Friday, June 5, 2009

Yellow Bird: A tale from the Fort Berthold Reservation

Yellow Bird: A tale from the Fort Berthold Reservation
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Thu Jun 4, 2009 5:31 am (PDT)

Yellow Bird: A tale from the Fort Berthold Reservation
Wednesday, June 3, 2009

"Readers who live in New York or Dallas may not believe the tale I am
about to tell, and even people in my former hometown of Grand Forks may have
their doubts. But I like to think of this as a tale of a nun, an elder and a
mountain lion.
In the 2.1 million-acre Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota,
there are some untamed spaces. The Badlands are one. The northwestern part
of the reservation contains land that is beautiful and wild but can be
unforgiving to those who venture there without experience and knowledge.
When I stand on the edge where the prairie drops off into the wild lands,
I always think that some huge and roaring river must have cut through in
ancient times because you can see how it carved the land. There are tall,
rounded buttes that look like earth lodges for giants. The buttes are encircled
by the colors of the land, including deep, red scoria.
The Badlands are good territory for bighorn sheep, elk, deer and other
wild animals. And more recently, mountain lions have made it their home,
perhaps because there is such an abundance of deer and other game.
Mountain lions, by the way, don’t seem to have boundaries and go where
they please. If there’s game, they follow.
It’s an unexpected visit from a mountain lion that I write about today. "
Get the Story:
_COLUMNIST DORREEN YELLOW BIRD: A nun, an elder and a mountain lion _
121172/) (The Grand Forks Herald 6/3)

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