Finally: Obama declares bison the national mammal

Finally: Obama declares bison the national mammal
Bison depicted in "Buffalo Hunt," 1844. Detail. George Catlin (1796-1872) (Wikimedia Commons)

[Ed. – So many pointless arcane tasks to accomplish, so little time.  Next step:  Bison for the $1 bill, instead of that KKK Christofascist George Washington!]

President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law Monday, two weeks after both houses of Congress approved the bill by what appeared to be unanimous voice votes.

Sponsored by Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., the bill has just one purpose: To declare the bison the national mammal of the United States.

The law also makes clear that it’s entirely a symbolic action: “Nothing in this act or the adoption of the North American bison as the national mammal of the United States shall be construed or used as a reason to alter, change, modify, or otherwise affect any plan, policy, management decision, regulation, or other action by the federal government,” the last clause of the bill reads. …

The bill, which recognizes the bison for its historical, cultural significance, contains the following facts about the bison:

► A bison is portrayed on two state flags; …

► Several sports teams have the bison as a mascot, which highlights the iconic significance of bison in the United States. [Including, as every true football aficionado knows, that Team of Teams, the perennial Div I champion North Dakota State. – Ed.]

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