Charles "Chuck" F. Sams III could soon become the first Native American to head the National Park Service in the agency's history. A series of acting directors have led the department since 2017.
The Osage Nation is one of a dozen tribal nations in the U.S. that have significant oil and gas reserves. Its citizens are optimistic that Deb Haaland will help them keep extracting fossil fuels.
Native Americans have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and are four times as likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19.