Actor Zahn McClarnon says in the recently released short film, “Not in Our Name,” that “reintroduce the sacred grizzly bear to tribal lands, not for trophy hunting.” The film ends with a plea for public support for tribal nations in their fight to have the Trump Administration “honor the historic grizzly treaty signed by over 200 tribes.” “Reintroduce the sacred grizzly bear to its natural habitat, not for trophy hunting,” says the author. Zahn McC
McClarnon was most recently seen on HBO’s “Westworld,” where he played Akecheta with Sir Anthony Hopkins, who played the role. He has starred in shows such as “The Son,” “Longmire,” “Fargo,” and “Into the West” and has established himself as one of Native America’s most well-known actors.”
Going on a search for them is crazy. When Wyoming plans to open its grizzly trophy hunt in Greater Yellowstone on September 1, McClarnon wonders if Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will meet with the tribes who say they don’t want to hunt grizzlies. Grizzly bears are dangerous, so why would you like to kill one? McClarnon is curious. Grizzlies are very personal to McClarnon, a Lakota from Standing Rock who grew up on the Blackfeet Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy. McClarnon says that because he grew up near grizzlies, his personal experiences with them.
Agreements were made by the Piikani Nation, which is a sister tribe to the Blackfeet. They agreed to work together to keep their traditions alive and restore their land and water. If you look at the website for the Piikani Nation, it says that it is now the most signed tribal treaty in history. In the movie “Not in Our Name,” Raul M. Grijalva, a member of Congress, proposes the Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act to the 115th Congress, based on the treaty’s rules. The grizzly reintroduction articles are critical for the treaty to work. The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council recently sent a petition to Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) with the tribal alternative to trophy hunting. Most of the Yellowstone treaty tribes on the council are on it. The petition read: “Tribes who signed a treaty say that instead of taking grizzlies for trophy hunting, they should move them to sovereign tribal lands in the grizzly’s historic range where biologically suitable habitat is available.
The same quota of grizzlies that would be hunted by the states each season might be captured and brought to lands under sovereign tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction, therefore eliminating any viable basis for trophy hunting in the first place. It is intended to bring cultural, environmental, and economic revitalization for participating tribal countries because many different tribes revere the grizzly bear,” says the plan’s author. Barrasso has not yet responded to the request for comment.