Volume 5 Issue 4 - September 13, 2007 http://www.geocities.com/freeguahan minagahet@lists.riseup.net


Hafa Adai, yan welcome to i mina'trenta tres na Minagahet

Minagahet was started several years ago by The Chamorro Information Activists, and as the names of both this zine and the organization indicate, our two primary interests were information and truth. From our mission statement written four years ago, this zine was created with the intent of finding new access to truth, and getting beyond the very limited ways that both the media as well as the community at large in Guam tend to know their history, perceive their present, and plan for their future. 

Guam faces a terrifying future. On the horizon, we are being told by so many sources, Federal, local, military, Chamber of Commerce, atmariao, that there is nothing but fantastic prosperous shores ahead with the impending military build-ups. The only snag that we could possible hit, is if we screw it up by not being ready to take all the billions of dollars the Feds, the Japanese, the military and Home Depot are just dying to give to us. Lying in wait however are things which not enough people are talking or thinking about. Also looming on the horizon is even more environmental damage which the military increase promises, which will pile on top of the toxic mess that we already live with. Housing prices and utilities are threatening to soar, as those that have the means prepare to develop their resources or sell them, and those with little or nothing, merely hope to survive all the economic health that is about to ravage the island. Decolonization in general seems to move further and further away from the consciousness of Chamorros and others on Guam, as a flood of American carpetbaggers, corporations and military personnel all seem to signify a "prosperous and cheery" re-colonization of the island.

This issue of Minagahet is a compilation of newspaper articles which all provide critical information or perspectives on this military increase. It is by no means meant to be complete, but was put together primarily for those who want to know more, but don't have time to aligao online for hours at a time trying to find months old articles on the Tiyan landowners or Agent Orange storage on Guam. It is my hope that, knowing the severity of our situation in Guam that more people here and abroad will be willing to stand up, make demands and work to effect some positive change! For those who find the articles here esta matungo' or old news, you can head to these blogs for much much more info: JGPO Blog and the Decolonize Guam Blog

My personal blog, No Rest for the Awake - Minagahet Chamorro, also regularly has rants, tirades and frustrated posts about the military build-up. I wrote recently in "How the Activists Hurt Guam (...and America)" about how this military buildup is being supported by the myth that in the 1990's, activists and other maladjusted Chamorros hurt the feelings of the US military and they left to go give their money to some other more patriotic people. Guam's leaders who support wholeheartedly and with almost drunken lust the proposed military increases, use this myth to argue that we have now learned the importance and value of the military, and by welcoming as much military as we can into our lives, we ensure we won't make the same mistake again. In other words, no matter how much the environment is poisoned and no matter how much social, economic and political damage is done to the island, we will never ever doubt again, that the US military and by extension the United States itself is the source of all life and prosperity in Guam. Ai bubulao yan na'ma'ase este...

Lastly, school is starting again for me soon, so the Voicing Indigeneity will be back again soon.


Sahuma Minagahet yan Na'suha Dinagi





Tano': articles about the impact on land issues


"Project Airport Now" Seeks to Inform Despite Tensions with Landowners," by Steve Limtiaco, Pacific Daily News, September 4, 2007

"Landowners Plight Could Cost Island Billions," Mindy Fothergill, KUAM, August 29, 2007

"Airport Trying to Deal With Landowner Concerns," Mindy Fothergill, KUAM July 31, 2007

"Tiyan Landowners May Be Open to Compromise," Sabrina Salas Mantanane, KUAM, July 28, 2007

"Landowners Protest Military Road Barricade in Urunao," Mar-Vic Cagurangan, Marianas Variety, June 29, 2007

"Original Landowners Ready to Fight for Land," Pacific News Center, June 28, 2007

"Statistics Show Home Prices Soaring," by Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno, Pacific Daily News, May 5, 2007

"Activists Protest Outside New Nature Center," Jean Hudson, KUAM, April 29, 2007

"Tiyan Land Issues Makes it to Capitol Hill," Mindy Fothergill, KUAM, July 28, 2006

"Land use depends on need," by Steve Limtiaco, Pacific Daily News, September 30, 2007

"Military May Retake Land," by Steve Limtiaco, Pacific Daily News, September 29, 2007


Lina'la': articles about the potential impact on the life of Guam


"Bracing for the Next Wave," by Kirsten Scharnberg, Chicago Tribune, June 18, 2007

"Townhall Meeting Featured High Emotions," Sabrina Salas Matanane, KUAM, August 17, 2007

"Residents Speak on Buildup" by Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno, Pacific Daily News, August 17, 2007

"Gun Beach to Undergo Multi-million Commercial Development," Mindy Fothergill, KUAM, June 5, 2007

"Proposed Highway Would Cut Through Manengon," by Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno, Pacific Daily News, May 31, 2007

"Marines' Relocation Angers the Indigenous," by Elenoa Baselala, Islands Business

"The Myth of Military Money," by Julian Aguon, Marianas Variety, May 29, 2006


Tinatse': articles about the damage that has been done to Guam's environment


"Veteran Seeks Probe into Agent Orange Use in Guam," by Mar-Vic Cagurangan, Marianas Variety, August 9, 2007

"Guam Left Out in New RECA Bill," by Mar-Vic Cagurangan, Marianas Variety, August 6, 2007.

"Retired Airman Says he Sprayed Herbicides in Guam," by Mar-Vic Cagurangan, Marianas Variety, July 16, 2007

"PARS asks Bordallo to Re-File RECA Bill," by Mar-Vic Cagurangan, Marianas Variety, May 30, 2007

"How Much of Ordot's Environmental Problem Come from the US?" by Luis Szyfres, Pacific Daily News, February 3, 2007

"Air Force to Proceed with Strike Force Plan," by Mar-Vic Cagurangan, Marianas Variety, January 28, 2007

"Guam Contaminated with Toxic Chemicals," by Mar-Vic Cagurangan, Marianas Variety, December 8, 2006


Nina'Federal: articles about the Federalization of the CNMI


"Cohen Calls for Mutual Respect in Debate Over Federalization," by Agnes Donato, Saipan Tribune, September 6, 2007

"Homeland Security Involved in Redrafting of Federalization Bill," by Gemma Q. Casa, Marianas Variety, September 4, 2007

"Detractors Relying on Old Info, Innuendo," by Ferdie De La Torre, Saipan Tribune, August 21, 2007

"Statement Before the House Subcommittee," by David Cohen, Saipan Tribune, August 20, 2007

"Filipino, Chinese Workers to Cohen: Help Us," by Haidee Eugenio, Marianas Variety, August 20, 2007

"NMI Founding Father Opposes Federalization," by Agnes Donato, Saipan Tribune, August 19, 2007

"The Covenant and Federalization," by Zaldy Dandan, Marianas Variety, August 17, 2007

"CNMI Borders a 'Security Risk,'" by Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno, Pacific Daily News, July 20, 2007

"CNMI faces Federal 'Typhoon,'" by David Crisostomo, Pacific Daily News, January 7, 2007


Militat: articles about the relationship between Guam and the military


"Trust, but verify," by Senator Ben Pangelinan, Marianas Variety, August 28, 2007

"Feds asked to Match Guam's Allegiance," by Mar-VicCagurangan, Marianas Variety, August 17, 2007

"Army Goes Where Fish are Biting," by Matthew D. LaPlante, Salt Lake Tribune, August 5, 2007

"US Hasn't Changed Attitudes Towards Chamorros," by Mar-Vic Cagurangan, Marianas Variety, June 20, 2007

"1945 Secret Memo Reveals Real US Intention for Guam," by Mar-Vic Cagurangan, Marianas Variety, June 19, 2007

"Guthertz Wants to Return to Discussions of Guam's Political Status," by Jean Hudson, KUAM, May 27, 2007

"US is Building Up Forces on Strategic Islands in the Far East," David Axe, Aviation Week, April 27, 2007

"Guam Officials Wants a Say in Marines' Move from Okinawa," David Allen, Stars and Stripes, July 15, 2006

"Looking for Friendly Overseas Base, Pentagon Forgets it Already Has One," James Brooke, New York Times, April 4, 2004


Protests: articles about people who are pushing for justice, fairness, equality and decolonization


"Activists Demand Backstory on Marine Migration," by Michele Catahay, KUAM, July 12, 2007

"Guam Government Says Land Protest Won't Hold Up Construction of US Military Base," Radio New Zealand International, July 2, 2007

"Guam Confronts Americanisation," by Tony Britley, Al Jazeera English, July 2, 2007

"Australian Activists Share Solidarity with Guam Counterparts," by Mar-Vic Cagurangan, Marianas Variety, July 2, 2007

"A New Network Forms to Close US Overseas Bases," by Medea Benjamin, CODE PINK, March 12, 2007

"People Power vs. Military Power in East Asia," by John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus, February 13, 2007

"Guam: Indigenous Rights in the Crosshairs," by Gina Hotta, Apex Express

"Natives of Guam Decry US Expansion Plan," by Aaron Glantz, IPS, December 12, 2006

"Chamorro Delegation Urges UN Intervention on Human Rights Violations in Guam," Famoksaiyan, June 20, 2007


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