...To what degree should Native Americans be allowed to continue these long-held [harvesting] traditions on what are now protected park lands?
It’s a question that has long dogged the National Park Service, which is trying to exempt Indian tribal members but continue to constrain other harvesters, according to documents released through the Freedom of Information Act. ...
The group that sprang the records, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, opposes harvesting exemptions on national park lands, calling the proposed change a slippery and dangerous slope. ...
“Unfortunately, the NPS regulations prohibit gathering by tribes,” [NPS Director Jon Jarvis] said. “I think that is wrong. I know that the traditions practiced by the tribes have never broken. It is my mission to fix the problem during my time as Director.” ...
Elliston's article includes links to key PDF documents:
Draft National Park Service rule that would allow harvesting exemptions for Native Americans [PDF]
Minutes of National Park Service meeting with Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, July 16, 2010 [PDF]
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