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 Director of OTR is also the Records Officer (RO) for OST and Indian Affairs. The RO serves as the agency's senior technical expert on the agencies' electronic, paper, and all other records, and addresses records management issues.
Under the direction of the RO, the efficient management of administrative, program, and trust records is accomplished 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 RO is responsible for leading, planning, and managing the agency's records management program. Some functions required of the RO include:
Managing the creation, maintenance, receipt, delivery, custody and control, processing, inventory, database management, and maintenance of Indian records and their accession and disposition, transfer, storage, security, and safety to ensure document preservation
Implementing the design, installation, training, implementation, and maintenance of an automated records management system that support overall records management and litigation support program requirements
Planning, controlling, directing, organizing, training, promoting, and performing other managerial activities for a comprehensive records management program for Indian Affairs and OST
Developing and managing the fiduciary trust records management program in concert with other Department of the Interior (DOI) bureaus and offices
Coordinating records management activities with other agencies such as the National Archives and Records Administration, the Department of Justice, and the Office of Management and Budget