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Congress Wants Bison on Menus for Army That Nearly Wiped It Out

Aug. 4, 2022, 9:30 AM

The Army killed hundreds of thousands of bison in the 1800s to cut off Native Americans’ food and livelihoods, and force them from their land. Today, as bison herds expand, lawmakers want the Pentagon to explore buying more of the protein-rich meat for US troops — and some tribes are wary.

The House annual defense authorization and spending bills released this summer would direct the Pentagon to find ways to increase the buying of bison meat, with the goal of procuring 2 million pounds a year “as a healthy and sustainable food source,” and to further “treaty and trust responsibilities ...