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).
The American Indian Records Repository (AIRR) is under the directorship of the Records Officer and the Deputy Special Trustee of Program Management. AIRR staff and staff from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) are working together to preserve Indian Affairs records. AIRR is a product of a partnership between NARA and the Department of the Interior. It is the first such partnership in history.
AIRR provides authorized researchers, federal employees who are conducting the historical trust accounting, tribes, and contractors secure access to inactive records for research. Records are stored in strict compliance with NARA standards.
With its close proximity to Haskell Indian Nations University, OTR employees at AIRR teach courses on records management.
Pictured left to right AIRR Management Team: Joseph Gray (Indexing Supervisor), Novella Hunt (Program Support Staff Supervisor), Kathy Tapp (DRMO Division Chief), Kevin Starks, Jr. (Research Supervisor), Melissa Harjo (Inventory Control Supervisor)