Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
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.
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.