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.
It is the goal of the Service to include federally-recognized Tribes in its decision-making process, from initiation to completion, for actions that may affect those Tribes or their membership. Consultation, as outlined herein, leads to information exchange, mutual understanding, and informed decision-making. To achieve this goal, and to the extent practicable and permissible by law, it is essential that the Service and Tribes engage in open, continuous, and meaningful communication throughout the relationship.
Federal tribal policy and federal-tribal relations are topics deeply rooted in the history of the political relationship between the United States and Tribes. As such, they touch upon and are influenced by the Constitution, treaties, statutes, executive orders, court decisions, and administrative actions.