Marshall Islands

Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese founder Melisa Laelan

Arkansas Marshallese community concerned about ongoing treaty renegotiation with U.S.

BY: - September 8, 2023

The compact that allows Arkansas’ Marshallese community to live and work here expires at the end of the month, and a new agreement isn’t likely before the Sept. 30 deadline. And while U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, the Arkansas Republican who chairs the committee overseeing the renegotiation, said there’s no need to panic yet, the uncertainty […]

Some Arkansas counties recruit bilingual poll workers ahead of Nov. 8 election

BY: - October 10, 2022

Alex Reyes is the sole Hispanic poll worker in Yell County, where about 21 percent of the population is Hispanic. In the coming election cycles, Reyes believes more bilingual poll workers like her will be needed to help the state’s increasingly diverse population. “This is the tip of the iceberg…you’re going to need to speak […]