A bill to designate the North American bison as the national mammal of the United States. Read More


This bill was introduced on May 24, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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To designate the North American bison as the national mammal of the United States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ``National Bison Legacy Act''.


Congress finds that-- (1) bison are considered to be a historical symbol of the United States; (2) bison were integrally linked with the economic and spiritual lives of many Indian tribes through trade and sacred ceremonies; (3) there are more than 60 Indian tribes participating in the Intertribal Buffalo Council; (4) numerous members of Indian tribes-- (A) are involved in bison restoration on tribal land; and (B) have a combined herd on more than 1,000,000 acres of tribal land; (5) the Intertribal Buffalo Council is a tribal organization incorporated pursuant to section 17 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (commonly known as ``Indian Reorganization Act'') (25 U.S.C. 477); (6) bison play an ecologically important role in modifying and improving the types of grasses found in landscapes to the benefit of grassland ecosystems; (7) a bison has been depicted on the official seal of the Department of the Interior almost continuously for 94 years; (8) a bison is portrayed on 2 State flags; (9) the bison has been adopted by 3 States as the official mammal of those States; (10) the buffalo nickel played an important role in modernizing the currency of the United States; (11) several sports...

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