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Prose Selection
from Spoken Marshallese

[Congress of Micronesia—as of 1965] [SM21]

Kwelọk eo ṃoktata an Kọñkorej eo an Ṃaikronijia ear kōṃṃan ilo Juḷae 1965. Aolep laḷ ko rōḷḷap raar kanooj in itok limoier kōn men in bwe raar tōmak bwe men in juon kōkaḷḷe in an Ṃaikronijia jino wōnṃaanḷọk ñan an make jutak im bōk eddoin jerbal ko an make. Ej kab kar juon iien an ri-Ṃajeḷ maat im kālōt ri-kwelọk ro aer im ear kanooj ḷap ejjeurur. Ear itok ri-kaki jān Iuunibōjiti eṇ an Awai im raar katakin ri-pepe ro wāween kwelọk im bar men ko jet eḷap tokjāer ñan kōṃṃani kwelọk ko an kien. Ear jab kanooj ḷap tōprak kōnke ej kab juon alen aer kwelọk bōtab ewōr ruo men eḷḷap raar karōki ñan an ri-Ṃaikronijia ḷoori. Juon, raar kowaḷọk bōḷāāk eo an Ṃaikronijia im ruo, raar kōṃṃan bwe Julae 12 raan en an Ṃaikronijia raan in kakkije in kakeememej jinoin Kọñkorej eo an Ṃaikronijia.
The first meeting of the Congress of Micronesia was in July 1965. The major powers of the world were quite interested in this because they believed it to be a sign of the beginnining of Micronesian independence and of their taking responsibility for their own affairs. It was finally a time when the Marshallese had chosen their own representatives, and there was great excitement. Professors came from the University of Hawai‘i and instructed the representatives on important points of how to meet and hold legislative sessions. Not a great deal was accomplished, as it was their first session, but there were two important things set for Micronesians to follow. One was to decide upon a flag for Micronesia, and the second was to set July 12 as a holiday to commemorate the beginning of the Congress of Micronesia.