The helicopter-assisted process started this week, according to an announcement in the Tribal Tribune of Nespelem, WA, long on headcount but short on details.
Tribal leaders changed the rules to allow the use of motorized vehicles in wild horse capture and increased the payoff to tribal members to $383 per horse removed.
Captured animals will likely be shipped to slaughter.
Any time you see actions like these justified by a need for ‘healthy rangelands’ or ‘healthy animals,’ you’re probably being lied to.
Perhaps tribal leaders were propositioned by ranchers to allow cattle on the affected lands, or livestock were already there but were losing too much forage to the horses.
Regardless, it’s a fine example of cultural annihilation on BIA lands.
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