Text: H.R.6380 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/29/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6380


To authorize the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the National Park Service, to establish an annex in Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as an extension of the American Memorial Park located in Saipan.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 29, 2010

Mr. Sablan introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the National Park Service, to establish an annex in Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as an extension of the American Memorial Park located in Saipan.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Annex in Tinian.

(a) Short title.—This section may be cited as the “American Memorial Park Annex in Tinian Act”.

(b) Findings.—Congress finds as follows:

(1) In September 2001, the National Park Service, conducted a suitability and feasibility study on North Field, on the island of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

(2) The Department of Defense holds a 50-year lease over the study area, North Field Tinian.

(3) The National Park Service determined that the North Field Tinian was “one of the most significant World War II sites in the Pacific” because of its important singular events such as the strategic bombing of Japan and the use of the atomic bomb in war.

(4) North Field Tinian is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district and has been designated a national historic landmark.

(5) The National Park Service also determined that the study area was not feasible to include North Field as a unit of the National Park Service system because of the “military’s future long term needs”.

(6) Visitors and residents will be given the opportunity thereafter to visit North Field Tinian to complete an on- and off-site interpretation of the World War II events on Tinian.

(7) As an annex, the facility can serve as an extension of the American Memorial Park located on the island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

(8) American Memorial Park is managed by the National Parks Service, as authorized under Public Law 94–241 and Public Law 95–348.

(9) American Memorial Park was established to honor the United States Forces that fought in the Battle of Saipan.

(10) North Field Tinian played a crucial role in shaping the outcome of World War II, since the dropping of the atomic bomb in combat over Hiroshima.

(11) The 65th Anniversary of this event was in 2010.

(c) Establishment.—The Secretary of the Interior, acting through the National Park Service, shall develop, maintain, and administer an annex in Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as an extension of the American Memorial Park located in Saipan, on an appropriate parcel of Tinian Public Land to be agreed upon by the National Park Service and the Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands in consultation with the Mayor of Tinian. The annex shall be used to—

(1) interpret the important aspects of North Field by highlighting the historic events related to the World War II Marianas Campaign; and

(2) serve as a curatorial storage of World War II artifacts.