H. R. 6442
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
December 6, 2016
Mr. Fortenberry introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, and for other purposes.
Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail feasibility study
Section 5(c) of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1244(c)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Chief standing bear national historic trail
The Chief Standing Bear Trail, extending approximately 550 miles from Niobrara, Nebraska, to Ponca City, Oklahoma, which follows the route taken by Chief Standing Bear and the Ponca people during Federal Indian removal, and approximately 550 miles from Ponca City, Oklahoma, through Omaha, Nebraska, to Niobrara, Nebraska, which follows the return route taken by Chief Standing Bear and the Ponca people, as generally depicted on the map entitled
Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail Feasibility Study, numbered 903/125,630, and dated November 2014.
Availability of map
The map described in subparagraph (A) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Department of the Interior.
The feasibility study conducted under subparagraph (A) shall include a determination on whether the Chief Standing Bear Trail meets the criteria described in subsection (b) for designation as a national historic trail.
In conducting the feasibility study under subparagraph (A), the Secretary of the Interior shall consider input from owners of private land within or adjacent to the study area and shall not consider acquiring any land or interest in land outside the exterior boundaries of any federally administered area.
In conducting the feasibility study under subparagraph (A), the Secretary of the Interior shall consult with the Nebraska Natural Resources Districts.