P.L. 109-152, The Buffalo Soldier Commemoration Act of 2005
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S. 205 would authorize the American Battle Monuments Commission to establish a memorial to honor buffalo soldiers near New Orleans, Louisiana. (Buffalo soldiers are African-Americans who served in the United States Army during certain armed conflicts.) The bill would direct the commission to solicit contributions for the construction and maintenance of the memorial to be located on federal land. Contributions would be deposited into a newly created account held by the commission, and those funds (including any interest earnings) would be available for construction costs. Before construction of the memorial could begin, the commission would have to execute an agreement with an appropriate local entity to provide for maintenance of the structure. (Any amounts remaining in the commission¿s new account after construction would be transferred to that entity for maintenance.) Finally, the bill would authorize the appropriation of whatever sums are necessary to carry out the legislation.