The Cherokee Nation became the 59th tribe to join the InterTribal Buffalo Council during a recent meeting in Las Vegas.
Joining the InterTribal Buffalo Council is the initial step in determining whether it is feasible for the tribe to acquire bison for tourism or commercial use.
“The Cherokee Nation’s acceptance into the InterTribal Buffalo Council is a very positive move in the bison acquisition process,” said Gunter Gulager, director of Cherokee Nation Natural Resources. “As a member of this council, the tribe will have access to the bison within our country’s national parks and be able to call upon experts to aid in the development of a business plan that best suits the tribe.”
The InterTribal Buffalo Council coordinates the transfer of surplus buffalo from national parks to tribal lands. It also provides training and technical assistance to its members. At least three other Oklahoma tribes are members, according to the InterTribal Buffalo Council website.
The Cherokee Nation Natural Resources department will work with the InterTribal Buffalo Council to develop a business plan that is expected to go before the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council in January or February.