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New USNPS policy on Tribal co-management raises questions, concerns over limits of power

The National Park Service has moved to strengthen "the role of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes, Alaska Natives entities, and the Native Hawaiian Community in federal land management," a development Park Service Director Chuck Sams said "will help ensure tribal governments have an equal voice in the planning and management" of the park system.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico and the first Native American to serve as Interior Secretary, and Sams, an enrolled member, Cayuse and Walla Walla, of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon, have worked to see more Native American involvement across the public lands, particularly when it involves Traditional Ecological Knowledge (the on-going accumulation of knowledge, practice and belief about relationships between living beings in a specific ecosystem that is acquired by Indigenous people over hundreds or thousands of years through direct contact with the environment, handed down through generations, and used for life-sustaining ways--NPS)

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