Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 8:28 AM
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- American Indian tribes on Wyoming's Wind River Reservation are petitioning the state of Montana to give them a group of bison captured from Yellowstone National Park.
Leaders of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes said in a resolution signed this week that bison are an important icon for their people that the tribe can help preserve.
Approximately 168 bison are being held on a private ranch owned by media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner.
They were spared potential slaughter when they migrated from the park several years ago. That came under a program to repopulate public and tribal lands with a species that once numbered in the tens of millions in the western U.S.
Ranchers and other opponents of relocating the animals worry they will spread disease.
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