When George Catlin traveled up the Missouri River into present-day Montana, he admired the Native American peoples of the Great Plains and observed the bison herds as one of their critical resources. Fearing that the looming decimation of bison would devastate the livelihoods of Native peoples, Catlin proposed the creation of a “nation’s park” in the 1830s to preserve both the bison herds and Native cultures of the Great Plains. The notion was ignored for forty years.
About Nancy McClure
Nancy works in the Center of the West's Public Relations Department in electronic communications. Her work includes writing and updating website content, publicizing events, updating electronic signage, working with images, and producing the e-newsletter Western Wire. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys photography, reading, and playing the flute.