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Biden taps Charles F. Sams III to lead USNPS; would be first Native American to direct agency

The nomination of Charles F. Sams III, a Native American with long experience working with tribal governments and in the natural resource and conservation management fields, to be director of the National Park Service was applauded Wednesday.

Sams, an enrolled member, Cayuse and Walla Walla, of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate would be the first permanent director the Park Service has had since Jonathan Jarvis retired at the end of the Obama administration.

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