Scotty Philip

As the first calves of the season are born in Custer State Park, Gary Enright, director of the 1881 Courthouse museum, joins Dakota Midday to talk about a creature with a 500,000 year history in North America. Revered, hunted, and nearly dashed  into extinction, the American Bison has a storied history of loss and renewal.

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"The Buffalo King"

Dec 9, 2013

The documentary airs on SDPB-TV tonight at 8:00 p.m. Central.  James “Scotty” Philip, a pioneer South Dakota rancher, is often credited with saving the American Bison from extinction.  His story is told in “The Buffalo King,” a production of Nowlin Town Productions.  Philip and his wife, a Native American, came to Dakota Territory in the late 1800s.  He set out to save the buffalo from extinction by buying a small herd of 74 buffalo.  By the time of his death in 1911, the buffalo herd had grown to more than 1,000.