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 Salazar to Visit New Mexico to Mark Historic Progress in Indian Country
Will approve one of the nation's first tribal leasing rights under the HEARTH Act; will sign final Aamodt water rights settlement
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM – On Thursday, March 14, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn will visit New Mexico to participate in two historic signing ceremonies for Indian Country.
In the morning, Salazar and Washburn will join Governor Victor Montoya at the Pueblo of Sandia in Bernalillo. Salazar is expected to approve one of the first tribal leasing regulations issued pursuant to the newly enacted HEARTH Act. The Act, originally introduced by then-Representative Martin Heinrich (N.M. - 1st Dist.) in 2009, was signed into law by President Obama in July 2012. The law restores the authority of federally recognized American Indian tribes to control the leasing of their trust lands, thereby promoting self-determination and economic development.
In the afternoon, Salazar and Washburn will join leaders from the Pueblos of Tesuque, Nambe, Pojoaque, and San Ildefonso to finalize the Aamodt water rights settlement. The settlement was one of four water rights settlements included in legislation signed by President Obama in 2011 that will help deliver clean drinking water to tribes in New Mexico, Arizona and Montana. The implementation of the Aamodt settlement will provide for the construction of a regional water system to serve American Indian communities in Northern New Mexico, closing a chapter on one of the longest running water rights cases in the federal court system.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Victor Montoya, Governor, Pueblo of Sandia
HEARTH Act Regulations Signing Ceremony
Thursday, March 14, 2013 @ 10:00 a.m. (MDT)
Pueblo of Sandia Offices, Tribal Council Chambers 206 Sandia School Bernalillo, New Mexico
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Phillip Perez, Governor, Pueblo of Nambe Mark Mitchell, Governor, Pueblo of Tesuque George Rivera, Governor, Pueblo of Pojoaque Terry Aguilar, Governor, Pueblo of San Ildefonso Charles Dorame, Northern Pueblos Tributary Water Rights Kathy Holian, Chair of the Santa Fe County Commission David Coss, Mayor, City of Santa Fe
Aamodt Litigation Settlement Signing Ceremony
Thursday, March 13, 2013 @ 12:30 p.m. (MDT)
Santa Fe Indian School 1501 Cerrillos Road Santa Fe, New Mexico