Hoeven, Heinrich: Senate Passes Resolution Designating November 6 as National Bison Day

WASHINGTON – Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today announced that the Senate has passed a bipartisan resolution they introduced to designate November 6, 2021, as National Bison Day. 

“National Bison Day is an opportunity to annually commemorate the bison as our national mammal and celebrate its unique place in American history,” said Hoeven. “As an embodiment of strength and dignity, and a sacred and spiritual symbol of Native American heritage, the bison holds great significance not only across the West, but throughout North America.”

"Bison hold a rich historic and cultural significance for the United States, and in particular for Tribal nations," said Heinrich. "They represent resiliency and are an enduring symbol of American strength. I’m proud to lead this bipartisan resolution with Senator Hoeven to recognize our national mammal and bring greater attention to the ongoing effort to conserve this unique species."

Cosponsors of the resolution include Senators Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ben Lujan (D-N.M.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.).

The full text of the resolution is available here. In 2016, Hoeven and Heinrich introduced the bipartisan National Bison Legacy Act, which was signed into law. This legislation recognized the bison’s significance in American history and designated it as the United States’ national mammal.