To understand where some of the National Park Service's budget headaches come from, you need go no further than Congress.
Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer asked the Park Service to study the merits of "commemorating and interpreting the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the National Parks..."
The U.S. Army, including regiments of Buffalo Soldiers, was responsible for protecting national parks before the National Park Service was established.
The Congressional Budget Office pegged the cost of such a study at $400,000.