Marshallese in Arkansas
"More than 12,000 Marshallese live in northwest Arkansas and nearby cities in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. The first Marshallese to arrive in northwest Arkansas was John Moody, who received a scholarship to study at an Oklahoma college and ended up moving to Springdale to work for Tyson Foods in the 1980s. Since then, many Marshallese left their island homelands for a number of reasons: seeking employment, educational opportunities, access to healthcare, the lingering effects of radiation due to nuclear testing, the evident consequences of sea level rise, and simply to join their families in the United States. Given the extant pressures in the Marshall Islands, the population in the region and throughout the state of Arkansas is expected to increase steadily over the next decades."
Source: Marshallese Educational Initiative