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The ruins of a great house built by Ancestral Puebloans in Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Photo: Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden Monday proposed a 20-year federal oil and gas leasing ban on lands near Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, a site considered sacred and ancestral to members of Pueblo and other Native American tribes.

Why it matters: For years, tribes have requested a drilling moratorium for lands around the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and preserves one of the most important pre-Columbian cultural and historical areas in the U.S.

  • The move comes after activists have criticized the Biden administration for not acting more aggressively to reverse rollbacks of protections for national monuments that occurred during the Trump administration.

The big picture: Biden unveiled the proposed leasing ban at the start of the White House Tribal Nations Summit — a two-day event in which leaders from more than 570 tribes are expected to participate.

  • The announcement directs the the Bureau of Land Management to begin consideration of a 20-year withdrawal of federal lands within a 10-mile radius around Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
  • Land within the park, which is located in the high desert of northwest New Mexico, served as the center of the Chacoan culture for a roughly 400 years.

What they're saying: "Chaco Canyon is a sacred place that holds deep meaning for the Indigenous peoples whose ancestors lived, worked, and thrived in that high desert community," Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American cabinet secretary, said in a statement.

  • "Now is the time to consider more enduring protections for the living landscape that is Chaco, so that we can pass on this rich cultural legacy to future generations," Haaland added.
  • Haaland, a former New Mexico representative, is a member of the Laguna Pueblo.

"These efforts, to use the word my dad would use so much, is a matter of dignity," Biden said during an announcement Monday. "That's the foundation of our nation to nation partnership."

Of note: This year's summit marks the first time since 2016 that the White House hosted the event.

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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.

Jack Dorsey stepping down as Twitter CEO

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Jack Dorsey is stepping down as CEO of Twitter, the company announced Monday. He will be succeeded by CTO Parag Agrawal, effective immediately.

The big picture: Dorsey is also the CEO of financial payments company Square, which he co-founded in 2009, and has become a crypto evangelist in recent years.

Tracking the pandemic's unequal impact

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Data: Morning Consult/Axios; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The pandemic was bound to hit the most economically vulnerable among us the hardest. New polling data from Morning Consult, out this morning, shows the degree to which those difficulties were more concentrated among people of color.

Catch up quick: The Morning Consult/Axios Inequality Index has tracked the economic experience of adults in three wage groups since May 2020. We began publishing the findings in May of this year, and six months in, we’re slicing the data a little differently — and looking at inequality between ethnicities.