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.
Salazar Announces $1.5 Million in Grants under Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
Office of the Secretary
Last edited 7/7/2015
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced $1,483,632 in grants to assist American Indian tribes, Alaska native villages, and museums with implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Of this amount, $1,422,515 is going to 19 recipients for consultation/documentation projects, and $61,117 is going to five repatriation projects.
“Returning human beings to their descendants and cultural items to their inheritors is unequivocally the right thing to do,” Secretary Salazar said. “These grants will help to rectify an offense committed against American Indians in the past.”
“I am proud that the National Park Service plays a key role in the implementation of NAGPRA,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We take care of many places and objects that are part of our nation's cultural heritage, and we are privileged to help American Indians enjoy their right to care for their heritage.”
Enacted in 1990, NAGPRA requires museums and federal agencies to inventory and identify American Indian human remains and cultural items in their collections, and to consult with culturally affiliated tribes, Alaska native villages and corporations, and native Hawaiian organizations regarding repatriation.
This year five repatriation grants, totaling $61,117, will go to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the Gila River Indian Community, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the University of Colorado, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Repatriation grants help with costs associated with the transfer of human remains and cultural items from institutions to tribes. This year's grants will fund the repatriation of 32 individuals' remains and over 200 cultural items from museums across the country to tribes.
FY 2011 NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation Grant Recipients
Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma
California State, Sacramento
Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes
Del Norte County Historical Society
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico
Organized Village of Kasaan
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Rochester Museum & Science Center
Sitka Tribe of Alaska
SUNY, College at Oswego
Susanville Indian Rancheria
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
University of Colorado Museum, Boulder
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation
Wisconsin Historical Society
FY 2011 NAGPRA Repatriation Grant Recipients
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation