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OIA Blogs: U.S. Infrastructure Projects in Palau - a Highlight
U.S. Ambassador to Palau John Hennessey-Niland discusses vaccination efforts, high-level visits, military projects in Palau and more. All represent the U.S. commitment and partnership with the Republic of Palau.
OIA Blogs: Informing and Supporting Communities in Hawai'i with the COVID-19 Vaccine - A Highlight
Disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Pacific Islanders in Hawai'i are receiving support from We are Oceania. They help bridge the gap and inform the community about the COVID-19 vaccine.
OIA Blogs: Inspiring Youth to Study and Protect the Ocean in American Samoa - a Highlight
Motusaga and Valentine Vaeoso, have both studied as National Coral Reef Fellows and now work in American Samoa. They aspire to inspire future generations of ocean stewards in the territory.
OIA Blogs: The Rota Mayor Discusses the Threat of the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle to the CNMI - a Highlight
Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig discusses efforts to control and prevent the spread of the invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) on Rota and ultimately the rest of the Northern Mariana Islands. The CRB has destroyed 20 percent of Guam's coconut trees, and has now spread to Rota, where teams are working hard to prevent it from spreading further.
OIA Blogs: Meeting the U.S.’ Commitment to Former Trust Territory Employees – a Highlight
The Prior Service Trust Fund supports former employees of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Island. Learn more from Bruce MacMillan, Advisor and Administrator. The numbers of recipients are diminishing but it provides important support in small numbers and fulfills a long-time commitment to former island-area employees.
OIA Blogs: Highlight on Being from a Territory in Congress and the Insular Cases
Former Delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands speaks about representing a territory in the U.S. Congress and the Insular Cases. Learn more about her work in Congress and how she has represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in the full conversation!
OIA Blogs: Highlight on Outreach to Underserved Populations in Guam
We hear from the Micronesian Resource Center One Stop Shop (MRCOSS) on Guam, as they talk about the work they do to assist underserved communities in Guam. Learn more about how they support families, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
OIA Blogs: Highlight on the MEI – Saving Lives and Promoting COVID-19 Vaccines in the Marshallese Community in NWA
COVID-19 had a devastating impact on the Marshallese community in Northwest Arkansas but the dedicated teams in Springdale at the Marshallese Educational Initiative (MEI) and the Marshallese community across Northwest Arkansas rallied to help families and save lives.
OIA Blogs: Highlight on U.S. Ambassador to the FSM, Carmen Cantor, Outlining Priorities
Ambassador Cantor shares her work and priorities towards strengthening United States and Micronesia relations. Watch the full conversation on YouTube.
OIA Blogs: Highlight on Palau’s Transition from COVID-19-Free to COVID-19-Safe
Mr. Gaafar Uherbelau shares his work in the Government of Palau as they navigate from COVID-free to COVID-safe and attain herd immunity in Palau. Learn more about repatriations, the sterile corridor with Taiwan, and other health issues in Palau in the full OIA Conversation with Gaafar Uherbelau.
OIA Blogs: Highlight on #OceanMonth2021 - U.S. Coast Guard Role vis-à-vis the Ocean and Humanity
Retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain William Marhoffer talks about the Coast Guard's role in protecting humanity and the sea from one another. Watch the full conversation where he shared the scope and breadth of the U.S. Coast Guard's work in the Pacific and in the insular areas.
OIA Blogs: Highlight on Nationals and Citizens in American Samoa
Did you know that American Samoa nationals do not vote for President? Learn more about the differences between nationals and citizens and perhaps the cultural and historical reasons why this might be so. Learn More: An OIA Conversation with Congresswoman Uifa'atali Amata Coleman Radewagen.
OIA Blogs: Highlight from the First Female Delegate Elected by the People of American Samoa
The first female delegate to represent American Samoa in the U.S. House of Representatives, Uifa'atali Amata Coleman Radewagen tells her own story about the decision to run again and again for Congress. Learn more: An OIA Conversation with Congresswoman Uifa'atali Amata Coleman Radewagen.
OIA Blogs: Highlight on Ocean Month with Nicole Yamase, the first Pacific Islander to Descend to the Challenger Deep
In honor of Ocean Month, OIA shares this OIA Conversation Highlight with Nicole Yamase, a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is the first Pacific Islander to descend to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. She shares her thoughts on the Ocean and her gift from the expedition to the Department of the Interior Museum.
OIA Blogs: Highlight on the Military Service of American Samoans - Congresswoman Uifa'atali Amata Radewagen
American Samoans and other islanders across the insular areas serve in numbers largely disproportionate to the size of their populations - the Delegate from American Samoa Uifa'atali Amata Coleman Radewagen, proud of their service, tells us about those who serve from American Samoan. Learn more about her efforts on behalf of veterans and those who serve in the full OIA Conversation on YouTube.
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