Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
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).
Interior Announces Next Cooperative Agreements Under Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations
The Secretary announced cooperative agreements with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. Photo:Tami A. Heilemann
“Our tribal government has long been a leader in restoring our native home lands. This opportunity continues the vision of our elders and past leaders,” said Chairman Trahan. Photo:Tami A. Heilemann
“This is another important step in carrying out a vital program to strengthen tribal sovereignty by supporting the beneficial consolidation of tribal lands,” said Assistant Secretary Washburn, as Secretary Jewell and Chairman Trahan signed the agreements. Photo:Tami A. Heilemann
Secretary Jewell, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, Chairman Trahan of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Solicitor Tompkins, and other officials gathered for a group picture after the signing. Photo:Tami A. Heilemann
As part of President Obama's commitment to help strengthen Native American communities, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced cooperative agreements with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, both located in Montana, for continued collaborative implementation of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) on their reservations. The Buy-Back Program will purchase trust or restricted interests from willing sellers and transfer those interests to the tribes in order to unlock lands for tribal development and other priorities.