Should National Parks Be Returned to the Tribes? “Parks, as they’ve existed for 149 years, have done a decent job of preserving the past,” Treur writes. “Placing these lands under collective Native control would be good not just for Natives, but for the parks as well. Many reservations are checkerboarded: Large parcels of reservation land are scattered and separated from one another. “Transferring the parks to the tribes would protect them from partisan back-and-forth in Washington.