 1800s, hunters working for the U.S. government decimated the huge buffalo herds, leaving millions of carcasses to rot in the sun. This was the government’s way of bringing the Plains peoples to their knees, and it worked.

Available for home use only or with public performance rights.  Buffalo War. 2001, 57 minutes, color, close captioned, grades 7-up.

In the late 1800s, hunters working for the U.S. government decimated the huge buffalo herds, leaving millions of carcasses to rot in the sun. This was the government’s way of bringing the Plains peoples to their knees, and it worked. In a few years, the spiritual center of their existence was gone. The human people and the buffalo people, according to Lakota elder and activist Rosalie Little Thunder, “have very common histories and our prophesies talk about a very inseparable destiny.” Buffalo War brings this history into the present, as the Lakota people continue to fight to save the Yellowstone National Park buffalo herd. Shown here are the multiple perspectives of the Lakota people, non-Native environmental activists, ranchers and government officials.