Outdoors: Bush pushing tribes to take over parks
Thursday, October 16, 2003

"The Bush administration is proposing to alter the way national wildlife refuges and national parks are staffed and run. The proposal will find new staff for these preserves outside the traditional National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel, through "outsourcing" agreements.

The essence of the shift: administration officials encourage Indian tribes with a cultural, geographic or historic tie to a federal refuge or park to help run many of these sites. They describe this as a mild evolution of an ongoing program to empower American Indians and nurture self-reliance.

Opponents call that a cover story."

Get the Story:
Bush's plan for preserves (The San Francisco Chronicle 10/16)

Relevant Links:
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes -
National Bison Range -
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility -

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