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California bill aims to honor Buffalo Soldiers' role in parks




 Buffalo soldiers of the 25th Infantry, some wearing buffalo robes, Ft. Keogh, Montana
Buffalo soldiers of the 25th Infantry, some wearing buffalo robes, Ft. Keogh, Montana
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Buffalo Soldiers were members of America's first all-black Army regiments. After the Civil War ended, they were dispatched to patrol wilderness areas like California's Sierra Nevada.

Now, Congress has moved to formally recognize their contributions. A bill to create a commemorative trail honoring California's Buffalo Soldiers has already passed in the House and will soon be introduced in the Senate.

Shelton Johnson, a park ranger and historian at Yosemite National Park, joins the show to tell us more of the history of these men.