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In interview, Sams talks about his priorities for Tribal/USNPS relations

As the first Native American director of the National Park Service, Charles F. “Chuck” Sams III brings an Indigenous perspective to a U.S. Department of Interior agency responsible for more than 400 national parks, monuments and memorials, as well as more than 300,000 staff and volunteers.

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved Sams to serve as director on Nov. 18. He was then sworn in Dec. 16 by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., giving the department its first Senate-confirmed director in nearly five years.

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