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.
The Probate Hearings Division serves as the Department's administrative trial court for Indian probate cases. Through formal hearings conducted by administrative law judges and Indian probate judges, and informal proceedings conducted by attorney decision makers, the Division determines the rightful heirs and beneficiaries of decedents who owned property held in trust by the United States on their behalf. The Division determines the validity of wills, decides what claims against the estate will be allowed, and orders distribution of the trust property to those entitled to receive it.
The Division is headed by a Chief Administrative Law Judge located in OHA's Albuquerque office. Its other judges and attorney decision makers are located in seven field offices throughout the West. Its decisions may be appealed to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals.
Probate Hearings Division Office of Hearings and Appeals U.S. Department of the Interior BIA Building II 1011 Indian School Rd. NW, Room 322 Albuquerque, NM 87104
Earl J. Waits, Chief Administrative Law Judge Robert S. Chester, Administrative Law Judge Larry M. Donovan, Administrative Law Judge Richard D. Hines, Administrative Law Judge James L. Yellowtail, Administrative Law Judge Albert C. Jones, Indian Probate Judge John R. Payne, Supervisory Indian Probate Judge Thomas K. Pfister, Acting Supervisory Indian Probate Judge Mary P Thorstenson, Indian Probate Judge Janet A. Yazzie, Indian Probate Judge Janette C. Elliott, Attorney Decision Maker Leah H. Ware, Attorney Decision Maker Christine Kelly, Supervisory Paralegal Specialist