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 nine-member Advisory Board was created through the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 to provide advice to the Special Trustee on all matters within the jurisdiction of OST. Those appointed to the board reflect a diverse membership, as directed by statute. They represent tribal account holders, individual Indian money account holders, private trust management, and investment expertise.
Special Trustee Advisory Board Members 2015
Patricia D. Gerard brings four decades of professional experience working in the Native American field including over twenty years of experience on Indian financial trust management. Ms. Gerard’s trust management experience comes from the number of senior level roles she has held in the Office of Special Trustee for American Indians including, Deputy Director for Office of External Affairs, working as a tribal account manager, and branch chief in the OST Division of Quality Assurance. She retired from federal service in May 2014. Pat is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana.
Leonard Greenhalgh, PhD, is a professor of management, director of Native American Business Programs at the Tuck School of Business Dartmouth College. His areas of expertise include strategy and strategy implementation; entrepreneurial business; negotiation and strategic alliance formation; economic impact of globalization and changing demographics; and Native American tribally- and entrepreneurially-owned business. He has worked with Native American businesses in Oklahoma, North and South Dakota, Alaska, New Mexico, California, Florida, Arizona, Louisiana, Maine, Washington, Mississippi, New York, Minnesota, Alabama, and Montana.
David Kimelberg is the founding Chief Executive Officers of Seneca Holdings the private equity investment and operating firm owned by the Seneca Nation of Indians, charged with diversifying the Seneca Nation’s business holdings. He serves as chairman of seven boards related to telecommunications, technology, and real estate. He is an enrolled member (Bear clan) of the Seneca Nation.
Henrietta Mann, PhD, has recently retired as the founding President of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College located at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Dr. Mann has an extensive and distinguished career in intergovernmental affairs and Native American Studies and is Professor Emerita in Native American Studies, Montana State University. She has over 20 publications and has served on numerous advisory boards and councils related to American Indian affairs. Henrietta is enrolled with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.
Terry Mason Moore is an attorney and tribal judge with expertise in Class III and II gaming, taxation, internal controls, and compliance as well as commercial transactions, economic development, financing and contracts. She has nearly 30 years of professional experience in legal, financial, and management issues. Most recently she served as Assistant Principal Chief of the Osage Nation in 2014. Terry Mason Moore is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma.
Tyler B. Pearson is with the Realty Management Division of Goldman Sachs, in Dallas, TX. He was previously an equity research associate at Stephens Incorporated in Nashville Tennessee. A recent law school graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Pearson has expertise in equity research and analysis. Tyler B. Pearson is a member of the Cherokee Nation.
Eldon Shiffman currently serves as the treasurer and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. He has over thirty years of experience as a fiduciary, investment management, and real estate.
Starlyn R. Tourtillott works as Senior Counsel for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, Band of Mohican Indians. She has special expertise in fee to trust processing, Tribal code development, taxation and economic issues. She is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar Association, Indian Law Section, and has served as a past Board Member of the National Tribal Land Association. Starlyn Tourtillott is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana and a direct descendant of Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and Stockbridge-Munsee, Band of Mohican Indians.
Leilani Wilson Walkush is a senior consultant with Breakwater Investment Group in Everett Washington where she provides independent investment consulting to Native American communities. She is a fiduciary advisor working with Tribal retirement and trust accounts, and has a focus on financial literacy. Ms. Walkush is an enrolled member of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska and is a member of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (Canada).