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.
Dynamic Information Access for Tribes via StrataWeb
Tribes may access their Trust Fund Accounting System (TFAS) accounts via StrataWeb, an Internet based product. StrataWeb provides broad online access to tribal investment officials. Authorized tribal staff have this same option regarding their trust accounts. Tribal review of StrataWeb statements can eliminate the use of physical statements, allow "instant" access, and facilitate participation in the management of trust accounts.
StrataWeb gives tribal users the power to:
eliminate printing and filing paper statements
access information at any hour from multiple locations
perform analysis after exporting data to Microsofl Excel
Data available through StrataWeb is more current than mailed statements. Cetain data queries and views can be customized for the tribe's use. Multiple accounts can be researched in the same session.