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AmigoKumeyaay 02-22-2013 05:01 PM

White Buffalo Looking for New Home

After pressure from Native Americans, Fuel City’s pregnant white buffalo will move to new home

By Eden Stiffman
[email protected]Dallasnews.com
6:38 pm on February 20, 2013 | Permalin

A pregnant white buffalo that arrived at a gas station near downtown Dallas last week will be leaving soon.

Several Native Americans had criticized Fuel City’s display of the rare animal as insensitive to what they consider a sacred symbol of hope and rebirth.

“It’s important to educate the public about our way of life,” said Yolanda Blue Horse of Denton, who is a part of the Rosebud Sioux tribe. “Sacred things like the white buffalo are not to be used as a side show or carnival act,” she said “It needs to be respected.”

Last week, the buffalo, named Lone Star, joined several young donkeys and longhorn cattle in the eight fenced-in acres that surround the gas station on South Riverfront Boulevard, between Interstates 30 and 35E.

“I brought this buffalo to Dallas for people to enjoy,” Fuel City owner John Benda said. “I was not trying to profit from the animal.

“Everything was fine. The buffalo was really happy there and has a nice disposition. I didn’t want it to become negative, but I felt like the situation couldn’t be rescued.”
On Sunday, after Blue Horse heard about Lone Star on the news, she went to see the animal.

“I felt very sorry for her,” she said. “She symbolizes what has been done to the Native American people. She was ripped away from her herd. She needs to be around her own kind, and she doesn’t have that opportunity right now.”

Once Benda spoke with Blue Horse on Monday, he offered to return it to the Wild Side Ranch in South Texas, from where he had leased the animal.

But Blue Horse was not satisfied with that arrangement. Benda then agreed Lone Star should be moved to a private sanctuary, the location of which will be determined by Blue Horse and Eric Reed, a Dallas attorney who is part Choctaw.

“We’ll make the best decision for what’s best for the buffalo,” Blue Horse said.
Benda purchased the buffalo Wednesday, and she’ll remain at Fuel City until her next destination is determined.

Benda said he’s disappointed but thinks he is doing the right thing.
“I really enjoyed having it here,” he said. “There’s no script written for my situation.”

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