Senate Confirms Chuck Sams as National Parks Service Director


The United States Senate unanimously approved the nomination of Chuck Sams as National Park Service Director after U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., went to the Senate floor and asked the Senate pass the nomination by unanimous consent.

Chuck Sams

“Chuck Sams is the right nominee to lead the National Park Service as it addresses these challenges. I know Chuck. He is hardworking. He is committed,” Wyden said on the Senate’s action. “Chuck is a role model in the stewardship of American land and waters, wildlife and history. And now thanks to the Senate’s unanimous decision to confirm his nomination, Congress and park-goers will have someone steady and experienced to rely on in the years ahead.”

Sams is the former director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and is currently a member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

He is the first Native American to be nominated for the National Park Service director post.