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 and Minister Strahl Sign Agreement to Improve Quality of Life for Indigenous Peoples in the U.S. and Canada
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the signing of a historic Memorandum of Understanding with his Canadian counterpart, the Honorable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, to improve the quality of life of Indigenous peoples in each country through increased cooperation and information-sharing.
“I am honored to join my colleagues in Canada to sign this historic agreement today,” said Secretary Salazar. “Our strengthened collaboration will help to improve the quality of life for American Indians and Alaska Natives and Indigenous people throughout the United States and Canada.”
“Both Canada and the U.S. have a shared history when it comes to Aboriginal and northern issues,” said Minister Strahl, “and we have a lot to learn from each other. Sharing our common experiences and learning from the best practices in each of our countries can only strengthen our relationships with Aboriginal communities.”
The MOU is designed to establish a framework and joint action plan for future co-operative activities between INAC and the Department of the Interior. The MOU recognizes the great diversity of Indigenous peoples in each country including, their different languages, political structures, customs and beliefs, as well as the physical locations of their communities from urban, rural and remote settings.
The Obama administration is committed to improving education, economic development, law enforcement and consultation with tribal nations. Many of the Administration's priorities correspond directly with similar priorities identified by the Government of Canada.