Garrit Voggesser

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.

Celebrate National Bison Day!

Happy National Bison Day! Today is a celebration of the deep and fundamental role bison, our national mammal, plays in our history, cultures, and ecology. Not only do bison hold …

Buffalo Break New Trails on Wind River

On Saturday October 21, 2017, ten buffalo from the National Bison Range in Montana will become the second batch of animals to be released on Eastern Shoshone tribal lands on …

Bison and Calf. Credit :Richard J. Baldes.

1st Wild Bison Calf Born on Wind River Reservation in More Than 130 Years

On Wednesday May 3, the first bison calf was born on the Wind River Reservation in well over 130 years. This momentous occasion follows the return of bison, traditionally called …

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Wallowing in Politics

In January 2016, the National Park Service released an environmental assessment for a new quarantine option that would place Yellowstone bison on the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana rather than …

After 131 years, Buffalo Return Home to the Wind River Reservation

This morning, I joined more than 200 people to witness the return of 10 buffalo to the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming – the first time buffalo have roamed these …

Flawed Pipeline Review Process Puts Tribes and Waters at Risk

The Standing Rock Sioux tribes have a filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to halt construction of the pipeline due to inadequate review and tribal consultation under bedrock laws …

Bringing Tribes Back to National Parks

Native peoples have deep ties to our greatest known parks – Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Olympic, Mesa Verde, Everglades – and many, many others. Indeed, it must be acknowledged that the …

Tribes Celebrate Vision for Protecting the Colorado River

“The Colorado River is sacred, water is life, the peoples are the keepers of the River, and we take full responsibility to care for the River.” So begins the vision …

Yellowstone Offers Rebirth of Bison on Tribal Lands

Yellowstone National Park recently released an Environmental Assessment for a new quarantine option that would place buffalo on the Fort Peck Reservation in Northeastern Montana. Like previous relocations of buffalo …

Big Impacts On Big Game

Voices from the Field: Sportsmen Speak Out Energy development in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming has big impacts on big game. A new report, Losing Ground: Energy …

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