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  1. May Dedicated to Honoring Contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans

  2. FTC Offers Tips for Preventing Child Identity Theft

  3. State Police Offer Exciting Camps for Youths Interested in Law Enforcement

DNR: Outdoor Recreation Guide

DNR Recreation Guide is One-Stop Shop for Summer Fun

Are you ready to enjoy the great outdoors? Well, look no further than Indiana’s State Parks, Historic Sites, Recreation Areas, Lakes, Forests, and Fish & Wildlife Areas.  The 2013 Indiana Outdoor Recreation Guide is your one-stop resource for information to help you plan your visit.  This guide is divided by northern, central, and southern regions of the state and identifies the facilities available at each location.  Opportunities abound for camping, swimming, hiking, boating, and fishing.  A special events calendar is included. 

For those who enjoy fishing, check out the 2013-2014 Indiana Fishing Regulation Guide for everything you need to know to fish legally and safely statewide.

Don’t miss out on the upcoming 2013 Free Fishing Days (May 18, and June 1-2), when all Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish Indiana’s public waters.

For more information about this program, visit the DNR’s Free Fishing Days website.


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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!  This is a month of celebration of Asian and Pacific Island culture in the United States.  Asian-Pacific includes all of the Asian continent and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia. 

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month was created in 1978 when Congress passed Public Law 95-419.  This law helped to direct President Carter to issue a proclamation designating Asian/Pacific Heritage Week, beginning May 4, 1978.  Over the next decade, Presidents Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush continued annually to issue proclamations designating a week in May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.  In 1990, Congress passed Public Law 101-283 which requested the President to issue a proclamation which expanded Asian/Pacific American Heritage from a week to a month in May 1990.  The law called on the people of the United States to observe Asian/Pacific Heritage Month with “appropriate ceremonies, programs and activities.”   President George H.W. Bush issued Presidential Proclamation 6130 on May 7, 1990 designating May 1990 as the first “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.” 

To learn more about Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, check out the resources from the Library of Congress website.   Asian and Pacific Islanders have made many notable contributions and have helped to enrich America’s history and culture.  

FTC Offers Tips for Preventing Child Identity Theft

FTC: Child Identity TheftIdentity theft is a commonly discussed topic for adults, and most know they can monitor their credit reports and receive fraud warnings when someone is attempting to use one of their accounts.

However, child identity theft is something most people don’t think about, but it can happen to anyone just as easily. Because parents and guardians don’t have open credit reports for their children, they don’t expect to need to check on any possible fraud.

Identity thieves can use a child’s identity to get a job, obtain government benefits, medical care and other financial loans.

How to Prevent It
You can help prevent child identity theft by safely storing all documents with your child’s personal information. This includes their date of birth, Social Security number and birth certificate.

Only share their personal information with people you trust, and when entering it online, make sure you are using a secure internet connection. Also check with your child’s school to see who has access to their personal information. Openly discuss with your child the importance of keeping personal information safe.

Properly dispose of all materials that contain your child’s personal information. Shred letters, forms and other papers that include this information. You should also permanently delete this information off any electronic devices before getting rid of them. Treat the safety of their personal information just as you would your own.

Learn more about child identity theft and how to spot it.

This information is brought to you by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) via the USA.gov blog.

State Police Offer Exciting Camps for Youths Interested in Law Enforcement

State Police Youth CampsFor over 40 years the Indiana State Police have been giving young people an up close look at law enforcement through its youth camps program.

This week the Indiana State Police announced the dates and registration information for the three-day Respect for Law Camp. The camp is an exciting look at law enforcement for students entering 5th and 6th grades. Troopers and other police officers staff the co-ed camps and programs include spectacular demonstrations by Emergency Response Teams, Bomb Squads, Underwater Search and Rescue Teams and police dogs. Campers participate in recreational activities, make new friends and go home with a new respect for themselves and others.

Respect for Law Camp costs $125 and will be held at: University of Southern Indiana (June 13th-15th ), Hanover College (June 20th-22nd) Vincennes University (June 6th-8th), Anderson University (July 11th-13th), and Notre Dame University (June 27th-29th ).

Lions Law Camp gives students entering the 7th and 8th grades a behind the scenes look at the criminal justice system. The four-day co-ed camp offers a more advanced look at law enforcement through field trips, exciting demonstrations and motivating programs. Campers meet peers from around the state, participate in recreational activities and leave with a greater understanding of the police field. Law Camp costs $140 and will be held at Vincennes University (June 12th -15th ) and Anderson University (July 10th-13th ).

Similar to the Indiana State Police Academy, Career Camp gives high school students an in-depth look at law enforcement. Campers conduct their own crime scene investigations, hear from defense attorneys, judges, and other experts in the criminal justice field and watch exciting police demonstrations during the weeklong camps.

Career Camp, which is co-ed, allows students to make friends from around the state, participate in recreational activities and experience what the police academy is like. The camp will be held at: Vincennes University (July 7th -12th) and Trine University in Angola (July 14th-19th). The camps costs $225.

Scholarships are available to all camps. The camps are made possible through the support of the Indiana District Optimists, Indiana Troopers Youth Services, Jaycees, Lions Clubs of Indiana and many generous sponsors around the state. For more information about Indiana State Police Youth Services Camps, please call 888.477.9688 or visit www.in.gov/isp/2329.htm or the Indiana Troopers Youth Services website.

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