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.
FROM: E. Melodee Stith, Director, Office for Equal Opportunity
SUBJECT: Executive Order 13160 Guidance Document - - Ensuring Equal Opportunity in Federally Conducted
Education and Training Programs
Please find attached the subject Guidance Document that was issued by the Department of Justice on January 18, 2001. This Guidance was issued pursuant to the requirements of Executive Order 13160. The Executive Order prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, and status as a parent in Federally conducted education and training programs. This Equal Opportunity Directive also reiterates the Department of the Interior's (DOI) policy and commitment to providing educational environments that are entirely free from discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, and status as a parent.
General Policy. It is Interior's policy that no individual shall be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in a Federally conducted education or training program or activity conducted, operated, or undertaken by any DOI bureau of office, on the basis of race, sex, color national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, and status as a parent.
Summary. Among the topics addressed in the policy Guidance Document is the scope of covered programs, applicable legal principles, examples of discriminatory conduct, enforcement or complaints processing procedures, remedies, and reporting requirements.
Effective Date of Guidance Document. January 18, 2001.
Complaint Processing Procedures. The Executive Order covers all people involved in DOI federally conducted education or training programs. Effective immediately, all DOI bureaus and offices are directed to establish procedures for processing complaints under the authority of Executive Order 13160. In order to comply with the requirements of the Executive Order, all bureau and office procedures for receiving and addressing complaints must be in place by April 18, 2001. In addition, all DOI bureaus and offices are directed to take immediate steps toward establishing an outreach program to proclaim the Executive Order's nondiscrimination policy in terms of their federally conducted education or training programs including the procedures for filing covered complaints.
To ensure Department-wide compliance with the requirements of the Executive Order, within 60 days of the date of this Directive, we request that each bureau or office report to the Departmental Office for Equal Opportunity on the outreach steps that have been taken to inform all education and training components within the bureau's or office's jurisdiction, including beneficiaries, of DOI's nondiscrimination policy and enforcement procedures under the Executive Order.
ATTACHMENT - Call 202-208-6647
INQUIRIES: Melvin C. Fowler, Civil Rights Staff Assistant, Departmental Office for Equal Opportunity, (202) 208-3455