NEWS

DOI encourages Marshallese to enroll in the Affordable Healthcare Act

November 10, 2016

Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina today held an outreach meeting with government representatives from the FSM, Marshall Islands, Palau, and community leaders from across the U.S. mainland to discuss health care coverage options and encourage citizens of the Freely Associated States who live in the 50 U.S. States to enroll in health insurance plans available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Visit our News Releases section for more details.

KBE Office Annex Opens in Springdale

September 03, 2016

The KBE local Government Office Annex opened in Springdale, Arkansas, where several hundred Bikinians reside. DOI Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia'aina and Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse attended the ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016.  Sec. Kia'aina participated in a question and answer session with local Bikinians after the ceremony. (MEI)

DOI officials visit Kili, Ejit to discuss resettlement, nuclear cleanup

August 12, 2016

Department of Interior Assistant Secretary of Insular Areas, accompanied by new US Ambassador Karen Stewart and other US officials, traveled to Kili and Ejit Islands to visit with KBE officials about resettlement options and cleanup of nuclear waste on Bikini. (Marshall Islands Journal)

Bikini Still Too Radioactive, Tests Show

June 09, 2016

"Radioactive material such as cesium-137 currently produces, on average, 184 millirems of radiation per year on Bikini Atoll. And some parts of the island hit 639 millirems per year, researchers report online the week of June 6 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences." U.S. safety standards are set at 100 millirems. (Science News)

DOI Announces $347,600 Grant to KBE

April 29, 2016

OIA announces a nearly $347,600 grant to KBE "to purchase equipment to build and reinforce seawalls and help prevent encroaching seawater that continues to flood the island, especially during King Tides, for the past several years and has rendered some parts of the island unusable. Funds will also be used for other immediate infrastructure and maintenance projects, as well as long-term strategic planning on resettlement."

June 28, 2015

Aljazeera America story about the Bikinian exile and efforts to return, and cleanup Bikini Atoll. Interviews Lani Kramer, Alson Kelen, Bill Graham, Simon Jamore and others.

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