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.
Good afternoon, Chairman Young, Ranking Member Boren, and members of the Subcommittee. My name is Jodi Gillette. I am the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior (Department). Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony on behalf of the Department on H.R. 1556, a bill to amend the Omnibus Indian Advancement Act (Omnibus), Pub. L. No. 106-568 (2000).
In 2000, President Clinton signed into law the Omnibus Indian Advancement Act (Omnibus Act). Title VIII, Subtitle B, of the Omnibus Act provides that certain land in Santa Fe, New Mexico, upon which the Santa Fe Indian School is located, is to be held in trust for the benefit of the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, and requires that such land be used solely for the educational, health, or cultural purposes of the Santa Fe Indian School.
H.R. 1556 seeks to amend the Omnibus Act so that those lands taken into trust for the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico (Santa Fe Indian School Property) under the Omnibus Act can also be used for economic development projects that go toward the educational, health, or cultural purposes of the Santa Fe Indian School. The Department understands that the 19 Pueblos, for whom the property is held in trust, seek to generate revenue through the allowed land use for economic development projects, and the revenue from those projects would go toward the improvement and maintenance of the Santa Fe Indian School Property and would also go toward the educational, health and cultural purposes of the Santa Fe Indian School. The Department supports the allowed land use for economic development projects and also supports the continued effort for such projects' benefits to go toward the education, health and cultural purposes of the Santa Fe Indian School.
The Department supports H.R. 1556 and looks forward to the opportunity to work with this Subcommittee, the bill sponsor, and the 19 Pueblos in New Mexico to ensure the passage of H.R. 1556. This concludes my prepared statement. I will be happy to answer any questions the Subcommittee may have.