Biden to nominate Umatilla tribal leader Chuck Sams to direct National Park Service

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On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Oregon tribal leader Charles “Chuck” Sams III to direct the National Park Service.

Sams is the former director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation as well as a current member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. He is the first Native American to be nominated for the National Park Service director post.

Gov. Kate Brown, who appointed Sams to the conservation council, said she is looking forward to his leadership. Charles “Chuck” Sams III is the former director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the first Native American to be nominated to direct the National Park Service.

Courtesy of Gov. Kate Brown “Chuck Sams is among Oregon’s finest, and I can’t think of a better person for the important role of National Park Service Director,” Brown said in a statement. “I have worked closely with Chuck for many years, and have witnessed firsthand his unparalleled devotion and service to his Tribe, our state, and our nation.”

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who oversees the Park Service and serves as the first Native American to hold her post, said Sams will bring valuable experience to the job.

“I look forward to working with him to welcome Americans from every corner of our country into our national park system,” Haaland said in a statement. “The outdoors are for everyone, and we have an obligation to protect them for generations to come.”

Sams has worked in state and tribal governments […]

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