The South Unit of Badlands National Park could become home to more than 1,000 bison as part of a long-range plan to establish a new national park on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Ruth Brown, the Eagle Nest District representative for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, says bison could be reintroduced on parts of the South Unit in 2015.
Trudy Ecoffey of the Intertribal Buffalo Council of Rapid City says the tribe wants to manage the park in a partnership with the National Park Service.
The tribe currently has about 800 bison. Ecoffery says the demand for bison as a source of meat and as a symbol of Lakota culture is expected to increase as the population on the Pine Ridge increases.
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