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.
Deputy Secretary Hayes to Keynote National Congress of American Indians Conference in Lincoln
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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.