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house Bill H.R. 984

Should the Chief Standing Bear Trail Become a National Historic Trail?

Argument in favor

This bill is long overdue to honor Chief Standing Bear and the rest of the Ponca people who walked the trail spanning from Oklahoma to Nebraska. A National Historic Trail label will help keep their history alive.

Cary's Opinion
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04/29/2015
We should invest in making things right for the wrong things we have done.
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Elinor's Opinion
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04/28/2015
At least this much. Consider making many more honors for the native people who were nearly destroyed by Europeans, including promoting their languages and ethnic rites and rituals.
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04/27/2015
I think this would be a wonderful honor not only of the Chief, but for all people to know of his achievements of of this historical tribe he represented. Knowing our own American history and all the many different people who live in this land is what America is all about.
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Argument opposed

Being designated as a "National Historic Trail" is a pretty paltry way to commemorate Standing Bear and the rest of the Ponca people — what about educating people more widely about the federal Indian removal?

AndyV's Opinion
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04/27/2015
We have enough "studies for feasibility" that need to be shutdown, already. With much honor and respect to our Native Americans- we need to save wherever we can, and not spending the money on a study of feasibility of officially naming a trail is not economically feasible AT THIS TIME. But, definitely a great suggestion for a country who has the money for that sort of thing.
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B.R.'s Opinion
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04/11/2016
While I agree that the honor is long overdue, the cost of $500,000 is ridiculous, not to mention the timeframe to conduct the study. And this is just a feasibility study. Someone should take a good look at the Secretary of the Interior' practices and costs.
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SherryTX's Opinion
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06/28/2015
Either do it or not. $500k for a study? NO
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