Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
The Department held its 2016 Listening Session on the progress of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) in Albuquerque, NM, The purpose of the session was to continue to hear directly from tribal communities about how the Program can best be implemented across Indian Country. In addition, attendees visited different stations to ask questions and learn more about key aspects of the Program, including the appraisal and acquisition process. Landowners were able to obtain land reports and other tools to help them make informed decisions about land, including financial education and planning.
On March 19, 2015, in Laveen, AZ, the Department held a Listening Session on the progress of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). The purpose of the session was to meet with tribal leaders and landowners to receive feedback on critical issues related to the Program as well as the 2014 Status Report.
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Webinars
In October 2013, the Buy-Back Program took part in a series of NCAI-hosted webinars to explore the Program's appraisal and acquisition processes. Part One of the series examined the Buy-Back Program's Land Valuation process, covering topics such as how property value is determined on fractionated lands and how those appraisals will be conducted. Part Two focused on the Acquisition Phase of the Buy-Back Program, addressing how the Program will prepare and distribute offers to potential sellers, and what the next steps are when the offer packet arrives in the mail.