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OIA Blogs: Who are Pacific Islanders?
The Office of Management and Budget’s Directive 15 on race and ethnic standards for federal statistics and administrative reporting defines Pacific Islanders as persons having origins in any of the original peoples of the Pacific Islands.
OIA Blogs: Micronesia is a Biodiversity Hotspot – A Highlight
Trina Leberer, the Pacific Division Director at The Nature Conservancy based on Guam discusses the value of Micronesia's biodiversity, conservation efforts in the Micronesia region, among the Insular Areas, and the important interconnectivity of life and resources and resource protection for livelihoods both on land and sea.
OIA Blogs: On Language and Culture
On Pacific Island language and culture from a Pohnpeian point of view. Please use images in the attachment.
OIA Blogs: Managing Disaster Recovery Takes Coordination and Support from Friends - A Highlight
Two back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, hit the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017....and disaster recovery efforts are ongoing. Want to learn more? See the full conversation with Adrienne Williams-Octalien, Director of the USVI Office of Disaster Recovery.
OIA Blogs: Palau's Conservation and Climate Change Initiatives - A Highlight
Palau is a global leader in conservation efforts - hear more from Palau's Ambassador to the United States on these efforts and climate change impacts on Palau and the region.
OIA Blogs: RMI Ambassador to the U.S. on Challenges to the Health Sector from COVID-19 - A Highlight
RMI Ambassador Gerald Zackios speaks about the Marshall Islands, and how the health sector overcame challenges when faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. Want to learn more? Check out the full conversation with Ambassador Zackios on our Channel.
OIA Blogs: Ambassador Akillino Susaia on the Relationship Between the U.S. and the FSM - A Highlight
The FSM Ambassador to the United States Akillino Susaia talks about the ways in which the Federated States of Micronesia has a relationship that is long and enduring.
OIA Blogs: Chief of Staff to the USVI Delegate Discusses Work and Goals of the Office - A Highlight
Learn more from this Chief of Staff and her work on Capitol Hill for the USVI Delegate who is now on the exclusive Ways and Means Committee.
OIA Blogs: On Choosing Coral Reef Fellows and the Importance of Coral Reefs - A Highlight
OIA funds Coral Reef Fellows for the U.S. Territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In this important collaboration with NOAA, learn how the fellows are chosen and why coral reefs are worth protecting with Program Director Wendy Wood-Derrer.
OIA Blogs: The Brown Tree Snake and Other Invasive Species in the Marianas - A Highlight
On Guam, the invasive Brown Tree Snake has decimated bird populations and causes power outages. Dr. Earl Campbell discusses the BTS and shares observations on other invasive species in the region such as the little fire ant and the coconut rhinoceros beetle.
OIA Blogs : The Voice Local Governments Have in the Grant Awarding Process - A Highlight
The Technical Assistance Program awards and oversees grants to organizations doing work in the Insular Areas. Hear more from the Director, Ms. Charlene Leizear, as she talks about how local governments can endorse grant applications.
OIA Blogs: Coral Reef Management and Protection in the Insular Areas
The Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) has long supported the protection and management of coral reefs in the insular areas. Every year, OIA provides discretionary funding under the Coral Reef and Natural Resources Initiative. The Vaeoso sisters exemplify one aspect of that support.
OIA Blogs: Preserving Land and Ocean Resources in American Samoa for Future Generations - A Highlight
The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa is the largest in the U.S. marine sanctuary network, and they recently signed a sister agreement with Palau and Hawaii. Hear more from the Acting Superintendent, Mr. Atuatasi-Lelei Peau, as he emphasizes the importance of preserving the land and oceans for future generations.
OIA Blogs: How Did The Pandemic Impact the 2020 Census in the Territories? - a Highlight
Jennifer Kim, Assistant Division Chief for Content, Translation, Puerto Rico and Island Areas Operations at the US Census Bureau discusses how the coronavirus pandemic impacted the Census' work in the U.S. territories from office closures to new ways of gathering data.
OIA Blogs: Managing Vaccines and Disease Outbreak with U.S. Support in the Marshall Islands - a Highlight
Health Secretary Niedenthal discusses efforts to prepare for and prevent COVID-19 from entering the Marshall Islands, repatriating Marshallese stranded overseas since travel restrictions were instituted, and vaccination efforts in the atoll nation.
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