Trophy hunting of Greater Yellowstone grizzlies could start in just over a week. But DOI Secretary Zinke still hasn't held federally-mandated consultation with affected Tribes on the sacred bears' fate.

“Reintroduce the sacred grizzly bear to tribal homelands – not to trophy hunting,” implores actor Zahn McClarnon as he closes the just-released “Not in Our Name” short film with an appeal for public support for tribal nations in their ongoing struggle to get the Trump Administration to “honor the historic grizzly treaty signed by over 200 tribes.”

Last seen in HBO’s “Westworld” starring as Akecheta opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins, McClarnon has become one of Native America’s most recognizable actors, with prominent roles in AMC’s “The Son,” “Longmire,” “Fargo” and Spielberg’s “Into the West.”

“Hunting them is absolutely crazy. Why would you hunt a grizzly bear?” asks McClarnon, as Wyoming gears up to open its grizzly trophy hunt in Greater Yellowstone on September 1, over the objections of tribal nations that have been denied formal government-to-government consultation on the issue by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

“I grew up in grizzly country and so my experiences with grizzlies are extremely personal because of growing up around them,” explains McClarnon, who is Hunkpapa Lakota from Standing Rock but spent his formative years on the Blackfeet Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy.

The Piikani Nation, sister tribe to the Blackfeet, introduced The Grizzly: A Treaty of Cooperation, Cultural Revitalization and Restoration, which is now the most-signed tribal treaty in history. Congressman Raul M. Grijalva, who also appears in “Not in Our Name,” introduced The Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act to the 115th Congress, which was inspired by the treaty.

Central to the treaty are the grizzly reintroduction articles. The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, which includes the plurality of Yellowstone treaty tribes, recently petitioned Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) with the tribal alternative to trophy hunting, writing: “Instead of trophy hunting the grizzly, tribal nation treaty signatories advocate relocating grizzlies from the GYE to sovereign tribal lands in the grizzly’s historic range where biologically suitable habitat exists among tribes that seek to explore and participate in such a program.

The same quota of grizzlies that would be hunted per season by the states, could easily be trapped and relocated to lands under sovereign tribal authority and jurisdiction, removing any possible rationalization for reinstituting trophy hunts. This plan provides for cultural, environmental and economic revitalization for participating tribal nations, as the grizzly is sacred to a multitude of tribes.” Barrasso has yet to respond.

Responses to "Native Actor releases a short film to oppose Trump's decision of "Grizzly Trophy Hunt""

  1. Unknown says:

    Agree Zahn....

  2. Unknown says:

    No trophy hunting !

  3. Sharon says:

    I am not Native American but the Grizzly Bear should never be released to trophy hunters. Far too many endangered animals are being hunted for sport, and it has to stop.

  4. Unknown says:

    We will do what we can to help. This is certainly wrong and needs to be addressed soon.

  5. Unknown says:

    With you all the way Zahn. A bear was once a hedge against starvation in the winter time. It should never be reduced to a head on the wall. You can't reverse Extinction.

  6. Unknown says:

    I stand with Zahn. An innocent animal should not be killed for pleasure. It's disgusting. STOP NOW!

  7. Unknown says:

    I agree Zahn! They should not be hunted for sport. They should be released to where they belong. Not on a wall or on a floor.

  8. Unknown says:

    No hunting of the bear for sport, Not in my name!!!!

  9. Unknown says:

    NOT in Anyones Name! Save the Grizzlies, standing with you Zahn.

  10. Unknown says:

    " NOT IN MY NAME "
    Who do Trump Thinks who he is ,for me he is a Destroyer of Mother Earth and Endangered Species ,Just One Of the Psychopaths trump also wants to sent the First People to India .because he thinks like columbus ,who thought the #FirstNations came from India ,for me trump is the reincarnation of columbus .. and Columbus is/was a Virus .

  11. shelagh mason says:

    Leave the Grizzlies alone

  12. Unknown says:

    President Trump, I am a far right,white female who voted for you. PLEASE, NEVER ALLOW TROPHY HUNTING. I against any thing to hurt/kill an innocent animal. Darlene Plewa

  13. Unknown says:

    he will do the same with Wolves .. https://www.facebook.com/wolveninhetbelangvandewolfinnederlandnee/videos/271538326752976/

  14. Mariann Hamzeh says:

    No to trophy hunting of Grizzlies or any other animal.

  15. Unknown says:

    No trophy hunting! What more can we do to stop it?

  16. Dawegi says:

    Not in my name

  17. Anonymous says:

    Please leave our natural resources and animals alone!

  18. Anonymous says:

    ✊✊✊✊✊✊✊ Yes Not In Our Name

  19. Unknown says:

    Aho, Mitakuye Oyasin Not in Our Name.

  20. Can you please stop murdering the Earth's assets for your enjoymnent? I'm begging you please stop.

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  22. J Dunlap says:

    No trophy hunting. Stop the killing for fun.

  23. Unknown says:

    Support from Australia. Trophy hunting is wrong and done by people lacking in any moral fibre. Shoot animals and people, yes, but only with a camera ! Well done

  24. Unknown says:

    Not in my name! Trophy hunting should be banned forever!

  25. Unknown says:

    Is a sin to kill, for sport!

  26. Nikki says:

    Not in my name! Leave the grizzlies alone!

  27. Karen Schmidt says:

    I stand with Zahn!! Not in my name! No Trophy hunting of any animal!

  28. Heather says:

    Thank you, Zahn.

  29. Unknown says:

    how can we help? what can we do?

  30. Unknown says:

    Adrian Gray Wolf Weems

  31. Unknown says:

    Trophy hunting needs to be banned!!! These animals are endangered and deserve to be protected from hunters!!!

  32. Unknown says:

    Totally agree Zane. Ban Trophy hunting. Not in my name.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, for your concern, and your loyalty to our creatures.

  34. Unknown says:

    Yes no trophy hunting NOT IN MY NAME

  35. Unknown says:

    Thanks for the video, Zahn!

  36. Not in my name. Brother Coyote is also very wrongly maligned and persecuted. As a keystone carnivore/omnivore, they too, should not be killed...not for fun; not for sport. They have an important job to do. Thank you.

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