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Petitioning Northern Mariana Islands Governor and 6 others

OUR ANCESTORS DESERVE A MEMORIAL MONUMENT!

The ancient Chamorro village and burial ground of Anaguan formerly known as the Samoan Housing area in the central business district in Garapan was leased on April 29, 2016 for 40 years to an Exclusive Casino operator - Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC., also known as Best Sunshine International - a Chinese investor.

To date, more than 700 ancient Chamorro remains have been disinterred/excavated or desecrated from their grave sites; in Chamorro - man ma guahi/kahat ginen i Naftan niha i man Antigu na man Animas Chamoru. 

Since 1997 - 1999 there were close to 300 human remains have been disinterred from Anaguan. Some of these remains have been sent off island for scientific testing and have yet to be returned back to the Marianas and have not been reburied for over 17 years.  Some of our ancestors are kept in carton boxes at the CNMI Museum. 

Recently, (from April 2015 to June 2015) there are over 400 human remains have been disinterred by Best Sunshine's contracted archaeologist Scientific Consultant Services. This brings the total of our ancient Chamorro Ancestors that have been desecrated from their grave sites to over 700 remains to date. 

To date, there are no concrete plan either from the Casino & Hotel Developer/Investor Best Sunshine or the CNMI Government as to the repatriation of the 300 remains; including this recent 400 plus remains that are temporarily stored in a warehouse.

This is disrespectful and gross injustice to the treatment of our Chamorro ancestors.

Our Chamorro Ancestors deserve to be laid back to rest at their natural resting place at Anaguan where they have laid in peace for more than a thousand years; and at the most appropriate location on the property free of disturbance and erosion.

OUR ANCESTORS MUST REST IN PEACE AT THEIR PARADISE IN ANAGUAN VILLAGE...OUR HERITAGE IS NOT FOR SALE!

This petition was delivered to:
  • Governor Ralph Dlg. Torres
  • Senate President Frank M. Borja
  • Speaker Ralph Dlg. Demapan
  • Best Sunshine International


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