This bill would require the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear Trail — running through Nebraska and Oklahoma — as a national historic trail. A study, not an official designation.
The Chief Standing Bear Trail currently spans the roughly 550 miles from Ponca City, Oklahoma, through Omaha, Nebraska. It was the trail taken by Chief Standing Bear and the Ponca people during the federal Indian removal — the very ugly and destructive effort by the U.S. to remove native peoples from "federal lands" in the south. Some of you may remember the "trail of tears" — that designation came from the federal Indian removal in 1830.