In High Country News interview, Sams talks co-management, wilderness, and more
Last December,in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Chuck Sams (Umatilla) made history when he shook hands with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) and became the first Native person to lead the National Park Service. He is also the agency’s first permanent director since 2017. Sams, who is Cayuse and Walla Walla, is enrolled with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation — a true Native Oregonian. HCN sat down with Sams to hear about his approach to his position.