Press Release 99-191
December 1, 1999
Ancient Chamori Remains in Hawaii...Status Updates.
The Hawaii-based organization Bring Our Ancestors Home Foundation reported today that the lawsuits to gain possession
of our ancestral remains stored at the Bishop Museum will be filed in the U.S. District Court in Honolulu on Thursday,
December 2, 1999.
According to foundation president, Norbert Perez, "We are moving forward with plans to file our complaints to secure ownership and gain possession of our ancestral remains stored at the Bishop Museum. However, we will not include Governor Pedro Tenorio and the government of the CNMI in our lawsuits. The CNMI government has repatriated the Rota, Tinian and Saipan remains and those remains left on a plane bound for the CNMI...just this evening. This leaves us with only the Guam ancestral remains."
"The list of defendants will include: the governor of Guam, the government of Guam, the Bishop Museum
Board of Directors, the Bishop Museum and the United States Navy." Perez added.
"Our lawsuits will bring special attention to the Bishop Museum's despicable acts of desecration upon our ancestral gravesites as we
highlight the historical correlations between the Museum's immoral acts here in the Pacific to the plunderance of the Jewish families in Europe by Adolph Hitler and Nazi Germany in the 30's and 40's." Perez stated.
"This evening, we transmitted our final appeal to the governor of Guam requesting that he grant us authority to Bring Our Ancestors Home." Perez said. "Additionally, we have communicated with Captain Kevin Wensing of the U.S. Navy CinPac Fleet about our lawsuits and the basis of our complaints. Sometime tomorrow morning, we will convey our final appeal to the Bishop Museum via phone conference to release the sacred bones to us, rather than to the government of Guam."
"Our scheduled 1pm-to-3pm PROTEST at the Bishop Museum facility in Kalihi has been cancelled to honor a special request by
Mr. Edward "Halealoha" Ayau and the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movements." Perez declared.
NEWS CONFERENCE SCHEDULE...
A news conference has been scheduled immediately after the filing process to
provide the media with technical and historical information. Photos of our ancestral
remains which are stored in shoe boxes at the Museum will be made available to
Biba Taotao Tano'
Prepared by: Lawrence Muna