KBR Wild Horse and Burro Information Sheet
THE NOKOTA WILD HORSES|
of NORTH DAKOTA
Nokota horses traditionally ranged in the Little Missouri Badlands of SW North Dakota,
appearing in the late 19th century. The horses are believed to be descendents of the
Sitting Bull ponies as well as horses which escaped or were released from
the ranching industry.
The National Park Service enclosed the Nokota's traditional range area and in doing so "captured" numerous
Nokota horses. The NPS' initial intention was to eradicate these horses, although a small
demonstration herd is now "officially" sanctioned.
These horses not only have historic value for all westerners, but they have significant
cultural and historic value to some of our Native American peoples. Many have urged the State of
North Dakota to designate the Nokota horse as an "honorary state equine" and this status was
achieved in 1993. The NPS, however, has yet to manage the horses in a way that would preserve a
historically accurate herd.
For a more complete discussion on these rare animals and private efforts to preserve the Nokota bloodline,
please follow the link below to:
Photo: Castle McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Dale Offerman and "Chief"
Photo: Rockin' Bar H Ranch
NOKOTA HORSE BREEDERS INDEX
We're in the process of identifying and listing ligitimate breeders of Nokota horses
who can be found on the internet. This list will be updated as we receive
This is not a BLM operated or BLM
sponsored site. It is run by private wild horse and burro enthusiasts.