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.
Indian Arts and Crafts Board and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Release New Intellectual Property Protection Brochure
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WASHINGTON, DC — The Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB), an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, has released a new intellectual property rights protection brochure, created in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and entitled Introduction to Intellectual Property for American Indian and Alaskan Native Artists.
The brochure provides an introduction to the various intellectual property rights protections –trademarks, copyright, design patents, trade secrets - afforded to American Indian and Alaskan Native artists and artisans. Intellectual property protection is important to every business, including American Indian and Alaskan Native artists, and this brochure will help teach artists and artisans how they can protect their intellectual property, economic livelihood, and cultural heritage.
If you would like additional copies of the brochure, they can be obtained by calling the IACB toll free at 1-888-278-3253, or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The brochure can also be viewed on the IACB's website at www.iacb.doi.gov.
The IACB, a federal agency under the U.S. Department of the Interior, was established by Congress in 1935. Its dual mission is to promote authentic Native American art and craftwork of members of federally recognized Tribes, as well as to implement and enforce the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which makes it illegal to fraudulently market art and craftwork as Indian made when it is not made by an Indian as defined by the Act.
The USPTO is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce and, as its principal missions, grants patents, registers trademarks and provides advice to the Administration on the full range of intellectual property issues, including copyright and enforcement as well as patent and trademark issues. Through its Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), the USPTO provides training to U.S. small businesses on intellectual property issues, including outreach to American Indian and Alaskan Native artists in cooperation with the IACB.