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This case study describes the role an applied anthropologist takes to help Marshallese communities understand the impact
of radiation exposure on the environment and themselves, and addresses problems stemming from the U.S. nuclear weapons
testing program conducted in the Marshall Islands from 1946-1958. The author demonstrates how the U.S. Government limits
its responsibilities for dealing with the problems it created in the Marshall Islands. Through archival, life history,
and ethnographic research, the author constructs a compelling history of the testing program from a Marshallese
perspective. For more than five decades, the Marshallese have experienced the effects of the weapons testing program on
their health and their environment. This book amplifies the voice of the Marshallese who share their knowledge about
illnesses, premature deaths, and exile from their homelands. The author uses linguistic analysis to show how the
Marshallese developed a unique radiation language to discuss problems related to their radiation exposure problems that
never existed before the testing program. Drawing on her own experiences working with the government of the Marshall
Islands, the author emphasizes the role of an applied anthropologist in influencing policy, and empowering community
leaders to seek meaningful remedies.