Press Release 99-188
November 12, 1999
U.S. Navy looks to help transport Ancestral Remains.
The Hawaii-based organization Bring Our Ancestors Home Foundation reported today that the United States Navy
has joined in to assist in the repatriation efforts and the transporting of our Ancient Chamori remains back to Guam and
According to foundation president, Norbert Perez, "We have been communicating with CINPAC officials
about the repatriation efforts and Admiral Tom Fargo (a four star admiral) is deeply committed to helping us in our
humanitarian plight. We have been working closely with Captain Wensing to identify the cubic size of the shipment
and to arrange a transport schedule."
"Admiral Fargo is a remarkable man, so friendly and just as passionate about our cause." Perez noted. "When this is
all done with, I will be recommending to the Governor that Admiral Fargo be awarded the Ancient Order of Chamori."
(The word is Chamori...pronounced "Chamoree"....not "Chamorai")
Dear M. Perez. Wanted you to know that I have received your e-mail letter
and have gone to work on it. I'll be back to you as soon as possible.
Sincerely, Tom Fargo
From: Clotilde Perez [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 1999 03:52 PM
To: Commander, CINPAC Fleet
Cc: Chief P.K. Malcom
Subject: Ancient Chamori Remains & Sacred Artifacts
November 8, 1999
Attn: Admiral Thomas "Tom" Fargo
U.S. Pacific Fleet
250 Makalapa Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96860
Subject: Repatriation & Transportation of Ancient Chamori Remains
from the Bishop Museum in Honolulu back to Guam and Saipan.
Greetings and Hafa Adai Admiral Fargo:
My name is Norbert Perez and I am the president and founder of the
"Bring Our Ancestors Home Foundation", a Hawaii-based, non-profit
organization dedicated to identifying and facilitating the repatriation of
our ancient Chamori remains and sacred artifacts back to our islands of
Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan.
Pursuant to the Native American Graves Act, I am humbly requesting
your assistance in providing air transportation for these sacred remains
back to Guam and Saipan. There are approximately 96 boxes of human remains
stored at the Bishop Museum, enough to fill two air freight containers,
which need to be transported back to our islands. It is important for the
United States Military to become an intregal part of this mission, primarily
because it was the Navy administration which allowed and sanctioned the
violation and desecration of our ancestral gravesites in Guam, Saipan,
Tinian and Rota back in the 1920s.
I am presently in Honolulu for the Hawaii International Film
Festival plus other business and would be honored to meet with you on this
important issue. I will be calling on your Chief-Of-Staff to establish an
appointment date and time.
Si Yu'os Ma'ase' for your cooperation.
With warm personal regards, I am,
Bring Our Ancestors Home Foundation
3075 Ala Poha Place, #602
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
cc: Governor Carl Gutierrez, Guam
Governor Pedro Tenorio, CNMI
Lt. Governor Madeleine Bordallo, Guam
Congressman Robert Underwood, D-Guam
Ms. Betty Tatar, Bishop Museum, Honolulu
Biba Taotao Tano'
Prepared by: Lawrence Muna