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U.S. Pacific Islanders Organize for Treaty Rights

Melisa Laelan, executive director of Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese in Springdale, Arkansas, co-facilitated the virtual Pacific Islander press conference.

Nineteen Pacific Islander organizations in the U.S., including two in Arkansas — which successfully lobbied Congress to restore Medicaid benefits to their people late last year — held the first of two virtual press conferences last week to frame their struggle for civil rights and social justice under long-standing U.S. treaties.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative reporter and news producer for Ozarks at Large.
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