Expanding the vision of our national park system
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — An expanse of high plains known as the South Unit of Badlands National Park could soon be the first tribal national park, as the Interior Department forges ahead with broadening the diversity of the park system.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis last week announced the release of the final General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the area, recommending the creation of a tribal national park in partnership with the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
“Our National Park System is one of America’s greatest story tellers,” Salazar said. “As we seek to tell a more inclusive story of America, a tribal national park would help celebrate and honor the history and culture of the Oglala Sioux people. Working closely with the Tribe, Congress, and the public, the Park Service will work to develop a legislative proposal to make the South Unit a tribal national park.” (more…)
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