Buffalo Extinction

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douglaslee's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm


Well, they aren't extinct, and the article talks about Obama signing National Bison Legacy Act on May 9, 2016, which shows our national policies towards the buffalo have taken a bit of a turn from Ulysses S. Grant's presidency, where he refused to sign a bill meant to protect the buffalo.

Quote J. Weston Phippen:

Many things contributed to the buffalos demise. One factor was that for a long time, the country’s highest generals, politicians, even then President Ulysses S. Grant saw the destruction of buffalo as solution to the country’s “Indian Problem.”

What the article is about is the history of Manifest Destiny, American Exeptionalism and one of its variant names, American Exterminationism, which amounts to policies and encouraged free enterprise practices meant to clear the earth of anything that stands in the way of progress. Yes, progressives, your progress too. Today we send out drones instead of buffalo hunters to solve our various "problems," but meanwhile, Obama signs a Bill into law making this once object of extermination the mammal of the land. How sweet of us.

Quote J. Weston Phippen:

During a hard drought, with no buffalo left, settlers and Native Americans hunted their bones, selling them for fertilizer. In Isenberg’s book, he tells about a reporter who asks a railroad worker, “‘Do the Indians make a living gathering these bones?’ Yes, replied a railroad inspector, “but it is a mercy that they can’t eat bones. We were never able to control the savages until their supply of meat was cut off.’”

..."the savages"...

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Apr. 1, 2010 6:50 am

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