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.
Project to Revise Tribal Shares for the Appraisal Services Program
OST has completed a project* to revise how funding shares are calculated and allocated to tribes who are performing, or are interested in performing, the appraisal program pursuant to Public Law 93-638, the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, as amended [25 U.S.C. §450j-1(a)].
On December 6, 2011, the OAS Director, with concurrence of the Principal Deputy Special Trustee, approved the implementation of the new appraisal tribal shares formula. Information about the new tribal shares was communicated to tribes and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Additional funding to tribes that contract the appraisal program is provided when workloads justify an increase.
The tribal shares that were calculated in 1995 had not changed nor had they been recalculated in step with increased regional appraisal budgets. Revised formulas ensure uniformity and transparency in determining: 1) tribal shares and 2) funding residual for inherent federal functions.
OST will determine the next course of action relative to the project and post results here. If you have questions, please contact the Director of OAS at email@example.com or