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's Office of Trust Records (OTR) was established in 1999 to develop and implement a program for the economical and efficient management of trust records in compliance with the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-412) and the Federal Records Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 31 Records Management by Federal Agencies). The OTR records management program was developed, implemented, and continues to evolve to ensure that Indian records are maintained, records retention schedules are consistent with program needs, and records are safeguarded throughout their life-cycles.
The Director of OTR, also referred to as the Records Officer, reports to the Deputy Special Trustee for Program Management and is responsible for management of OST and Indian Affairs records programs, consistent with requirements set forth in the Federal Records Act. OTR provides records management services to OST and Indian Affairs. Indian Affairs is comprised of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs (AS-IA), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and the Office of Justice Services (OJS). OTR also provides services to other Department of the Interior bureaus and offices that create Indian trust records: the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA), the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), the National Business Center (NBC), and the Office of the Solicitor (SOL).
There are two OTR divisions: Division of Records Management Policies, Procedures, and Training (DRMPPT) and the Division of Records Management Operations (DRMO).
Pictured left to right: Yolanda Montoya (Program Analyst), Michelle Tenorio (DRMPPT Division Chief), Karen Foster (OTR Director), Benedict David (Northern and Southern Field Staff Supervisor)