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Guam Micronesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012 Reviews of the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Nauru are not included in this issue. This year as in previous years, the economy and government finances were the dominant concerns in Guam. Perhaps in some ways these issues have helped assure the continuation and revitalization of Chamorro culture and cultural events--which had a strong presence this year--as a means to provide a sense of stability and to remind Chamorros and others of their survival as a people through thousands of years of challenges. The central economic issue was the long-planned military buildup involving the redeployment of the US Marines from Okinawa to Guam. The year began with opposition in the US Congress to the redeployment from leaders like Senator John McCain (PDN, 1 Jan 2012). Military plans for a firing range near the ancient Chamorro settlement of Pågat Village, considered an extremely significant cultural site, were the subject of a court dispute. In 2010, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Guam Preservation Trust, and the "We are Guåhan" organization filed a lawsuit against the US Navy http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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Micronesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012 Reviews of the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Nauru are not included in this issue. This year as in previous years, the economy and government finances were the dominant concerns in Guam. Perhaps in some ways these issues have helped assure the continuation and revitalization of Chamorro culture and cultural events--which had a strong presence this year--as a means to provide a sense of stability and to remind Chamorros and others of their survival as a people through thousands of years of challenges. The central economic issue was the long-planned military buildup involving the redeployment of the US Marines from Okinawa to Guam. The year began with opposition in the US Congress to the redeployment from leaders like Senator John McCain (PDN, 1 Jan 2012). Military plans for a firing range near the ancient Chamorro settlement of Pågat Village, considered an extremely significant cultural site, were the subject of a court dispute. In 2010, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Guam Preservation Trust, and the "We are Guåhan" organization filed a lawsuit against the US Navy

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 27, 2013

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