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Chuck F. Sams III of Pendleton most recently served on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Chuck F. Sams III as the first Native American to serve as director of the National Park Service in its 105-year history.

The vote came Thursday, Nov. 19.SAMS

Sams is a member of the Cayuse and Walla Walla tribes, which are part of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He will be the first confirmed director of the National Park Service since 2017; the agency has been led by acting directors since then.

Sams, who has years of experience in land management, most recently served on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

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