Bison industry gathers at America’s National Mammal designation ceremony
July 3, 2016
Over 30 private bison producers convened at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. last week at a ceremony designating the bison as America's National Mammal. The designation comes as a result of the National Bison Legislation Act.
The ceremony saw appearances by conservationists, congressional leaders and tribal representatives, as well as Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel.
Three bison business leaders spoke to the crowd of roughly 150 people.
"A combination of conservation leaders and individual ranchers pulled bison back from the brink of extinction in the late 1800s," said Roy Liedtke, president of the National Bison Association. "We are pleased that ranchers, conservationists and tribal leaders today are continuing to work together to restore bison on rangelands and pastures across the country."
More than 60 different groups were represented at the ceremony including tribes, conservationists, and businesses, in addition to the Department of the Interior.