Press Release 99-192
December 2, 1999
Ancient Chamori Remains coming home to Guahan.
The Hawaii-based organization Bring Our Ancestors Home Foundation announced tonight that the lawsuits to gain possession
of our ancestral remains stored at the Bishop Museum has been averted. The organization had planned to file its civil complaints in
the Hawaii federal courts early Friday morning.
According to foundation president, Norbert Perez, "The filing of our lawsuits in the U.S. District Court to secure possession of our ancestral remains stored at the Bishop Museum has been averted, thanks to acting Governor Madeleine Z. Bordallo and Parks & Recreation Director, Sonny Shelton."
"The acting Governor had assured us that plans were already in motion to bring the remains home to Guahan by the 2nd week in January, which we flatly rejected....because of the new millennium timeline." Perez said. "Initially, the acting Governor was scheduled to personally escort the remains home....on her return flight from the mainland in January. The new AGREED-TO-SCHEDULE will have the Governor of Guahan escorting the remains home on the 18th of December on his homebound flight from Washington DC." Perez stated.
"Our ancient remains will be transported by Continental Airlines, leaving Hawaii on December 18th and arriving Guahan on the 19th." Perez stated.
"Our immediate role right now is to complete the inventory process, which we started on this morning with our Hui Malama friends and to prepare the remains for immediate shipment."
"We wish to convey our sincerest congratulations to Governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez, acting Governor Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Parks & Recreation Director Sonny Shelton, Guam HPO Richard Davis and the proud Chamoris of Guahan for their courage and dedication in taking the initiative to Bring Our Ancestors Home." Perez echoed. "The Year 2000 will mark a sacred milestone in the history of the Chamori people of Guahan, Saipan, Tinian and Rota as we celebrate a new beginning or "sinisu" with our ancestors."
"Mas tatkilo' na bendision para hamyu ginen i Saina"
Prepared by: Lawrence Muna