Blackfoot Riders and Bison at Two Medicine
Blackfoot riders Chazz Racine and Robert Wagner herd bison from horseback from the Piikani Nation's herd near Two Medicine River in Montana. The Siksikaitsitapi have raised buffalo since the mid-1970s, but systematic restoration began there only in 2009 on the reservation. Today they have a thousand animals, and meat is available at the reservation grocery. But to buffalo program director Ervin Carlson, the larger goal is to re-create Siksikaitsitapi landscapes– ecosystems teeming with free-ranging buffalo.