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.
Secretary Jewell to Discuss White House Council on Native American Affairs
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, June 27, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will hold a news media conference call with reporters to discuss President Obama's establishment of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. Members of the media may participate in the call by dialing 1-888-810-6756 and providing the access code INTERIOR.
The press call will immediately follow Secretary Jewell's remarks at the closing session of the National Congress of American Indians Mid Year Conference in Reno, Nevada. Secretary Jewell will discuss Interior's ongoing work to uphold President Obama's commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Tribal Nations.
Established in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest and largest association of tribal governments in the United States. Secretary's Jewell's remarks will begin at 9:30 am Pacific Time in the Grand Ballroom at the Atlantis Casino Resort.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at Interior
Jodi Gillette, Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs, White House Domestic Policy Council
News Media Teleconference Call
Thursday, June 27, 2013, 1:30 Eastern Time // 10:30 am Pacific Time
Members of the media may join the teleconference by dialing 1-888-810-6756 and providing the access code INTERIOR.