A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Deputy Secretary Hayes to Keynote National Congress of American Indians Conference in Lincoln
LINCOLN, NE — On Monday, June 18, 2012, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes will deliver keynote remarks at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Mid-Year Conference in Lincoln. In his remarks, Hayes will highlight progress being made by the Obama Administration to restore integrity in U.S. government relations with American Indian and Alaska Native leaders, as well as point to current and future efforts underway to help build stronger, safer and more prosperous tribal communities.
Following his remarks, Deputy Secretary Hayes will be joined by Interior's Acting Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Del Laverdure for a question and answer session. On Tuesday, June 19, Interior's Solicitor Hilary C. Tompkins will also address the conference.
David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Acting Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Del Laverdure
Interior Solicitor Hilary C. Tompkins
National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference
Monday, June 18, 2012 @ 9:45 AM CDT
Cornhusker Hotel (Marriott)
333 S 13th St.
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Credentialed news media are invited to cover the event.