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).
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