Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives passed his legislation directing the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail (H.R. 984).

Fortenberry spoke before the House of Representatives in support of the legislation. A video of his remarks can be found below:

“Mr. Speaker, the establishment of a Chief Standing Bear National Trail would honor both the courage of this man and the great contribution to the freedom and the civil liberties of our nation that he brought about. This bill is an important first step toward establishing the trail, and I look forward to continuing to work with the committee and the National Park Service to make this a reality.”

Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), who cosponsored the legislation, made the following statement:

“Chief Standing Bear’s unwavering fight to secure equal treatment under the law for America’s native people has helped pave the way for many more remarkable achievements by Native Americans across America. Designating a trail in his memory would rightly honor his memory, secure his legacy and inspire generations to come. I am very pleased by Congressman Fortenberry’s commitment to making that a reality in the future.”

The legislation now moves to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

Fortenberry introduced the legislation last month with Congressman Cole.

Fortenberry and Cole both serve on the House Appropriations Committee.