Posted: Feb 24, 2011 9:25 AM by Associated Press
GARDINER, Mont. (AP) - American Indian tribes from a northeast Oregon reservation have begun returning to the Yellowstone National Park area to hunt bison for the first time in more than a century.
Several hunters from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Ore., made the trip earlier this month.
Jim Marsh of the tribe's Fish and Wildlife Commission says the hunts restore a tradition long lost to the Cayuse, Walla Walla and Umatilla tribes that comprise the reservation.
The state of Montana approved the hunts in November, after months of negotiations with two other tribes that already have retained the right to hunt there. The Shoshone-Bannock of Idaho also got approval to hunt there, joining the Nez Perce of Idaho and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes of northwest Montana.
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