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FARGO – North Dakota’s honorary horse breed doesn’t get the respect supporters believe it’s due in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
They’ve turned to the North Dakota Legislature to send a message to the National Park Service to work to preserve the Nokota horse breed, which traces its lineage to Indian ponies and early ranch stock in the Badlands.
“It’s a question of doing a right thing,” said Frank Kuntz of the Nokota Horse Conservancy in Linton. “These horses have a wonderful history, and they deserve that recognition.”
The horses roam the south unit of the western North Dakota park and are maintained as a demonstration herd of the wild horses that wandered the Little Missouri Badlands during the era of the open range when Roosevelt was a cattle rancher.
UC-Berkeley student, Lucie Schwartz, filmed this mini-documentary in March 2008. A wonderfully new perspective on the work the Kuntz' have been doing to protect the Nokota® horses for the past 30 years.