Call to Action – Historic Preservation

Hello and Happy Friday to everyone!


As part of our promise here at Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates to advocate for our beloved herd of wild horses from EVERY angle, we have been hard at work trying to find other ways to save this herd!

Of course, the #1 way you can help with that is to make sure that you participate in this LAST public comment period.  Superintendent Richman still has not answered our extension request but did say in an interview this week that there would “likely be an extension”.  We will let you know as soon as we hear anything from the Park.


We are continuing to see how we can get state and/or federal protection for these horses.

Today, I spoke with our North Dakota State Historical Preservation Office.  As you know, one of the things Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates has called into question is the historical and cultural significance of these horses. 

I was told today by our state’s Historical Preservation Office that whenever something like this is being done on federal lands, their office, and their lawyers have to investigate.  They are in the process of that investigation and will also be submitting formal comments to the Park. 

Public input is something that also weighs in on their process!

You know what that means….

A NEW Call to Action!

We need EVERYONE to take a moment to SNAIL MAIL a quick note to the North Dakota State Historical Preservation Office.  You can customize your letter in whatever way you choose.  The letter should say something to the effect of:

I am writing to request that the wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park be considered a significant historical and cultural resource to the state of North Dakota.

If you want to learn more about this, you can look at Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act.  You can read all about it here:

We also have an interview with Robert Utley in the library section of our website.  I had the honor of speaking with him before he passed away.  As the person who helped write Section 106, he strongly felt that the wild horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park should be protected under Section 106.  You can also download the interview with Robert Utley here:

Also, if you remember, from NPS 2022h, the Park made A LOT of references to Section 106 – so apparently this is a concern for them too!

This is a quick and easy way for you to make a difference for this herd and help the Historic Preservation Office make their decision.

Your letter should be sent to:

North Dakota State Historic Preservation Office
612 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND  58505
Attn: Bill Peterson

We also hope that you have taken a moment to send your email to Secretary Haaland in our other Call to Action from this week:

Thank you for taking a moment to do this simple action and thank you for your continued support!

Have a great weekend!

7 thoughts on “Call to Action – Historic Preservation

  1. If one envelope contains NUMEROUS letters, will the Historical Society accept them as individual comments?

  2. I wrote the letter and will get it out ASAP. Thank you for making this as easy as possible by giving names, suggestions, and addresses.

  3. The thought of the beautiful and historical bands of horses being taken out of North Dakota’s most popular tourist attraction TRNP and Medora has to be stopped! Multiple thousands of people who have been through TRNP over the years look forward to seeing the horses immensely!!🙏🐴🐎it is a big draw for ND Tourism trade. These horses are NOT livestock being tended to – they are completely on their own and their close bond keeps them caring for each other. Leave them where they truly belong running WILD AND FREE in TRNP!! Part of our ND heritage!!

  4. N.D. can build a huge library, to educate people, yet here we tear down an important part of N.D. History, which people drive many miles, year after year, to see what nature has given us and Now find no need to preserve that important part of our legacy.

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