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White Cloud's Birthday


White Cloud was born on the Shirek Buffalo Farm near Michigan, ND, 9 years ago today. She’s an extremely rare albino that now lives with a herd of about 30 bison outside the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown.

White Cloud had her first calf in 2000. She was named Princess Winona, which means “first-born daughter” in the Lakota language. On the day after Mother’s Day, 2003, she gave birth to her second calf, a male named Dakota Thunder.

White Cloud can often be seen from Interstate 94 as she grazes in the hills on the outskirts of Jamestown. She’s a big attraction for the museum not only because she’s rare; some Native Americans also consider her sacred.


Dakota Datebook written by Merry Helm