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.
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).
Office of Insular Affairs – Headquarters U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240 Office of the Asst. Secretary (202) 208-4709 Office of the Director (202) 208-4736 Policy Division (202) 208-6816 Budget Division (202) 208-6971 Technical Assistance Division (202) 208-4707
Tanya Harris Joshua – Deputy Policy Director – Communications, FAS
Krystina Borja – American Samoa, Guam
Karen Koltes – Coral Reef
Joseph McDermott – FAS
Stephen Sander – Legislative & Congressional
Francisco Taitano – Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Rebecca Zepeda – U.S. Virgin Islands
Keith Augenbaugh - CIP and Compact Impact for Guam and the CNMI
Mark Brown – Compact Impact, CIP, Water and Wastewater grants in American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Energy, Empowering Insular Areas
Jonathan Dunn – Budget
Sylvia Holton – Administrative Officer
Wali Osman – Economist
Annette Stewart – Grant Obligations and Payments, Budget
Marina Tinitali – Audits and Accountability
Technical Assistance Team
Mary Baltimore - Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Grants Manager
Jennifer Feng - Republic of the Marshall Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, and General TAP Grants, Maintenance Assistance Grants Manager
Hailey McCoy - American Samoa, Guam, and Palau TAP Grants Manager, Brown Tree Snake Grants
Merriam Porter - Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands & Federated States of Micronesia TAP Grants Manager, TAP Reimbursable Agreements, Graduate School Contract
Honolulu Field Office Team
Stephen Savage - Field Office Manager-Infrastructure, Compact Grants
Ryan Edgar - Education Sector Grants Manager/SEG
Kara Miller - Education Sector Grants Manager/SEG
Lisa Dammar - Health Sector Grants Manager
OIA Honolulu Office 1132 Bishop Street, Suite 2104 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Phone (808) 525-5088
OIA Field Representatives
American Samoa - Lydia Faleafine-Nomura - (684) 633-2800
Federated States of Micronesia - Cheryl Burkindine - (691) 320-2187
Northern Mariana Islands - Harry Blanco - (202) 731-4098