Montana American Indian tribes donate buffalo meat to evacuees

Two American Indian tribes in Montana have donated a 5,000-pound truckload of buffalo meat to hurricane evacuees in Texas.

Bison burgers and steaks were shipped from the tribally owned Little Rockies Meat Packing Company last week, scheduled to arrive in Terrell tonight to be distributed to about 400 evacuees.

The Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes said they wanted to help out somehow.

But Gros Ventre tribal member Janice Hawley says the tribes are poor; all they had to share was the buffalo herd.

The ten sacred bison — worth about 25-thousand — were blessed in a pipe ceremony before slaughter to provide spiritual and nutritional sustenance to the evacuees.

Some of the bison will be distributed by the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church at a party next month in Dallas for all evacuees and relief workers.