By David Schechter
"He's exploiting this. He's exploiting our culture,” said Yolanda Blue Horse, a Native American activist.
To some Native Americans, the birth of a white buffalo symbolizes how their sacred ceremonies and prayers were handed down to them.
When Blue Horse and others in the local Native American community heard about this white buffalo, they felt Fuel City, a downtown Dallas landmark on Riverfront Boulevard, had gone too far.
Blue Horse called the owner to explain the problem about the animal named Lone Star.
"Our religion, really, ultimately is not to be used as a circus. It's not to be used as a sideshow and 'ooh, come look at what I got,' which is what his words were," she said.
For more on white buffalo, see White Buffalo Died of Disease and White Buffalo the Play.
Surprisingly, someone heeded a Native protest without a fuss. Too bad this doesn't happen more often.
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“I brought this buffalo to Dallas for people to enjoy,” Fuel City owner John Benda said. “I was not trying to profit from the animal.
“Everything was fine. The buffalo was really happy there and has a nice disposition. I didn’t want it to become negative, but I felt like the situation couldn’t be rescued.”
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