By 2023, compact funding from the United States is scheduled to end. In a frantic effort (for most), the COFA nations and some states have employed different solutions to make up for the expected budgetary shortfall.
TFB members were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to sit with Gardenia Aisek, Legislator in the Chuuk State House of Senate representing the Southern Namoneas region. We talk extensively about the Chuuk State Online Gambling Bill - HB 14-39, the independence movement, and other developments from Chuuk State.
This past December, former President John Haglelgam wrote a thought-provoking Letter to the Editor in The Kaselehlie Press about the Chuuk Independence Movement. TFB Micronesia was fortunate enough to ask him some questions about the Chuuk Independence Movement (with some from the public) and more about his opinions about it.
In Hawaii, discussing race and the construction of our identities is the cultural way of life. I enjoyed participating in deep, enlightening conversations about stereotypes and race almost on a daily basis. Unavoidably though, this led to some sharing negative perceptions of other people’s identities. These negative comments, in my experience, have largely been towards Micronesians-Chuukese...