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).
Secretary Jewell to Discuss White House Council on Native American Affairs
Office of the Secretary
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.