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#1 buckland

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Posted 12 April 2021 - 09:06 PM

Return the National Parks to the Tribes

Here is an article from the Atlantic. I found the idea a win/win. But with everything there are two sides. 

Certainly I see the moral argument "who could possibly be more invested" . And there is the financial aspect as well. Perhaps a cooperative 50/50 with Federal having no more say than Indigenous people. Certainly financially supported by the US treasury/Interior.

 

It just feels like a good evolution. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 12 April 2021 - 10:34 PM

Interesting idea.

Even more interesting might be some of the posts/comments.

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Posted 12 April 2021 - 10:44 PM

I imagine anything to do with the shepherding of such heritage will bring out strong opinion... but in the end if folks see it as "we have to something" to preserve and protect such incredibly valuable land yes...but also wildlife within... it means people have to play second fiddle... people hate that and come to a compromise where no-one wins but all are included. At least that would make my day.


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Posted 13 April 2021 - 08:35 PM

I worked with many NW tribes for almost 30 years and observed hundreds of on-the-ground examples of how land and resources are managed and restored by tribal leaders, scientists and general membership. Often in collaboration with local, state and federal goverment entities, not-for-profits, citizen groups and environmental organizations. As many of the tribal folks will tell you, things wax and wane within the tribal societies as well as in the general non-tribal societies. But if the question is who would fare best with managing the National Parks over the long term, I come down firmly on the side of the tribes.

 

Details would need to negotiated, such as use of roads through the parks and what to do with parks whose original indigenous inhabitants were extirpated. Perhaps a 10 year dual management system, while usage and funding is worked out. The federal government has a long history of not living up to the financial promises and responsibilities to tribes and public lands. A permanent and fully adequate funding stream would need to be put in place.

 

So yes, this both could and would work.


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Posted 13 April 2021 - 09:43 PM

I agree. I was thinking why not keep funding the same (or increased by need). It is all our land now... I would like to see the stewardship given back to the original owners with the deal that they now have a say with their values in how it will be preserved. 


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Posted 13 April 2021 - 11:09 PM

Interesting indeed. My sister-in-law belongs to the Miwok tribe mentioned in the beginning of the article, yes the tribe hunted down and chased from their Yosemite ancestral home. When we mention a trip to Yosemite, she smiles and says, "Have fun in our Park."

 

The removal from Yosemite was the third ordeal suffered by the tribe from the European expansion. The first was enslavement by the California missions. The second was enslavement by John Sutter. 

 

She is currently a member of the tribal leadership working toward getting their casino. I'll pass the article on to her.


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Posted 13 April 2021 - 11:41 PM

Great comments on this topic,but I figured you guys would come through.

 

We'll see where this idea goes.Hopefully it might get some traction if the right people get involved.

 

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Posted 20 November 2021 - 09:49 PM

What better way to steward the treasured lands.... 

https://apnews.com/a...980ad2b7f5aba28


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Posted 20 November 2021 - 10:10 PM

That's great news.

Hope he can get things done without much " bureaucracy "

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Posted 21 November 2021 - 12:07 AM

It would be a good healing if it works

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