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Central Oregon home to rare white buffalo herd
News From Indian Country ^ | December 2010 | AP

Posted on 12/12/2010 11:38:25 PM PST by Racehorse

Pendleton Woolen Mills is making new Navajo-style blankets using wool and blended hair shed by an unusual herd of white buffalo in central Oregon.

Ranching experts say fewer than 50 white buffalo, or American bison, live in the U.S., The Oregonian reported.

On a sanctuary east of Bend, 11 of them roam acres of isolated juniper forest under the care of Cynthia Hart-Button and her husband, Charles Button. It's one of the larger collections of white buffalos.

SNIP

Buffalo usually are black or brown. White buffalo are produced when recessive genes trigger the unusual trait. They are not albino.

Some Native American tribes consider them sacred.

"The significance of the white buffalo has been recognized by all the tribes that are buffalo culture people," Jim Stone, a Yankton-Yanktonai Sioux, told The Oregonian. Stone is executive director of the Intertribal Buffalo Council in Rapid City, S.D., an organization created to restore buffalo to Indian nations.

The white buffalo's presence is a prophesy of spiritual rebirth - "an indicator of better times coming to tribal people," Stone said. "Historically, that has been the view."

The first of the Oregon herd was born in Flagstaff, Ariz., in 1997 into a small herd of black bison owned by Dena Riley and her husband, Jim. Hart-Button worked with the couple for a decade in Flagstaff.

Being in a single, small herd with the right genetic traits stacked the odds in favor of the unlikely white buffalo births, she said. "It's like winning a lottery ticket 11 times."

Hart-Button brought the herd to Oregon five years ago after Jim Riley died and a grieving Dena Riley decided to take a break from raising the buffalo.

(Excerpt) Read more at indiancountrynews.net ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: buffalo; coolnews; indian; wildlife
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1 posted on 12/12/2010 11:38:32 PM PST by Racehorse
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To: Racehorse

Does this mean that Wovoka’s prophecy is about to come true?

I’ll be in the back yard brushing up on my Ghost Dance.


2 posted on 12/12/2010 11:41:29 PM PST by sinanju
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To: Racehorse
So it mutates, repeatedly, no loss.
3 posted on 12/12/2010 11:42:55 PM PST by allmost
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To: Racehorse
Central Oregon home to rare white buffalo herd -

Holder & Justice Dept sue over racial buffalo bias

4 posted on 12/12/2010 11:47:19 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: Racehorse

5 posted on 12/12/2010 11:57:12 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: allmost

Not a mutation it is a recessive gene....both parents have to carry the gene for it to manifest..


6 posted on 12/13/2010 12:17:42 AM PST by goat granny
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To: goat granny

They look tasty. :)


7 posted on 12/13/2010 12:19:02 AM PST by allmost
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To: Racehorse
White: North America's indigenous color.

8 posted on 12/13/2010 12:19:35 AM PST by I see my hands (How's that ballot box working out for you?)
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To: JoeProBono

It looks beige and not white, or its not taken in good light..


9 posted on 12/13/2010 12:19:41 AM PST by goat granny
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To: I see my hands

Fail, idiot sloganeer


10 posted on 12/13/2010 12:21:33 AM PST by Chunga (The Democratic Party Is A Criminal Enterprise)
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To: goat granny

11 posted on 12/13/2010 12:26:37 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

They’re beautiful...


12 posted on 12/13/2010 12:28:54 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: JoeProBono; Salvation

I’d say that’s white. Dirty white, but it’s white.

How wonderful to find such beautiful animals!


13 posted on 12/13/2010 12:29:58 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: goat granny

I read once that bison can bread very closely genetically without
The problems that most animals have.


14 posted on 12/13/2010 12:40:18 AM PST by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: sinanju
I’ll be in the back yard brushing up on my Ghost Dance.

Bingo

15 posted on 12/13/2010 12:43:07 AM PST by Ophiucus
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To: Racehorse

“The white buffalo’s presence is a prophesy of spiritual rebirth - “an indicator of better times coming to tribal people,” Stone said. “Historically, that has been the view.”

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So. Will we all be enjoying better times? Or will the Natives being dancing on the bones of the white man? The way things are going, I see the second scenario.

Or, maybe we can all just enjoy Pendleton blankets with white buffalo wool in them.


16 posted on 12/13/2010 12:50:52 AM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: sinanju

Be careful, the last people that tried that were massacred by the American Army and they thought they were safe right there in their own back yard.


17 posted on 12/13/2010 1:02:44 AM PST by fish hawk
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To: dixiechick2000
Picture Goat Granny (post 9) comes over the crest of a hill and there is a herd of buffalo. All are the regular dark brown but one is this color. Granny says, “look, an off white beige buffalo”. LOL
18 posted on 12/13/2010 1:10:01 AM PST by fish hawk
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To: Racehorse

I STOPPED SUPPORTING OUR PENDELTON MADE IN AMERICA COMPANY WHEN I FOUND OUT THEY OUT SOURCE TO MEXICO FOR LABOR.


19 posted on 12/13/2010 1:21:14 AM PST by Global2010 (I AM NOT YELLING HAVING VISUAL ISSUES. SOMEDAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. K?)
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To: 21twelve

PENDELTON SALES A STUFFED WHITE BUFFULO (SIC) FOR AROUND A HUNDRED BUCKS.


20 posted on 12/13/2010 1:24:43 AM PST by Global2010 (I AM NOT YELLING HAVING VISUAL ISSUES. SOMEDAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. K?)
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To: goat granny

I’D SAY THE COLOR LOOKS LIKE CREAMY.
BUT WHO KNOWS IT IS DRY IN EASTERN OREGON SO THEY MIGHT JUST BE DUST COVERED BUT COMPARED TO BROWN I GUESS IN THE LIVESTOCK WORLD IT WOULD BE CONSIDERED WHITE.


21 posted on 12/13/2010 1:27:44 AM PST by Global2010 (I AM NOT YELLING HAVING VISUAL ISSUES. SOMEDAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. K?)
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To: dixiechick2000

MERRY CHRISTMAS DIXIECHICK!


22 posted on 12/13/2010 1:29:23 AM PST by Global2010 (I AM NOT YELLING HAVING VISUAL ISSUES. SOMEDAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. K?)
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To: Global2010

Heh - now that I think about it a bit more, I would say that Buffalo’s color is more like..
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Buff!


23 posted on 12/13/2010 1:31:15 AM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: 21twelve

WHITE MAN SPEND PAYCHECK AT OUR CASINO AND IF WE EMPLOY THEM THEY WORK FOR LOW WAGES.

THERE IS TRUTH IN THAT PROPHACY.


24 posted on 12/13/2010 1:32:25 AM PST by Global2010 (I AM NOT YELLING HAVING VISUAL ISSUES. SOMEDAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. K?)
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To: 21twelve

HMMM COULD HAVE A NEW PAINT COLOR THERE.

WHITE BUFF BUFFOLO.

MAKES THE WALLS ALWAYS APPEAR DIRTY/DUSTY WHITE.

GREAT FOR HOMES HERE IN THE PNW THAT HAVE DOGS COME IN AND SHAKE OF THE RAIN.


25 posted on 12/13/2010 1:35:45 AM PST by Global2010 (I AM NOT YELLING HAVING VISUAL ISSUES. SOMEDAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. K?)
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To: Global2010

SHAKE OF THE RAIN

Yes - we’ve been having that of late!


26 posted on 12/13/2010 1:39:29 AM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: Racehorse
Roger Miller explains
27 posted on 12/13/2010 1:41:29 AM PST by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: 21twelve

ACK. OFF OFF OFF. GOOD CATCH SOUND LIKE A NAME OF AN ALTERNATIVE SEATTLE MUSIC GROUP.

AND YES WE ARE DROWNING HERE AT THE COAST.

BUT KNOCK ON WOOD THE TEMPERATURE IS MILD NO ICE MEANS WE GET TO TRAVEL AROUND.

NO CABIN FEVER.

THE HIGH WINDS HAVE KNOCKED TREES DOWN ON HOMES AND I AM SO GLAD WE TOOK OUT ALL THE SPRUCES AROUND THE HOUSE LAST SUMMER.


28 posted on 12/13/2010 1:55:07 AM PST by Global2010 (I AM NOT YELLING HAVING VISUAL ISSUES. SOMEDAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. K?)
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To: Global2010

PLEASE...turn off the caps lock.....

You’re yelling.


29 posted on 12/13/2010 4:01:52 AM PST by KeepUSfree (WOSD = fascism pure and simple.)
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To: Racehorse

I know the article is not talking about albinos but we have an albino squirrel in our neighborhood and they are rare.

The difference in albino and white squirrels is:

“Albino squirrels have a white fur coat, but, have pink or blue eyes, due to a genetic condition called albinism. This is a rare condition, when compared to white squirrels. So, the basic difference between white and albino squirrels lies in the eye color. While albino squirrels have pink or blue eyes, white ones have dark-colored eyes. In case of albino squirrels, the absence of melanin in the eyes affect their vision and impaired vision results in falls and injuries, that leads to loss of life. This makes it very rare to find a true albino squirrel”.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/albino-squirrel.html

I have been close enough to him to see the pink eyes but I’m trying to get him on camera. When/if that happens, I’ll post a picture. As the above states - If he lives that long..


30 posted on 12/13/2010 4:24:07 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Racehorse
Central Oregon home to rare white buffalo herd

This just in: The Federal Government has announced plans to begin busing some of the buffalo to predominantly black herds.

31 posted on 12/13/2010 4:34:53 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: Racehorse

It’s racest wait until the NAACB hear about this.


32 posted on 12/13/2010 4:36:50 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: fish hawk

A buff buffalo.


33 posted on 12/13/2010 4:40:59 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: Racehorse

Send in the Nuge. Uncle Ted will thin the herd.


34 posted on 12/13/2010 4:41:24 AM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: CrazyIvan

Is that wheat or rye?


35 posted on 12/13/2010 4:52:38 AM PST by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Graybeard58

There is a colony of white squirrels in a Western NC town. Think it’s Brevard.
http://whitesquirrels.com/about-white-squirrels/

I know a woman that has ‘pinto’ pattern and white deer in her neighborhood.
Talking to some hunters, they consider them animals with poor genes and want them exterminated.
I think they are beautiful.


36 posted on 12/13/2010 4:53:47 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: Global2010

YOUR IN ALL CAPS POSTS ARE PAINFUL TO READ...
PLEASE LOCATE CAPS LOCK AND SHIFT KEY, UNLESS YOU ARE IN A TELNET WORLD...
Also, their blankets are, I believe, made in the US.
Where are you finding wool shirts that are made completely in the USA?


37 posted on 12/13/2010 4:56:34 AM PST by Colvin (Proud Owner '66 Binder PU, '66 Binder Travelall,)
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To: JoeProBono

“I talk like a baby and I never pay for drinks...B-L-O-N-D...Don’t you wish you were me!”


38 posted on 12/13/2010 5:03:37 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Grammar police off-duty. But I saw what you did.)
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To: CrazyIvan
I read once that bison can bread very closely...

Breaded, sauteed, marinated. All sounds good.

39 posted on 12/13/2010 5:10:03 AM PST by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: Racehorse

There is a White Buff about four miles from where I sit. it is 8 or 9 years old and was visited by the Sioux when it was born. White Buffs are not all that rare and do not IMHO signal the end of the world.


40 posted on 12/13/2010 5:14:37 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (V for Vendetta.)
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To: Global2010

I think you might be right, the dust they roll in and the wind driven dirt can make a difference...


41 posted on 12/13/2010 7:49:30 AM PST by goat granny
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To: Graybeard58

Albinism is a death sentence for critters in snowy or alpine regions. Their first winter out of the den/nest without their protective eye pigment they are blinded by the glare. Albinism is only a survival advantage if you’re a tiger working for Sigfried and Roy.


42 posted on 12/13/2010 7:51:41 AM PST by sinanju
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To: JoeProBono

Thanks!! I was hoping for a photo.

God’s most perfect creature IMHO. Mind their own business, unless you mess with them. Don’t have to kill to survive.
Don’t mind whatever weather God throws at them.

There were millions here, ‘til we decided that they needed to be eliminated.


43 posted on 12/13/2010 8:15:00 AM PST by wizr (Keep the Faith! Even when it gets tough! Nothing else will do.)
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To: Racehorse
The white buffalo's presence is a prophesy of spiritual rebirth - "an indicator of better times coming to tribal people," Stone said. "Historically, that has been the view."

In other words the Indians are going to build another casino.

44 posted on 12/13/2010 8:39:24 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Colvin

SO PAINFUL THAT IT BLINDED YOU FROM READING MY TAGLINE?


45 posted on 12/13/2010 8:57:35 AM PST by Global2010 (I AM NOT YELLING HAVING VISUAL ISSUES. SOMEDAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. K?)
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To: KeepUSfree

ANOTHER POSTER WHO CAN’T BE BOTHERED WITH READING TAG LINES.


46 posted on 12/13/2010 9:00:09 AM PST by Global2010 (I AM NOT YELLING HAVING VISUAL ISSUES. SOMEDAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. K?)
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To: Global2010

47 posted on 12/13/2010 9:01:22 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Save the whales. Collect the whole set.)
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To: Racehorse
Surprising and disappointing that it's taken this long for the obligatory "paging Ted Nugent" post.....


48 posted on 12/13/2010 9:03:14 AM PST by r9etb
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To: allmost

Tastes like Spotted Owl, I bet.


49 posted on 12/13/2010 9:08:48 AM PST by Wizdum
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To: Racehorse; abcraghead; aimhigh; Archie Bunker on steroids; bicycle thug; blackie; coffeebreak; ...
If you aren't on this ping list and are interested
in articles about Oregon, please FReepmail me.

50 posted on 12/13/2010 9:21:34 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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