Ms. BORDALLO. Madam Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 5335) to amend the National Trails System Act to provide for the inclusion of new trail segments, land components, and campgrounds associated with the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, and for other purposes, as amended.
The Clerk read the title of the bill.
The text of the bill is as follows:
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Trail of Tears Documentation Act''.
SEC. 2. ADDITIONS TO TRAIL OF TEARS NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL.
Section 5(a)(16) of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1244(a)(16)) is amended as follows:
(1) By amending subparagraph (C) to read as follows:
``(C) In addition to the areas otherwise designated under this paragraph, the following routes and land components by which the Cherokee Nation was removed to Oklahoma are components of the Trail of Tears National Historic [Page: H8499]
Trail, as generally described in the environmentally preferred alternative of the November 2007 Feasibility Study Amendment and Environmental Assessment for Trail of Tears National Historic Trail:
``(i) The Benge and Bell routes.
``(ii) The land components of the designated water routes in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
``(iii) The routes from the collection forts in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee to the emigration depots.
``(iv) The related campgrounds located along the routes and land components described in clauses (i) through (iii).''.
(2) In subparagraph (D)--
(A) by striking the first sentence; and
(B) by adding at the end the following: ``No lands or interests in lands outside the exterior boundaries of any federally administered area may be acquired by the Federal Government for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail except with the consent of the owner thereof.''.
Ms. BORDALLO. Madam Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration.
Ms. BORDALLO. Madam Speaker, H.R. 5335, introduced by our colleague from Tennessee, Representative Wamp, implements the recommendations of a National Park Service study that examined the possibility of adding several side trails associated with the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.
Congress designated the original National Historic Trail in 1987 to commemorate the two main routes used during the forced removal of more than 15,000 Cherokee Indians from their ancestral homelands in the southeastern United States. At that time, many of the side routes used during the removal were not well documented.
Subsequent research has identified these routes, and in 2006 Congress directed the National Park Service to determine which, if any, of these routes would be eligible for addition to the existing trail.
The National Park Service found a number of components eligible for designation and recommended adding routes in Tennessee and Alabama. H.R. 5335 adds those routes to the existing trail.
I ask my colleagues to support passage of this measure.
Madam Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.
Mr. YOUNG of Alaska. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
This legislation, H.R. 5335, has been explained by the good manager of the bill, and we support the legislation.
I would like to, at this time, acknowledge the bill's author, Congressman ZACH WAMP, and of course Congressman Shuler. Both of them have asked me and asked the leadership of the Resources Committee to move this legislation.
I support the legislation because it does recognize the angst of those that marched on this trail. I strongly compliment both of those gentlemen for their hard work.