Independent non profit news and commentary site Truthout.org published my essay on my experiences and what I discovered while working on my Yellowstone buffalo story. In case you missed it. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/38145-montana-s-beef-with-buffalo-and-yellowstone-s-buffalo-battle
Hushed silence, the Sioux, Lakota warriors speak
Soft voice shares ancient wisdom
In a world of ignorance that doesn't heed
White man, prick your ears, there's much to learn in a world of greed.
Hear! Your elders come to teach.
Storm clouds, steady snows, o'er the sacred Yellowstone
Through frozen ground hot fire heats, stamping feet
Drums beat, thunder roars, eagles soar, battle has begun
'Neath Big Sky buffalo die, the black snake sneaks
While the white man skis.
This week in a sweeping gesture, the buffalo became the first national mammal of the United States. But it is just that, a gesture. For the sad truth for those who care to look beyond the glaze of regurgitated headlines and political half truths is that the American buffalo is persecuted still. In Yellowstone, the worlds first national park, America's last wild buffalo succumb to an axe wielded by the state of Montana to protect cowboys and their cows.