National Parks Group Applauds House Passage of Buffalo Soldiers Study Act

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   June 17, 2013
Contact:   Kati Schmidt, Senior Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association: 415.847.1768, kschmidt@npca.org


National Parks Group Applauds House Passage of Buffalo Soldiers Study Act

Statement by NPCA Senior Pacific Regional Director Ron Sundergill

“With a keen eye on diversifying our National Park System to more fully reflect our diverse, shared heritage, the National Parks Conservation Association applauds today’s House passage of the Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act. This legislation, championed by Congresswoman Jackie Speier and co-sponsored by 16 Congressional leaders, would authorize Interior Secretary Jewell to determine how the Buffalo Soldiers’ story should be represented in our National Park System. With a companion bill already introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, we urge our elected officials to build upon the great work shown in the House of Representatives today, and pass this important piece of legislation.”

“Buffalo Soldiers was the nickname coined to describe the African-American troops who were among those protecting iconic sites including Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.  Their work, which included preventing logging and poaching within park boundaries, clearing roads, and creating maps, continues to benefit millions of visitors of all ages and backgrounds who visit these natural, national treasures.”

“As we look to the centennial celebration of our National Park Service in 2016, we continue to advocate for making our National Park System, famously referred to as ‘America’s best idea,’ even better. Today’s House passage of the Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act takes us one step closer to that important goal.”

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