Mission: Develop and implement ways to harvest bison in a culturally appropriate and ecologically acceptable way to native american persons, to advocate for the prevention of cruelty to bison, and to provide education concerning native american culture and religious values as relating to bison.
Programs: The sustainable harvest alliance, inc. Mobile harvest unit program of buffalo can make bison ranching a profitable venture for the remote ranches of the great plains and so stimulate a partial return of bison to their former haunts. The benefit of such a return could multiply and cascade down through an ecosystem, humans included, that has become fractured and an economy that needs stimulation, thus also allowing for the sustainability of the grasslands. Sha continues to develop and implement ways to harvest bison in culturally appropriate and ecologically acceptable to native american persons, and to provide education concerning native american culture and religious values as relating to bison. The goal of sha is to bring the harvest of buffalo back to the land and will allow the small producer, typically native american, with little or no access to capital,to bring his value-added product to a wide market of meat purveyors. Presently, a producer with a small herd has little or no options when it comes to converting his animals to cash. Harvested 656 buffalo for local buffalo producers.
I saw a story on NPR about processing of bison meat on location in the field where animals roam. I was impressed with the humane killing and the fact that without stress to the animal the meat that results is a much higher quality. In addition it is done by Native Americans who were so proud of their work. Seems to me to be a win-win for those who want to buy bison meat and for the the Native Americans to build a money making, earth friendly enterprise. Native Americans are the original earth respectful culture and I hope their business can increase.