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.
Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform to Hold Public Webinar Meeting on Nov. 7
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform will hold a public webinar meeting on Nov. 7, 2012. The objectives of the meeting are to:
Attend to Commission operations as needed, Report on outreach activities,
Review and discuss revised draft documents to-date,
Take public comments on the drafts, and
Review and discuss the agenda for the Commission's Dec. 6-7, 2012, meeting and related youth outreach session.
Attendance is open to the public, but limited space is available. Members of the public who wish to attend must RSVP by Nov. 6, 2012, by registering at the following web address: . Instructions for joining the webinar will behttps://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/384347209 emailed after registration occurs. A notice of this meeting was published in the Federal Register on Oct. 22, 2012.
The Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform was established by Secretary Salazar in 2011 to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the Department's management and administration of nearly $4 billion in American Indian trust assets over two years and to offer recommendations on improvements in the future. Building on progress made with the historic Cobell Settlement, the Commission will help to establish a new era of trust administration: one that stresses responsive, accountable, transparent, and customer-friendly management of these substantial funds and assets.
DOI Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform Members:
Fawn Sharp (Quinault), Chair
Tex G. Hall (Three Affiliated Tribes), Member
Stacy Leeds (Cherokee Nation), Member
Dr. Peterson Zah (Navajo Nation), Member
Robert Anderson (Minnesota Chippewa Tribe-Boise Forte Band), Member
Lizzie Marsters, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary and Designated Federal Officer for the Commission
Public webinar meeting of the DOI Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST RSVP must be by Nov. 6, 2012. Register at the following web address: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/384347209. Instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed after registration occurs.