November is Native American Heritage Month.
The thoughtless massacre of the American Bison by white settlers killed to starve out the surrounding Native Americans.
The herds formed the basis of the economies of local Plains tribes of Native Americans for whom the bison were a primary food source; without bison, the Native Americans would be forced to leave or starve.
Bison were hunted almost to extinction in the 19th century and were reduced to a few hundred head by the mid-1880s, from which all the present day’s managed herds are descended. One major cause was that hunters were paid by large railroad concerns to destroy entire herds…