Led by Palmer President Dr. Virgil Strang, a four-member Palmer College of Chiropractic delegation recently discussed chiropractic legislative and education matters with officials in Micronesia.
Accompanying Dr. Strang were Dr. Garry Krakos, Palmer's liaison for international affairs, and director of the Main Clinic; Dr. Don Betz, provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Dr. Steven Mickelson, a 1975 Palmer graduate.
Micronesia is a republic of 600 islands/islets in the Caroline Archipelago, lying some 3,200 miles west-southwest of Honolulu in the Northern Pacific. The islands were successively under the dominance of Spain, Germany and Japan before the U.N. Security Council created the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands in 1947, and placed them under U.S. administration.
Today, these islands are called the Federated States of Micronesia. The islands are populated by 111,000 people made up of nine ethnic subgroups of Micronesian and Polynesian descent. English is the official and common language. The government is constitutional, and seated at the capital city of Palikir, on the island of Pohnpei. In 1991, Micronesia was admitted to the U.N.
The people largely live in traditional villages, and live by farming and fishing. The native edibles include breadfruit, taro, coconuts, and bananas.