On February 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act, which is sponsored by Representative Kristi Noem. The bill, which has been brought up in previous legislative sessions, provides provisions to clarify the process by which the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
The bill requires the VA to conduct environmental and cultural assessments on the land, as well as determining that the land is suited for cemetery use. Once these assessments have been completed, the Bureau of Land Management will be notified and the land will be removed from public land status to national cemetery use.
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