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Native American confirmed as head of National Park Service


November 19, 2021

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved the nomination of Charles "Chuck" Sams III as National Park Service director, which will make him the first Native American to lead the agency.

Some conservationists hailed Sams' confirmation Thursday night as a commitment to equitable partnership with tribes, the original stewards of the land.

"I am deeply honored," Sams told the Confederated Umatilla Journal on Friday. "I am also very deeply appreciative of the support, guidance and counsel of my tribal elders and friends throughout my professional career."

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