• Nomination of Charles F. Sams III as National Park Service Director

    August 25, 2021

    President Biden nominated Charles “Chuck” Sams III to be the next director of the National Park Service on August 18. If confirmed by the Senate, Sams would be the first Native American to lead the agency and the 19th permanent director in the Park Service’s 105-year history, the first permanent director of the Park Service since 2017.

    Nominated by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Sams is a former longtime administrator of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon. Sams also previously worked in state and tribal government jobs and the nonprofit natural resource and conservation management field for more than 25 years.

    Sams is the second Native American to hold a major post in Biden administration after Deb Haaland made history when she became the first Native American to become Secretary of the Interior.

  • Hearing on Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act (H.R. 2930/S. 1471)

    May 27, 2021

    The House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States held a hearing on May 20 to discuss two bills, including the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act (H.R. 2930/S. 1471). This bipartisan, bicameral legislation endorsed by the National Trust would strengthen laws aimed at preventing trafficking in Native American cultural items and facilitate the voluntary return of sacred and cultural items. Witnesses at the hearing included the Honorable Brian D. Vallo, the Governor of Pueblo of Acoma—a National Trust site in New Mexico—where he testified in support of the bill. We encourage you to contact your members of Congress in the House and Senate to support this legislation.

  • National Trust Shares Preservation Priorities Report with the Biden-Harris Administration

    May 3, 2021

    The National Trust has published "Historic Preservation Solutions to Build Back Better," a new report that demonstrates the role historic preservation plays in promoting economic growth, confronting racial equity challenges, and responding to the climate crisis. The National Trust have transmitted the report to numerous senior officials throughout the Biden-Harris administration. The report details the National Trust’s regulatory and legislative priorities and how they align with the president’s broader agenda.

    Download the full report (PDF).

  • National Trust Submits Preservation Policy Priorities to Biden Administration Transition Team

    January 27, 2021

    In December, the National Trust met with and submitted policy priorities to the Biden-Harris transition team for the first 100 days of the new administration. Among the priorities cited were addressing proposed regulatory changes to the National Register of Historic Places, restoring Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, and imposing a moratorium on oil and gas leasing activities that threaten cultural resources on public lands, particularly in Greater Chaco Culture Landscape, and in the currently unprotected but culturally rich areas of Southeast Utah. Additionally, the National Trust highlighted the need for action to address the damaging changes made last summer to the regulations governing the National Environmental Policy Act and requested a full review of the Trump Administration’s reorganization of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

    The National Trust also asked for the revocation of Secretarial Order No. 3389 that was issued in December to change DOI’s approach to Section 106 compliance under the National Historic Preservation Act. Among other things, the order restricts the use of off-site compensatory mitigation for projects where historic resources will be harmed or destroyed, requires National Environmental Policy Act review to be used as a substitute for Section 106 consultation, establishes unreasonable compliance timelines, and requires the BLM to institute a review of the existing programmatic agreement, policy directives, and other guidance documents for conformance with the order.

    Each of these changes has raised troubling issues for the long-term protection of the nation’s cultural resources that the National Trust stands ready to help the new administration to address.

    Visit our Action Center to learn more about how you can speak up today for the places that matter to you.

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  • Big Win! National Register of Historic Places Rulemaking Halted

    January 21, 2021

    Preservationists around the country have been seriously concerned about proposed changes to the regulations governing the National Register of Historic Places since they were first proposed in 2019. Last fall, despite an outpouring of public concern about the proposal, the new rule was forwarded for review by the Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.

    During this review process, historic preservation advocacy organizations, state historic preservation offices, tribal governments, and tribal organizations pressed hard to make the case that the rule should be dropped. As a result, it was not finalized prior to the presidential transition and is not expected to be pursued by the Biden Administration.

    This is a big win that demonstrates the strength of the historic preservation movement when we work together on policy priorities. Congratulations and thanks to all who helped to achieve this important victory!

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