Thousands of wild Buffalo : the full truth

This past week something magical happened in Cannonball, North Dakota. Inside the most major Native American protest in history, a herd of bison appeared in a stampede. Whether by human hand or Sioux prayer, this herd was sent forth.

One early report of the day appeared on Thursday, the 28th, which focused on the bison (or buffalo, depending on your colloquial preference). This report suggested that “thousands” of buffalo stampeded toward the protest. That report comes from the following sources:

Buffalo did run. They ran on the 27th of October, 2016, and they did inspire the water protecting-tribes aiming to stop the DAPL oil pipeline.

As the video below makes clear, the appearance of these buffalo certainly had an emotional impact.

This video was edited together from several sources, all of which are credited below.

The video above combines videos from several sources, all captured at the event at the same time:

The photo seen above (array of buffalo, air view) came attached to several publications telling this story. Actual source: http://suburbanmen.com/american-bison-finally-new-national-mammal-20160517/576642

The photo with a crowd very near a herd of buffalo (above) has also appeared in articles and shares of articles on this subject. The photo shows a public bison roundup at Custer State Park in 2008. One of several original actual sources: http://www.dakotagraph.com/2008/10/custer-state-park-buffalo-roundup.html

The true story is a bit more believable than “thousands” and “out of nowhere”, but just as awe-inspiring. The following three accounts, together, tell the full story:

Sacred Stone Camp (dot org) included the following account: “Members of the horse nation herded around 100 buffalo from the west and southwest of the Cannonball Ranch onto the the DAPL easement. One rider was reportedly hit with up to four rubber bullets his horse was reported to be hit in the legs by live rounds. Another horse was shot and did not survive.”

The Bismarck Tribune included the following account: “And in an uplifting moment, hoots and hollers were heard from the retreating crowd as two men on horseback herded buffalo through the Cannonball Ranch. Within minutes, the same horse riders were fleeing police in side-by-side ATV’s and disappeared over the hill.”

Journalist Ryan Redhawk’s Standing Rock Rising included the following account: “BUFFALO PEOPLE // Spirit riders on horseback opened a fence just east of Treaty camp and once again hundreds of buffalo were allowed to freely run the North Dakota plains as police and military forces were trying to overrun the camp with violence and intimidation. The cheers and emotion from the water protectors were a force upon itself when the crowd watched the buffalo run full speed through what is now being nicknamed “Buffalo Hill”.”

Redhawk also took the following photo, which perfectly captures both the majesty and magic of the buffalo and the herding efforts of modern man.

10/27 Redhawk

This isn’t the only bit of natural support the tribes in this protection effort have received. Have a peek at this, as well.

Long story short: bison were released from the nearby Cannonball Ranch where they were being raised (similar to cattle). The release raised the spirits of the people, and the land was christened Buffalo Hill.