Press Release 99-189
November 12, 1999
CNMI adopts Historic Preservation and Repatriation Policy.
The Hawaii-based organization Bring Our Ancestors Home Foundation reported today that the CNMI HPO Review
Board has adopted HPO procedures for the disposition of human remains in the CNMI. These procedures sets forth
guidelines for the treatment and disposition of human remains including those in storage, those to be repatriated from outside
the CNMI and future discoveries.
According to foundation president, Norbert Perez, "We received word today from CNMI Executive Director, Mr. Joseph
Deleon Guerrero via electronic mail that the HPO review board has adopted the new policy for the CNMI. This paves the way
for immediate repatriation of our ancestral remains from the Bishop Museum."
"This is a glorious day for the Taotao Tano'." Perez stated. "In the true spirit of honor and brotherhood, we warmly commend
Mr. Guerrero and the distinguished members of the review board for their passion, commitment and dedication to this sacred
mission. Additionally and in the same spirit of inafa'maolek, we pledge to work together...to Bring Our Ancestors Home."
On wednesday 11/10/99, the CNMI HPO Review Board reviewed and adopted
HPO procedures for the disposition of human remains in the CNMI. These
procedures sets forth guidelines for the treatment and disposition of
human remains including those in storage, those to be repatriated from
outside the cnmi and future discoveries.
As I have said, the next step is to consult with the Bishop Museum for
the return of the CNMI portion of the Hornbostel collection. We will
be initiating consultations upon my return from an official off-island
trip (returning around 11/22/99). Once we receive favorable response,
the next step will be the logistical planning for their return. This
is where I hope to get your assistance as per our telephone
The review board commends you for your interest and initiative and
supports any cooperative efforts between our organizations for the
return of our ancestral remains.
Mr. Lon Bulgrin, our staff archaeologist can answer any other
questions you may have during my absence.
p.s. I have not yet received the inventory of the CNMI remains that
you were going to send me.
Si Yu'us Ma'ase.
Biba Taotao Tano'
Prepared by: Lawrence Muna