Denver donates 33 bison to native tribes


An event was held Monday at Genesee Park in Golden to recognize Denver Mountain Park’s donation of bison to several Native tribes.

This year, Denver Parks and Recreation donated a total of 33 bison. Fifteen bison go to the Northern Arapaho tribe in Wyoming. Seventeen are heading to the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes in Oklahoma. And a bison goes to the TallBull Memorial Council in Colorado.

People gather and film the first group of bison that were loaded onto a trailer at an event to recognize Denver Mountain Park’s donation of bison to the Northern Arapaho, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, as well as the TallBull Memorial Council on Monday, March 21, 2022, at Genesee Park in Golden, Colorado (Timothy Hurst/The Denver Gazette)

Denver Parks and Recreation typically auctions off its surplus bison, but after an ordinance was passed last year, surplus bison are now transferred to Native American tribes. The city says the purpose of the transfers is to “continue to establish, support and maintain Native American conservation herds across the country.”


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