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The Sturgis and Standing Rock Protests

Sacred Bear Butte, six miles north of Sturgis, South Dakota by David Mattson I grew up in the Black Hills of western South Dakota on a small ranch roughly 30 miles away from the town of Sturgis and between 100 and 200 miles away from the sprawling Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations. David Taylor, who homesteaded our ranch, created a sinuous inholding within the newly created Black Hills Forest Reserve, laid out to capture as much bottomland pasture as possible along aptly named Hay Creek. As chance would have it, Colonel Custer’s enormous wagon train wound its way down Hay Creek, near our property, on the infamous 1874 intrusion that set the stage for Custer’s final demise at

To Hunt or Not to Hunt Grizzlies? That May or May Not Be the Question

Ernest Hemingway (right) with grizzly bear killed in Timber Creek drainage of Wyoming Ernest Hemingway Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum by David Mattson The hunting of big game for trophies is a symbolically and emotionally super-charged issue—perhaps not to the extent of the contemporary debate over abortion or Second Century disputes over the nature of the Holy Trinity, but close. Then add to this fraught baseline the prospect of hunting an iconic species such as the grizzly bear. Given this mix, it’s not surprising that hunting has become one of the most contentious issues in management of grizzly bears in the U.S. Northern Rockies. Social-Psychological Substrata

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