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.
OST is seeking current addresses for Individual Indian Money (IIM) account holders. All Whereabouts Unknown (WAU) accounts have either interests in lands and/or funds to be disbursed to rightful owners. Check the following lists for the CHEROKEE TRIBE, MIAMI AGENCY TRIBES, or the overall listing for other tribes:
If you find your name on the following WAU (Whereabouts Unknown) CHEROKEE NATION listing, please contact Jolinda Ballou (IIM Coordinator), for further information and instructions.
If you find your name on the following WAU (Whereabouts Unknown) MIAMI AGENCY listing, please contact either Eleanor Butler, Accounting Technician, or Deborah Jackson, Accounts Maintenance Technician, for further information and instructions. The MIAMI AGENCY includes the following tribes:
If you would like to search the entire database for names of other tribes, please click on the following link. If you find your name, please contact our field office at (918) 453-5714 or the OST Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 1-888-678-6836 for further information and instructions.