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).
Salazar, Washburn to Address National Congress of American Indians Convention in Sacramento
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—On Monday, October 22, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will deliver keynote remarks at the National Congress of American Indians' 69th Annual Convention & Marketplace in Sacramento. Salazar is expected to discuss the Obama Administration's progress in opening a new chapter in our nation-to-nation relationship with American Indian and Alaska Natives tribal governments.
Following his remarks, Secretary Salazar will introduce Interior's new Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Kevin K. Washburn. Washburn, a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and former Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law, was sworn into his position on October 9, 2012.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs
National Congress of American Indians' 69th Annual Convention & Marketplace