Author Jon Letman sat down with Mattlan Zackhras last year for a wide-ranging conversation on his vision and hope for the tiny island nation.
The number of COFA migrants will determine how much the money the regions receive to compensate for health care, education and other costs.
Hawaii will receive an additional $1.27 million on top of an annual payment of $12.6 million, but the costs of serving the immigrants is far higher.
The lawsuit sought to force the U.S. to comply with an international treaty on nuclear nonproliferation.
The Federated States of Micronesia wants legal and political help regarding COFA.
UPDATED 12/2/2016: Supporters say the program helps immigrants acclimate, rather than encouraging them to drain public resources.
Local leaders fear that residents will be "shunted from their homes" and "reduced to just doing cultural dances" for tourists.
Hawaii Congressman Mark Takai pushes to compensate military personnel exposed to radioactive soil and debris in the Marshall Islands.
U.S. Senate and House leadership is urged to allow the people of Bikini to use resettlement funds to relocate outside of the Marshall Islands.