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 Indian Affairs Records Management Manual (IARMM) was created by the Office of Trust Records (OTR), Division of Records Management Policies, Procedures and Training, to promote the management of a nationwide records program that conforms to the legal obligations of the trust relationship between the Federal government and American Indians. OTR is part of the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST), Office of the Secretary. OTR was established under the authority of the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994, Pub. L. 103-412, (25 USC 4001 et. seq.).
The Director of OTR reports to the Deputy Special Trustee - Program Management in OST, and is responsible for managing records programs consistent with requirements set forth in 44 USC Chapter 31, for Indian Affairs (Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs, and OST). OTR also manages the Department's fiduciary trust records in concert with OST; AS-IA; BIA; Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR); Bureau of Land Management (BLM); and the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA). OTR coordinates its activities with offices and agencies such as the Office of the Solicitor (SOL), the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Department of Justice, and the Office of Management and Budget. The Director, OTR, serves as the Department's designated official responsible for authorizing access to Indian trust records at the American Indian Records Repository (AIRR).
The IARMM follows an established method of numbering according to Chapters and Sections. The format for the IARMM was established by OTR. The IARMM contains records management policies and procedures, and is being revised in its entirety. As each Section is published an issuance date will be entered to the right of the title. The IARMM is currently unavailable.