By Susan Montoya Bryan
The Associated Press 

National Park Service committed to boosting tribal role in land management


March 16, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — National Park Service Director Chuck Sams said March 8 that he and other officials are committed to boosting the role Native American tribes can play in managing public lands around the U.S.

He told members of a congressional committee during a virtual hearing that part of the effort includes integrating Indigenous knowledge into management plans and recognizing that federal lands once belonged to the tribes.

Sams was questioned about how the National Park Service could use existing authority and recent executive directives issued by top federal officials to make good...

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