South Dakota Sens. Tim Johnson and John Thune are among a group of U.S. senators who have introduced a resolution designating the first Saturday in November as National Bison Day.

“National Bison Day is an opportunity to celebrate the bison as a living symbol of the United States. Bison not only play a central role in Native American culture, they are increasingly important in South Dakota and across the nation as bison ranching and interest in this great mammal have grown,” Johnson said in a news release.

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The “National Bison Day” resolution outlines the historical, cultural, and economic significance of the bison to the United States.

A total of 19 lawmakers from both parties introduced the resolution. If approved, the first National Bison Day would be Nov. 2, 2013.

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