WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today announced that the U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan resolution they introduced to designate November 5, 2022, as National Bison Day.
"Bison hold a rich historic and cultural significance for the United States, and in particular for Tribes," 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."
“Today we honor our national mammal and commemorate what the bison means to our country,” said Hoeven. “It is fitting that we remember the vigor and force that the bison represents as well as the pioneering spirit of our nation this great animal symbolizes.”
Cosponsors of the bipartisan resolution include U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Ben Lujan (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.).
The full text of the resolution is available here. In 2016, Senators Heinrich and Hoeven 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.