The Buffalo Roundup draws thousands to the Black Hills

Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 4:59 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Thousands gathered at Custer State Park to witness approximately 60 horse riders herd buffalo through the Black Hills.

The Buffalo Roundup is both important to spectators and help keeps the herd healthy and active.

According to KOTA TV News and KEVN, a herd of 36 buffalo was given to Custer State Park back in 1914 to combat the looming extinction of the bison. Now the buffalo run allows spectators to see a glimpse of South Dakota and its indigenous history, witnessing the buffalo roam the plains once again.

“It’s a symbol of the American West. It’s a special heard that’s a big part of South Dakota,” said Gov. Noem. “It gives us the opportunity to focus on what this heard has always meant to our tribes, and it gives us a chance to share their history.”

The annual roundup brings pride to the people who live here, reminding them of how sacred the bison are to them and South Dakota’s nine Native American tribes.

If you missed the running of the buffalo on Friday, the 57th annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and arts festival continues until Sunday.