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.
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.