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).
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska, District of Columbia, Blog Post
Jannelle Trowbridge, Arctic Youth Ambassador
I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and moved around a lot with my family, led by my first mentors: my parents. My parents worked hard to pursue their ambitions. In the summer of 2008, I was 10 years old when my family of four moved onto our 30-foot wooden sailboat, bound for an uncertain future.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, Policy Management and Budget, America's Great Outdoors, Blog Post
Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes, Acting Director of the Bureau of Indian Education
Developed through extensive consultation with tribal leaders our Blueprint for Reform is enabling the BIE to work with tribal communities to improve educational opportunities and outcomes by more effectively supporting tribal educators who best understand the unique needs of their communities.
North Dakota, South Dakota, Office of the Secretary, Native Americans, Press Release
The three Departments previously announced on September 9 the intention to hold these consultation sessions after important issues were raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members regarding the Dakota Access pipeline specifically, and infrastructure-related decision-making more generally.
Hawaii, Office of the Secretary, Diversity, History, Press Release
The final rule builds on more than 150 Federal statutes that Congress enacted over the last century to recognize and implement the special political and trust relationship between the United States and the Native Hawaiian community.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary, Media Advisory
The White House Tribal Nations Conference convenes leaders from the 567 federally recognized tribes to interact directly with high-level federal government officials and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs.
National Park Service, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Diversity, Blog Post
Michael Connor, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
Since 2006, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and National Park Service have partnered to welcome thousands of new citizens in parks around the country and celebrate their new status in our country’s beautiful landmarks.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Colorado, Press Release
The roundtable provided representatives from the federal family, ranchers, industry, conservation community and the states an opportunity to discuss continued success of ongoing efforts, challenges, and next steps as they work together to implement the landscape-scale, science-based, collaborative habitat conservation plans.
Bureau of Land Management, California, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Press Release
The proposed legislative expansion would protect 6,200 additional acres and build on the 2014 expansion, which provided the first shoreline access to the monument. This addition would provide access for millions of Americans to breathtaking panoramic views of the coast, sightings of humpback whales and elephant seals from the shore, and cultural sites with a rich history going back hundreds of years.