Governor seeks President Biden’s help for Guam self-determination

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Governor Lou Leon Guerrero plans to ask the Biden Administration to pursue executive or legislative action that will provide an opportunity for the “Native inhabitants of Guam” to vote in a self-determination plebiscite to be conducted by the local government consistent with Guam law.

Particularly, given Congress’s plenary power over the territories, Leon Guerrero is seeking the Biden administration’s support to pursue congressional action through legislation to resolve the continued denial of the right to self-determination.

In a letter sent to Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, President Biden’s Associate Director for Puerto Rico and the Territories, governor stated that she will also ask that President Biden invite a United Nations visiting mission to Guam to assess the island’s current level of self-government and to determine what progress, or lack thereof, has been made toward decolonization.

Leon Guerrero also wants to have meaningful discussions on a wide array of existing
and new federal policies required to address Guam’s challenges.