featherproof_booksOn Monday, May 9, 2016, President Barack Obama signed a law designating the bison or American buffalo as the United States' official national mammal. The buffalo once numbered between 30 and 60 million. Today, the number of such animals that have continuously occupied ranges native to their herds numbers approximately 4,000. Throughout the 19th century, the population of native buffalo was drastically reduced by U.S. military operations, often in concert with private citizens. Colonel Richard Dodge explained, in 1867 that "every buffalo dead is an Indian gone." There is no shortage of evidence in the historical record that the attempted eradication of the American buffalo was part and parcel of the attempted genocide against the Indigenous peoples of North America.
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