Alexander Praises Unanimous Passage of Trail of Tears Legislation by Senate Energy Committee

Posted on March 8, 2006

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, made the following statement today after the Committee unanimously passed a bill to amend the National Trails System Act: “I am pleased to see the Energy and Natural Resources Committee unanimously approve this Trail of Tears feasibility study legislation. Congress designated the Cherokee Trail of Tears in 1987, and many parts of the trail, including several routes through East Tennessee, were left out. This study will assess the suitability of adding new segments to the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail like Ross’ Landing in Chattanooga and Ft. Cass along the Hiwassee River in Tennessee.” The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and cosponsored by Alexander, directs the Secretary of the Interior to submit to Congress a study regarding the feasibility of adding previously overlooked trails and waterways to the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. It now goes to the full Senate for consideration.