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The American Buffalo: A Conversation on the Indigenous-led Buffalo Movement

March 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm CDT

Please join for an illuminating evening where history, conservation, and Indigenous cultures converge. The Doris Duke Foundation invites you to a gathering to celebrate Indigenous-led buffalo restoration efforts across North America, with a brief screening of Ken Burns’ latest documentary, The American Buffalo, and the companion short film, Homecoming, by Julianna Brannum. The films will be coupled with a discussion with leaders in the Indigenous-led buffalo conservation movement.


Event Details: 

Date: Tuesday, March 19th

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Venue: Doris Duke Center, 444 Madison Ave, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10022


Evening Schedule: 

5:00PM – 5:30 PM Reception

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Screenings and Program



  • Donovan Waupoose (Menominee Nation): Director of Medicine Fish – Menominee Buffalo Initiative
  • Ervin Carlson (Blackfeet Nation): Director, Blackfeet Nation’s Buffalo Program; President, InterTribal Buffalo Council; and Co-founder and Strategic Advisor, INDIGENOUS LED
  • Jason Baldes (Eastern Shoshone Tribe): Executive Director, Wind River Tribal Buffalo Institute
  • (Moderator) Cristina Mormorunni (Métis):  Co-founder, INDIGENOUS LED; Founder and Principal, the TERRAMAR collective


This event will delve into the ecological, cultural, and spiritual significance of the buffalo from an Indigenous perspective, exploring themes of ecological restoration, cultural revitalization, and healing. It’s a chance to engage with leaders in the field, learn about the current realities and future possibilities of buffalo conservation, and discuss the role of Indigenous political power and stewardship in shaping a sustainable and just future.


March 19
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm CDT
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Doris Duke Center
444 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10022 United States