The Umatilla People Resume Buffalo Hunting

The Umatilla are a tribe of Native Americans who signed a treaty with the US government back in 1855 in which they gave up their land and agreed to live on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon. In exchange, the Umatilla were ensured the right to continue hunting traditional foods including salmon, deer, elk and buffalo. Buffalo in particular was mentioned over 20 times in the treaty. A century later, the Umatilla had to fight to have their right to hunt buffalo recognized, both by Montana and by government agencies. On February 13, 2011, a handful of Umatilla were able to travel to Montana to hunt buffalo for the first time in over 100 years. In this video, members of that first hunting party discuss what it meant to them to be able to partake in the cultural practice.

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Submitted by: Ilana Faber
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