Buffalo Soldiers Study
The National Park Service (NPS) is conducting a study of alternatives to commemorate and interpret the role of Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the national park system, recommend ways to enhance historical research, education, interpretation, and public awareness of their stewardship role in the national parks, and identify ways to further connect the Buffalo Soldiers story to the development of national parks and African-American military service following the Civil War. The NPS study team conducted public and internal outreach, including a Scholars Round Table, to: identify and fill research and knowledge gaps; gain a better understanding of the stewardship role of the Buffalo Soldiers in the NPS; and identify ideas and suggestions to meet the study's objectives. The team has compiled its findings and submitted a draft study document for internal policy review and approval. Once approved, the National Park Service will forward the findings to the Secretary of the Interior who will then submit the study and his recommendations, if any, to Congress to be considered for further action.