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President Biden signed an executive order Monday directing federal agencies to design a strategy to address the epidemic of murdered and missing Indigenous people, the White House said.

Driving the news: The order is part of a slew of announcements expected this week as the White House hosts the first Tribal Nations summit since 2016.

  • The administration will reveal new steps to improve public safety and justice for Native Americans, as well as better protection of private lands, treaty rights and sacred places, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing Friday.

The big picture: The new order tasks the departments of Justice, Interior and Homeland Security to create a strategy to address specific law enforcement issues and to provide support to Tribal Nations as they implement tribally centered responses, according to the White House.

  • The order also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to help develop plans for violence prevention and survivor support initiatives, per the fact sheet.

State of play: In April, the Department of Interior created a new unit to support investigations into missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.

  • Approximately 1,500 American Indian and Alaska Native missing person cases have been reported to the National Crime Information Center, and about 2,700 cases of murder and nonnegligent homicide offenses have been reported to the federal government, according to the Interior Department.
  • Yes, but: Data collection limitations mean the number of murdered and missing Indigenous people is likely much higher, Indigenous groups and advocates say.

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Senate confirms Charles Sams III as first Native American to head National Park Service

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The Senate this week voted to unanimously confirm Charles Sams III as director of the National Park Service, making him the first Native American to head the agency.

State of play: Sams is the first director to be confirmed by the Senate in five years, AP reports. Jonathan Jarvis, who was confirmed under the Obama administration, left the position in 2017 and, since then, the agency has been led by acting directors.

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The potential GOAT of chess faces intriguing challenger

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title.

Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.

Department of Interior proposes raising cost of drilling on public lands

A horizontal drilling rig and a pump jack sit on federal land in Lea County, New Mexico. Photo: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Oil and gas companies should pay more to drill on federal lands and waters, the Department of the Interior argued in a report released Friday, saying that the current rates were "outdated."

Driving the news: The Department of Interior report said that the federal government's oil and gas leasing and permitting program "fails to provide a fair return to taxpayers, even before factoring in the resulting climate-related costs that must be borne by taxpayers."