Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
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).
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, Alaska, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
Interior announces this quarter's transfer of nearly $500,000 to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance through scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students wishing to pursue post-secondary and graduate education and training.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Media Advisory
Last year, President Obama signed the “Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act” into law. The act renamed the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in honor of Billy Frank Jr., who worked to protect Native American traditional ways of life and endangered salmon. Billy Frank Jr. founded the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and served as its Chairman for over 30 years.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Utah, Press Release
Southeastern Utah is a land of spectacular natural beauty, important historical resources and areas of significance to local tribes for traditional cultural practices. The area also contains thousands of currently unprotected cultural and archaeological sites, including well-preserved cliff dwellings and rock art.
Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Conservation, Press Release
The Departments of Interior, Agriculture and Defense joined with state and federal partners today to announce the designation of three new Sentinel Landscapes to benefit working lands, wildlife conservation and military readiness.
National Park Service, Arizona, California, Colorado, Blog Post
Many of the 412 locations in the National Park System include historic buildings that tell fascinating stories of the people who built them and how they were used. Check out this blog to see stunning examples of important architecture in national parks and find a site near you!