second was born in 1996 but died after three days. Heider said he discovered thethird white buffalo, a newborn male, after a storm in late August. Over theweekend, about 50 American Indians held a drum ceremony to honor the calf,which has yet to be named, he said.Floyd "Looks for Buffalo" Hand, a medicine man in the Oglala Sioux Tribe inPine Ridge, S.D., said it was fate that the white buffaloes chose one farm, whichwill likely become a focal point for visitors, who make offerings such as tobaccoand dream catchers in the hopes of earning good fortune and peace. The white buffalo is particularly sacred to the Cheyenne, Sioux and other nomadic tribes of the Northern Plains that once relied on the buffalo for subsistence.According to a version of the legend, a white buffalo, disguised as a womanwearing white hides, appeared to two men. One treated her with respect, and theother didn't. She turned the disrespectful man into a pile of bones, and gave therespectful one a pipe and taught his people rituals and music. She transformedinto a female white buffalo calf and promised to return again.That this latest birth is a male doesn't make it any less significant in AmericanIndian prophecies, which say that such an animal will reunite all the races of manand restore balance to the world, Hand said. He said the buffalo's coat will changefrom white to black, red and yellow, the colors of the various races of man, beforeturning brown again.The birth of a white male buffalo means men need to take responsibility for their families and the future of the tribe, Hand said.The odds of a white buffalo are atleast 1 in a million, said Jim Matheson, assistant director of the National BisonAssociation. Buffalo in general have been rare for years, thought their numbersare increasing, with some 250,000 now in the U.S., he said. Many people, likeHeider, choose to raise the animals for their meat, which is considered a healthier,low-fat alternative to beef. Gary Adamson, 65, of Elkhorn, who is of Choctaw andCherokee heritage, said tribal elders will help interpret the animal's significance.Baby buffalo believed to be good luck charm - NBC - May 10, 2006Evergreen: It's the first white buffalo calf ever born on the ranch, which doublesas a wild game preserve. Out of 50 head, the ranch now has three white buffalos.