Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
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.
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.