James L Holt, Sr

"The livelihoods of indigenous people and wild buffalo are inextricably tied together. The health of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and that of many plant and wildlife species, are at risk. Buffalo, as a keystone species, are critically important to building resilience for an uncertain future. Similarly, it is up to tribal nations to secure their cultural & subsistence lifeways, and protect the sanctity of their treaties with the United States. We can achieve these conditions by restoring and coexisting with wild buffalo."- James Holt Sr.

I was raised in Lapwai, Idaho on the Nez Perce Reservation where I reside with my family today. My paternal grandfather and my father taught me the ways of the rivers and mountains throughout my homelands. I was taught the principle that my relationship with the natural world is sacred. I was given the responsibility of being a voice for Mother Earth, to advocate for her and her children. I have a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho. I also have a Certificate in Diversity and Stratification from the University of Idaho. This educational background has complimented my indigenous teachings, as well as my professional experience. I utilize my traditional ecological knowledge and 27 years of environmental policy expertise to guide the Campaign, and help bring our mission to fruition. In addition to my work with Buffalo Field Campaign, I have served on the leadership committees of numerous environmental organizations and within the Nez Perce Tribe.