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Congress passed, and on December 27, 2020, the President signed, the Bison Range Restoration legislation! Thank you to all of the people who supported this effort and this legislation!

About the Restoration of the Bison Range

The Bison Range, formerly known as the National Bison Range, was established in 1908 by the U.S. Federal Government in the middle of our treaty-reserved home, the Flathead Indian Reservation, on land taken without our consent. The bison living on the Bison Range also are descendants of the free-ranging Reservation herd started by Tribal members in the 1800’s when plains bison were near extinction.

Through Public Law 116-260, Congress restored the Bison Range as a federal trust ownership under the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) so that our award-winning natural resource managers can take over as stewards of the Bison Range.

The Tribal Council has adopted, as its interim Bison Range management plan, the current Comprehensive Conservation Plan that was developed and adopted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) in 2019 (for which CSKT was a cooperating agency).

As of 2022, the Bison Range is fully owned and managed by CSKT Natural Resource employees.

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Hello everyone! To get ready for our upcoming summer season, we will be closing parts of Prairie Drive for culvert repairs, starting on Monday, 03/25/24. The first 3 miles of the scenic drive will remain open, with sections opening up farther down as they are finished. As always, please be sure to call 406-644-2211 at least one hour before you plan to arrive for road and weather conditions. You can also email us at for any questions.”