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Senator Feinstein Introduces Legislation to Commemorate Buffalo Soldiers

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U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) recently introduced legislation to commemorate the Buffalo Soldiers, the Army's first all-African-American units, and the critical role they played in the early years of the National Parks.

"We must preserve the memory of our brave Buffalo Soldiers, who were in essence our nation's first park rangers and left a rich historical legacy in the state of California," Senator Feinstein said. "This bill is an important first step in memorializing the critical role the Buffalo Soldiers had in shaping the National Parks we so treasure. We must ensure their contributions will be remembered and shared by all."

Created by Congressional Order in 1869, the Buffalo Soldiers bravely served our country both at home and abroad in the face of segregation and intolerance. The Buffalo Soldiers also left behind a legacy enshrined in our National Parks.

Buffalo Soldiers stationed at San Francisco's Presidio patrolled Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks, where they protected our parks from poachers and loggers, built trails, and escorted visitors. The Buffalo Soldiers were, in essence, our nation's first park rangers.

This bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to commission a study to:

· Evaluate the feasibility of establishing a national historic trail commemorating the route the Buffalo Soldiers traveled between their post at San Francisco's Presidio and Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.

· Identify properties to be considered for the National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmarks.

· Develop educational initiatives and a public awareness campaign about the contributions of the Buffalo Soldiers. The "Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act" is a companion bill to H.R. 4491, introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) in January.

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0 # Guest 2010-05-24 08:11
Hello Blackvoices.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California introduced a "Bill" in Congress, HR 4491, along with Senator Diane Feinstein of California to recognized the Buffalo Soldiers, who were the 'first' National Park Rangers in the two Western National Parks, Sequoia and Yosemite. The 'bill' passed the House on the 18th of May 2010 and is heading to the Senate. Please contact your Senators and urge them to pass this 'bill'.

Below, are the links regarding the 'bill', number 1 is congress and number 2 is the Senate:

1. http://[censored].speier.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=48&parentid=46§iontree=46,48&itemid=474

2. http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=NewsRoom.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=1b755845-5056-8059-7630-68b2328cdcfb

Action only happens when people take action...so what are you waiting for...lets start acting like the other races in America for once, lets work together and not apart.
+1 # Guest 2010-05-11 15:19
This Bill is Companion to H.R. 4491, Rep. Speier’s Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act . HR 4491was favorably reported out of the mark up process yesterday. without amendments and without opposition. We're told there was even strong bi-partisan support expressed for the bill by a ranking Republican member of the committee!
We're informed HR 4491 is in good position to 1) be taken up and approved by the full House or 2) simply incorporated into a large public lands omnibus package being developed and passed as a part of a larger herd of public lands bills.

A challenge is that 48 study bills are in front of HR 4491. In order for thHR 4491 & S 3222 to pass, the study to be funded and these "forgotten" soldiers be recognized for their significant contributions the reader needs to contact their Congressional and Senate Representatives and urge them to move these Bills forward.
+1 # Guest 2010-05-06 19:40
Keep telling that history; read some great military history.

How do you keep a people down? ‘Never' let them 'know' their history.

The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn't for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry. Read the novel, “Rescue at Pine Ridge”, and visit website http://[censored].rescueatpineridge.com


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