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.
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Cultures and Groups A huge alphabetical list of cultural/ethnic groups from around the world, with more than 2,300 links in all, supported by Yahoo. Includes Kung San, Acadian, Ainu, Albanian, ... Turkmen, Tuva, Ugandan, etc.
Hyphenated-Americans Lists of links for many groups from Arab-Americans to Welsh-Americans, supported by Yahoo.
Federal Web Sites Links to all the Departments and most of the agencies, maintained by the Washington Post.
FedAmerica offers free handbooks (CSRS and FERS retirement guides, FEHB health benefits, pay manuals, career transition handbooks, etc.) and other information for Federal careers.
Government Information Xchange, provided by the Center for Emerging Technologies in the General Services Administration, provides agency listings and phone directories, product recalls and other consumer information, lists of grants and loans, government publications, trademark information, purchase of forfeited and surplus property, Social Security, Medicare, tax information, and a great deal of other government information.
EEO Services. Industry experts under GSA contract to provide services in EEO training and consulting, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), investigations and counseling, settlement agreements, and more.
Where are they? Maps of racial concentration by county, from the U. S. Census Bureau American Fact Finder. Select "Quick Thematic Maps", the geography of interest, the "theme" of "percent of persons" for the group of interest, then create the map.
Hate Crimes in America, sites dealing with crimes against race, religion, and sexual orientation, supported by Yahoo.
The HIV Info Web, an on-line library containing HIV and AIDS-related information, organized in 30 topic areas, maintained by Health Information systems of JRI Health.
Holidays and Observances An extensive list of observances, maintained by Yahoo. The place to check if your are not sure about the Day of the Dead or the Festival of Bharat.
Scholar search is a financial aid search database from the Department of Energy and TIYM Publishing Co., Inc. It lists hundreds of thousands of scholarships, grants, internships, and fellowships, organized by level of study (pre-college to post doctoral), disability, minority status, religion, and specific colleges. It will assist you in getting applications, notify you when new scholarships become available which meet your profile, and allow you to check back.
Diversity in the National Park Service
Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, maintained by MIT, is a data base of about 20 related topic areas.
Diversity Database, supported by the University of Maryland, provides definitions, lists of resources by topic area, a news bureau, and a search capability.
Patrin is a learning resource and information center about Romani (Gypsy) culture, social issues, and current events.
The Training Technology Resource Center (TTRC), created by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, provides a search capability for a rich data base of training resources and issues.