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District of Columbia, Insular Affairs, Press Release
Palau Community College
7/25/2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 25, 2017) – Interior Acting Assistant Secretary Nikolao Pula made available $5,463,578 to the Republic of Palau, most of which is the balance of remaining Compact grant assistance for fiscal year 2017.  Approximately $400,000 is provided through the technical and maintenance assistance programs in the Office of Insular Affairs to help update land surveying and mapping capabilities at the Palau Bureau of Lands and Survey and maintenance training at the Palau Community College for the next three years.

District of Columbia, Insular Affairs, Press Release
Micronesia Natural Resources
7/21/2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2017) – Interior Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula has made available $635,885 for natural and cultural resource protection for all U.S. island jurisdictions in the Micronesia region. 

Insular Affairs, Press Release
Garapan Watershed
7/21/2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2017) – This week Interior Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula has made available $189,881 for natural and cultural resource protection in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Insular Affairs, Press Release
Red Algae on Corals
7/21/2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2017) – Interior Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula made available $103,000 for natural and cultural resource protection in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).

Insular Affairs, Press Release
GIS Mapping
7/21/2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2017) – Interior Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula made available $94,906 for natural and cultural resource protection in American Samoa.

Insular Affairs, Press Release
the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle
7/21/2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2017) – Interior Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula made available $409,885 to preserve natural and cultural resources and protect against invasive species on Guam.

Insular Affairs, Press Release
Watersheds-Coral Reefs
7/19/2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2017) – Interior Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula has made available $1,003,787 for natural and cultural resource protection in the U.S. Insular Areas.  The funds will support a wide variety of initiatives which include watershed management, GIS skills development, radar monitoring and marine protected areas surveillance, youth education in conservation management, and environmental law-enforcement training.  These projects support sustainable use of natural and cultural resources in the U.S. territories and freely associated states.

District of Columbia, Insular Affairs, Press Release
Invasive Brownsnake in the grass
7/17/2017
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 14, 2017) – This week Interior Acting Assistant Secretary Nikolao Pula has made available approximately $4 million for several invasive species prevention and control initiatives in the U.S. Insular Areas.  Funding has been provided to continue support in controlling the brown tree snake (BTS), Boiga irregularis, on Guam and prevent its spread to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Hawaii, and the larger Micronesian region. Funding is also provided to combat infestations of the Lopa tree, Adenanthera pavonina; to reduce impacts of invasive birds and restore wetland areas on Nuu’uli in American Samoa; and to combat infestations of the little fire ant (LFA), Wasmannia auropunctata, on Guam.

District of Columbia, Insular Affairs, Press Release
U.S.VI Governor Mapp and U.S. Interior Secretary Zinke, July 10, 2017
7/11/2017
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – (July 11, 2017) The Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs has awarded the U.S. Virgin Islands a $250,000 grant for the development and implementation of a 2017 Consumer Price Index (CPI).  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke presented the grant award to Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands Kenneth E. Mapp during their meeting at Interior Headquarters on Monday. Secretary Zinke met previously with Governor Mapp during the USVI Centennial Commemoration in March.

Insular Affairs, Press Release
Official Seal of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
7/6/2017
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 6, 2017) – This week Interior Acting Assistant Secretary Nikolao Pula has made available $994,711 to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to improve water distribution, waste management, and hospital billing services. One grant was provided for a joint government/non-profit partnership to improve efforts in addressing and prosecuting sexual violence cases.

Insular Affairs, Press Release
From left to right:  U.S. Ambassador to the FSM Robert Riley, III; Interior Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula; Vice President of the FSM Yosiwo George; FSM Ambassador to the U.S. Akillino Susaia Photo: Courtesy MKleinsteiber
6/30/2017
DOI/OIA

HONOLULU, HI (June 30, 2017) – Delegations representing the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the United States of America (U.S.) reached an agreement that enables $150 million of public infrastructure assistance to be used for projects across the four FSM states of Chuuk, Pohnpei, Yap, and Kosrae, as provided for under U.S. Public Law 108-188 or the Compact of Free Association, as amended.

District of Columbia, Insular Affairs, Press Release
Doug Domenech
6/28/2017
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON  Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Interior Department veteran Douglas William Domenech as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas.

Insular Affairs, Press Release
Official Seal of the Office of Insular Affairs
6/27/2017
DOI/OIA

WHITEFISH, MT (June 27, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today informed American Samoa Governor Lolo Moliga, Guam Governor Eddie Calvo, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Governor Ralph DLG Torres that he has approved a total of $3,489,427 in energy grants for their respective territories. The Secretary and the Governors were attending the Western Governors Association meeting in Montana.  In addition the Secretary announced energy grants for the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).  

Insular Affairs, Press Release
Official Flag of Guam
6/27/2017
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 23, 2017) – This week Interior Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula made available $516,031 from Technical Assistance grant funding for the benefit of several programs that are identified as priority needs by Guam Governor Eddie Calvo. 

District of Columbia, Insular Affairs, Press Release
Official Flag of Micronesia
6/21/2017
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21, 2017) – In compliance with the Compact of Free Association agreement (Compact) between the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the U.S. Department of the Interior has remitted $34.8 million in assistance for the benefit of the people and government of the FSM for the first half of fiscal year 2017.  An additional deposit of $29.5 million was made to the Trust Fund for the People of the Federated States of Micronesia at the beginning of the fiscal year and $500,000 was provided for the annual single audit, as required under U.S. Public Law 108-188.

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