National Parks Service

Politics and Government
1:40 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Interior Secretary On Parks, Funding And Polarization In Washington

United States Interior Secretary Sally Jewell talks with park rangers during a tour of Jamestown Island in Jamestown, Va., Thursday, June 5, 2014. (Steve Helber/AP)

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 1:32 pm

On his trip to Washington, Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson spent some time with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who leads the U.S. Department of the Interior, a government agency that oversees the National Park Service.

The two toured the National Mall, which was first conceptualized by the French-born American architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant in the late 1700s. It is one of more than 400 national parks across the country.

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Delware and Pawnee Nations
8:23 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Park Service Awards Grants To Two Oklahoma Tribes

Flag of the Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma
Credit Xasartha / Wikipedia Commons

Two Native American tribes in Oklahoma have received grants to assist in the return of human remains and cultural objects.

The National Park Service awarded the Delaware Nation more than $87,000 and the Pawnee Nation more than $12,000. Projects that can be funded under the grants include consultations to identify individuals and cultural items, training, digitizing records and preparation and transport of items back to the tribes.

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Four Oklahoma Tribes Selected
4:15 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

National Park Service Awards Historic Preservation Grants

Credit James Fleeting /

The National Park Service has awarded historic preservation grants to four American Indian tribes in Oklahoma.

NPS director Jonathan Jarvis says the grants will help America's first people preserve significant tribal places, cultures and tradition.

The grants can be used to fund projects including nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, preservation education and historic structure reports.

The four Oklahoma-based tribes receiving grants are the Miami Tribe, the Peoria Tribe, the Seminole Nation and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:30 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Why The Federal Government Shutdown Might Be Good For Oklahoma State Parks

A hiker navigates through Robbers Cave State Park near Wilburton, Okla.
Credit OakleyOriginals / Flickr Creative Commons

Federally run campsites, parks and pavilions at dozens of Oklahoma lakes controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have closed because of the federal government shutdown. But that’s not keeping people away from lakes like Texoma, Eufaula, and Tenkiller, it’s just funneling them into state parks instead.

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6:33 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Grant Money Will Bring Home Ancestral Remains

Chickasaw Warrior statue
Credit Chickasaw Nation

The National Park Service has awarded the Chickasaw Nation more than $7,000 to help the tribe return ancestral human remains and cultural objects.

The grant money is part of more than $65,000 that the NPS awarded to various tribes, museums and groups under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis says in a news release that Protection and Repatriation Act helps correct mistreatment of Native peoples' by returning human remains and sacred objects.

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