Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Office of the President website
Marshall Islands Tourist Site
U.S. State Department information on the RMI
Bikini Atoll World Heritage Site
Northwest Arkansas (Springdale) is home to the largest Marshallese population in the continental United States.
Springdale also is home to an RMI Consulate, opened in 2009, under Consul General Carmen Chung Gum
Click to read the July 2012 NYTimes article on the Marshallese in Springdale
Information about the Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site from the UNESCO World Heritage Site (link above):
"In the wake of World War II, in a move closely related to the beginnings of the Cold War, the United States of America decided to resume nuclear testing. They choose Bikini Atoll in the Marshall archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. After the displacement of the local inhabitants, 23 nuclear tests were carried out from 1946 to 1958,. The cumulative force of the tests in all of the Marshall Islands was equivalent to 7,000 times that of the Hiroshima bomb. Following the use of nuclear bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Bikini tests confirmed that mankind was entering a “nuclear era”. The many military remains bear witness to the beginnings of the Cold War, the race to develop weapons of mass destruction and a geopolitical balance based on terror.
The violence exerted on the natural, geophysical and living elements by nuclear weapons illustrates the relationship which can develop between man and the environment. This is reflected in the ecosystems and the terrestrial, marine and underwater landscapes of Bikini Atoll.
The nuclear tests changed the history of Bikini Atoll and the Marshall Islands, through the displacement of inhabitants, and the human irradiation and contamination caused by radionuclides produced by the tests."