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Garrit Voggesser is NWF’s National Director for Tribal Partnerships. He works with tribes nationwide to protect wildlife and habitat. He has worked with tribes on bison conservation since 1999. The mission of NWF’s Tribal Lands Conservation Program is to partner with sovereign tribal nations to solve today’s conservation challenges for future generations.
Bison and calf by Dick Forehand

Public Responds, Bison Aren’t A “Creeping Cancer”

5/17/2013 // By Garrit Voggesser

Just a few weeks ago, it looked like the effort to return wild bison to tribal lands would be stopped just as it was gaining ground. It looked like the dreams that culminated in the release of more than 60 […] Read more >

Bison grazing on the Fort Peck Reservation. Ted Wood/The Story Group

Kill the Bad Bills, Not the Buffalo: UPDATED

4/17/2013 // By Garrit Voggesser

Last March marked a historic step forward in restoring wild bison to the American prairies when more than 60 bison from Yellowstone National Park were released on the Fort Peck Reservation in eastern Montana. Tribal members from Fort Peck and Fort […] Read more >

Bison Grazing Under Prairie Sky

Native American Heritage Month: Celebrating Tribal Victories in Conservation

11/16/2012 // By Garrit Voggesser

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the rich and diverse ancestry, traditions and cultures of Native Americans and to recognize the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants of the United States and the […] Read more >

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Bison Get More Room to Roam on Fort Peck

7/26/2012 // By Garrit Voggesser

This March, the National Wildlife Federation, our tribal partners and other wildlife advocates achieved a tremendous conservation victory when 61 wild Yellowstone bison that had spent years in quarantine right outside Yellowstone National Park were relocated to the Fort Peck […] Read more >

Bison released at Fort Peck, MT

Amazing Photos and Video of the Return of Wild Bison to Tribal Lands

3/26/2012 // By Garrit Voggesser

More than a century after they disappeared, wild bison once again roam Montana’s Northern Great Plains. On March 19, 2012, more than 60 bison were loaded onto trucks near Yellowstone National Park and driven to Montana’s Fort Peck Reservation for […] Read more >

Bison on the Fort Peck Reservation, credit: Ted Wood/The Story Group for NWF

Wild Bison Homecoming for Indian Tribes

3/19/2012 // By Garrit Voggesser

By the turn of the 19th-century, less than one hundred of the original 30 million bison remained in North America. This iconic American species, it seemed, was doomed to extinction at the hands of over-hunting and the westward migration of European-Americans. […] Read more >

A Yellowstone Bison, credit GVoggesser/NWF

Wild Bison to Return Home to Tribal Lands

2/17/2012 // By Garrit Voggesser

More than a dozen years ago, I manned a booth in Yellowstone National Park to inform people about conservation-based solutions for protecting bison. Visitors from across the United States and around the world all had the same question: Why are […] Read more >