Marshall Islands

Spokane's Marshallese Greet, Thank Governor Inslee

Apr 27, 2018
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Members of Spokane’s Marshallese community welcomed Governor Jay Inslee on Friday to a celebration in a northeast Spokane park. The occasion was to thank him for signing a bill that provides subsidized health insurance to low income Pacific Islanders.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee will be in Spokane this afternoon [Friday] for a variety of meetings.

They include a meeting at Harmon Park with the city’s Marshallese population to celebrate a new law that gives them easier access to state-subsidized health care.

WA Governor Signs Pacific Islander Health Bill

Mar 22, 2018
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law a bill that could help thousands of low-income residents, including several hundred from Spokane, buy health care.

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The Washington House has given approval to a bill that would provide members of Spokane's Marshallese population with subsidized health care. 

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Representatives of Spokane’s Marshall Islands community moved a step closer today (Friday) to getting help from the state to buy health insurance.

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The Washington Senate today (Thursday) approved a bill that would help residents of Pacific Island descent, including several hundred in Spokane, gain easier access to state-subsidized health care.

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A Washington House committee today (Monday) took up a bill that could mean a chance to access health care for Pacific Islanders who live in Washington. Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) is one of the co-sponsors of the bill.

The bill applies to U.S. residents who come from the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.

Issues and Wishes For Upcoming Legislative Sessions

Jan 4, 2018
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There are other important issues before the two legislatures. Idaho lawmakers may again take up the repeal of the state’s grocery tax. Lawmakers in both chambers approved the repeal toward the end of the 2017 session, but Governor Butch Otter vetoed it after legislators adjourned. Some legislative leaders say they believe the bill be approved again early in the session so they would have time to override another veto.

In Washington, school funding will again get much of the attention. But water rights on private property will also be an important issue.

Inland Journal, Dec. 21, 2017

Dec 21, 2017

Inland Journal for December 14, 2017

This week on Inland Journal:

    ▪    The Spokane City Council has approved a campaign finance ordinance that will govern campaign contributions in city races. We’ll hear some of the testimony from Monday night’s hearing.
    ▪    The Washington legislature will again be asked to approve more money for schools during its next session. We’ll get a short lesson about school funding from state school superintendent Chris Reykdal.
    ▪    And we’ll hear about efforts to ensure low-income members of Spokane’s Marshallese community can access subsidized health care.

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One of Spokane’s largest ethnic communities comes from the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The islands are located near the Equator between Hawaii and the Philippines.  

For thousands of years, the Marshallese people have had their own culture and traditions. But because of the islands’ perceived strategic importance, the Japanese military occupied them during World War II. When the Japanese surrendered, the U.S. took possession and immediately found a use for them.