The recent election is unlike any we’ve seen in modern history. So, it stands to reason that the country could use something practical to bring us all together. Bison just may be the solution.


November 5 was National Bison Day, which is the perfect time to celebrate all things wonderful about this great animal that is a simple of authentic American culture. Bison reside in the grasslands of American and a number of ecosystems depend on the animal. Tourists come to various parts of the country to observe the bison and the mammal is also a symbol of Native American culture. Tribes have used all parts of the bison to sustain their communities for centuries. Native Americans also assign a spiritual significance to the bison.


But, how does the bison help with the presidential election, you ask?


The answer is clearer than you think. The creature has already brought two political parties together this year. Both Representatives and Senators agreed to pass a bill in April 2016 to make the bison the National Mammal of the United States. Those who voted to pass the bill are of various faiths and cultures. The bison is also a representative of Western culture and is a reminder of the conservation history of the United States.


Even though Congress took some time to agree on the bill, the bill passed both houses unanimously and President Obama signed the bill to make it a law on May 9.


It looks like bison will continue bringing people together, just as it has in the past. However, near the end of the 20th century, the bison was near extinction. At this time, there were only 1,000 bison in the U.S. William Hornaday, who would later become Bronx Zoo’s director, conducted a survey that ranchers, Native American tribes and conservationists could help to bring the bison back.


The bison will still be here, throughout all the political changes the country endures, and National Bison Day can serve as a symbol of togetherness for the country.



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