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Under the watchful eyes of Chief Charlo, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell spoke to members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes about the Native American Land Buy-Back Program in August in Pablo.

MICHAEL GALLACHER/Missoulian

PHOENIX – Tribes can begin entering into agreements with the National Park Service to allow their members to pick plants on protected land under a new federal rule.

The rule announced in June by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell went into effect Thursday.

Under the rule, tribes must have a culturally significant tie to the land that makes up a national park in order for its members to harvest foliage that grows there. And Native Americans or Alaskan Natives must use the plants for traditional reasons, such as using a root for medicinal purposes, or branches or bark to make a basket.

Th rule will apply to Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, as well as the 56 others. Many cover vast expanses within proximity to some of the nation's largest Indian reservations.

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