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Statement of Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther P. Kia'aina on the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Guam

Washington, D.C. (July 21, 2014) – The Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Esther P. Kia‘aina issued the following statement commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Guam: “As we commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Guam, another year has passed in which we remember and honor the bravery and sacrifice of those American forces who landed on Guam’s shores to restore freedom to the people of Guam and the lives lost in that quest.

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President's FY 2015 Budget Requests $678.1 Million to Encourage Economic Activity in U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2014) – President Obama has proposed a fiscal year 2015 budget of $678.1 million for the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA), which works to empower U.S.-affiliated insular communities by encouraging economic activity, building governmental capacity, improving quality of life, and promoting good governance. The budget request includes $92.2 million in annual appropriations and $585.9 million in permanent and indefinite appropriations for fiscal payments mandated by law to U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States.

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Secretary Jewell Discusses Administration's Work to Strengthen Insular Areas' Economies and Communities at Annual Interagency Group Meeting

Secretary Jewell Discusses Administration's Work to Strengthen Insular Areas' Economies and Communities at Annual Interagency Group Meeting

Washington, D.C. (February 25, 2014) – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined Governors and Congressional representatives from each of the U.S. Insular Areas at the annual meeting of the Interagency Group on Insular Affairs (IGIA), hosted by the Department of the Interior to discuss how the Obama Administration can support Insular Area governments' efforts to grow their economies, create jobs, increase skills training and improve education.

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