Biden nominates Chuck Sams, longtime Oregon tribal leader, as National Parks Service Director

President Joe Biden nominated Chuck Sams, a longtime tribal leader from Oregon, as National Parks Service Director.

The 50-year-old Sams, a former administrator of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation, is the president’s choice to run the service, which oversees a system that attracts 318 million visitors every year.

If approved by the U.S. Senate, Sams would be the first Native American to serve as National Parks Director. He is an enrolled member of the Cayuse and Walla Walla tribes, which are part of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in northeastern Oregon. He and his wife, Lori Sams, and their four children live there.

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