NATIVE | The Prodigies of an Icon is narrated by the ranchers, producers, and specialists featured in the film. Below is a complete cast of film participants.

Allan Savory

The Savory Institute
Global Leader in understanding Holistic Management

Stuart, Florida

Troy Heinert

South Dakota State Senator | House Minority Leader
Executive Director of the InterTribal Buffalo Council

Sicangu Lakota, South Dakota

Dave Carter

Executive Director (past)
The National Bison Association
Co-Owner of the herd at the West Bijou Ranch

Strasburg, Colorado

Byron Shelton

Program Director
The Savory Institute | West Bijou Ranch

Strasburg, Colorado

Dan Nosal

Rangeland Management Specialist
United States Department of Agriculture | Natural Resources Conservation Services

Ace Ward

Chief Operating Officer
Rocky Mountain Natural Meats | Great Range Brand Bison

Denver, Colorado

Gregg and Tami Notts

Memphis Ranch | Authentic American Bison

Carr, Colorado

Jason Baldes

InterTribal Buffalo Council
Shoshone Tribe Wind River

The Wind River Reservation (Eastern Shoshone Tribe)

John Flocchini

Durham Ranch

Board Member
National Buffalo Foundation

Wright, Wyoming

Scott and Kaytlen Assman

Dakota Pure Bison

Wood, South Dakota

Mike and Darla Assman

Organic Farmers and Ranchers
Assman Land and Cattle

Wood, South Dakota

Alex Heim

Bison Rancher
Heim Land & Bison

Wood, South Dakota

Wizipan “Little Elk” Garriott

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Indian Affairs US Department of Interior

Previously: Chief Executive Officer
REDCO | Rosebud Economic Development Corporation

The Rosebud Reservation (Sicangu Lakota Oyate Tribe)

Carrie Starr

Eastern Bison Association

Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch

Thornville, Ohio (Eastern Cherokee Tribe)

Jarrod Starr

Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch

Thornville, Ohio

TJ Heinert

Assistant Manager
The Wolakota Buffalo Range

The Rosebud Reservation (Sicangu Lakota Oyate Tribe)

Michelle Haukaas

Garden Manager
Sicangu Community Development Corporation

The Rosebud Reservation (Sicangu Lakota Oyate Tribe)

Nichole Weaver

Rancher, Mother, Baker
Bigelow Fields Bison Ranch

Eustis, ME

Michael Weaver

Rancher, Father
Bigelow Fields Bison Ranch

Eustis, ME.

Joseph Robbins

Bissell Brothers Brewery – Three Rivers

Milo, ME (Penobscot Tribe)

Sage Fast Dog

Education Director
Sicangu CDC

Mission, SD (Lakota Sicangu)

Matte Wilson

Food Sovereignty Director
Sicangu CDC

Mission, SD (Lakota Sicangu)

Katrina Fuller

Health Director
Sicangu CDC

Mission, SD (Lakota Sicangu)

Karen Moore

Market Coordinator
Sicangu CDC

Mission, SD (Lakota Sicangu)

Liz Riffle

Riffle Farms

Terra Alta, WV

Donald Beard

Texas Park Ranger
Caprock Canyon State Park

Caprock Bison Company

Quitaque, TX

Cecil Miskin

Herd Wear

Claude, TX

Elizabeth Goodin McGarr

Goodin Family
Goodnight Ranch Preservation

Claude, TX

Karli Fields

Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight Ranch State Historic 

Claude, TX

Ron and Theresa Miskin

The Buffalo Wool Company 

Weatherford, TX

Les Kruger

Canadian Bison Association

Rosedale Bison Ranch

Saskatchewan, Canada

Brian Arnold

OBA Director
Canadian Bison Association

Thunder Ridge Bison Company

Ontario, Canada

Bob Dineen

Founder & President
Great Range Premium Bison

Henderson, Colorado

Matt Skoglund

North Bridger Bison Ranch

Wilsall, MT

Jim Matheson

Executive Director
National Bison Association

Denver, CO

Dr. Nathaniel Ostashewski

Cyrus Bison Ranch

Bonnyville & Lamont, Alberta, Canada

Lawrence Ference

Corner Creek Farms

Elk Point, Alberta, Canada

Allen Oszust

Raging Bison Ranch

Glendon, Alberta, Canada

Dick Gehring

Black Kettle Buffalo

Moundridge, Kansas

Stuart Schrag

Director of Public Lands
Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks

Canton, Kansas

Cliff Peterson

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge

Canton, Kansas

Dr. Jeff Martin

Assistant Professor of Bison Biology & Management
South Dakota State University

Rapid City, South Dakota

Dr. Glenn Plumb

Chief Wildlife Biologist (Retired)
United States National Park Service

Livingston, Montana

Kelly Long

Partner & CEO
Noble Premium Bison

Calgary, Alberta Canada

Chad Kremer

Bison Herd Manager
Custer State Park

Custer County, South Dakota

Doug Griller

Quill Creek Bison

Saskatchewan, Canada

Mimi Hillenbrand

777 Bison Ranch

Rapid City, South Dakota

Moritz Espy

777 Ranch

Rapid City, South Dakota

Ray and Debbie Thieman

Prairie Ridge Buffalo Ranch

Limon, Colorado

Shawn Bennett

Prairie Ridge Buffalo Ranch

Limon, Colorado

Jud Seaman

Quality Auction Services, Inc.

Rapid City, South Dakota

Shannon & Melanie Ostapovich

Hobby Bison Ranchers
Wolverine Energy and Infrastructure Inc.

Elk Point, Alberta Canada

Wes Olson

The Ecological Buffalo

Lamont, Alberta Canada

Mark Silzer

Wolverine Bison

Humboldt, Saskatchewan Canada

Robert Ploetner

Peace River Ranch

Fort Saint John, British Columbia Canada

Brian Nilsson

Nilsson Brothers

Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Brennin Jack

General Manager
Jack Auction Group

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Canada


Paul Hacker

Various Indigenous Flute Tracks (Recorded)

Musician / Artist
Paul Hacker Knives and Flutes

Oklahoma (Choctaw / Cherokee)

Sicangu School Students

“Thanthanka Olowan” (LIVE)

Student Singers
Sicangu CDC Elementary School

Mission, SD (Lakota)

Arrow Funmaker

“Tatonka Buffalo Song” (LIVE)

Cultural Programming Director
Thundermaker Cultural Recovery

Chino Valley, AZ (Ho-Chunk Nation)


NATIVE | The Prodigies of an Icon features ranches, conservation parks, and indigenous communities across North America. The following map represents locations filmed (use scroll or zoom out to view Canadian Locations)

FILM PRODUCTION | Who’s involved and how its funded.

A Documentary about North America’s most iconic mammal, it’s regenerative significance, prehistoric legacy and the industry that saved it.

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