A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
With an emphasis on budgeting, investing, and planning for the future, financial education empowers Indian trust beneficiaries to grow and sustain personal wealth.
Financial education is an important initiative. OST is consolidating its financial education programs into one holistic platform. This important initiative is being led by a Director of Financial Education. The latest news about OST's financial education platform is available here.
OST field offices list local financial education events on their web pages (see Upcoming Events on each field office page). To find an OST field office near you, click here.
OST is partnering with other agencies and oversight bodies involved in consumer financial literacy for the benefit of Native American communities. Agencies include the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the U.S. Treasury, and the Financial Literacy and Education Commission. This effort gathers the best educational material, streamlines the data that OST provides to beneficiaries, and builds coalitions so that OST serves as a financial education provider to Indian Country. It also creates a central platform for tribes seeking to empower their communities with lifetime financial knowledge to positively impacts families for generations.