James "Scotty" Philip, a pioneer South Dakota rancher, is often credited with saving the American Bison from extinction. Philip and his wife, a Native American, came to Dakota Territory in the late 1800s. He set out to save the buffalo from extinction by buying a small herd of 74 buffalo. By the time of his death in 1911, the buffalo herd had grown to more than 1,000. Buffalo from his herd have been used to restock herds across the nation, including South Dakota's Custer State Park. The Executive Producer and Director of the documentary is Justin Koehler, a native of West River South Dakota, who grew up on a ranch not far from the town of Philip, which was named after the South Dakota pioneer.
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