Guam – In a letter to Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Donald Schregardus, Buildup Committee Chair Senator Judi Guthertz calls for separate agreements on how to handle each cultural site threatened by a buildup project.
In her letter, Guthertz states that separate agreements are necessary “to avoid disastrous and irretrievable mistakes.”
Guthertz also told Secretary Schregardus that the pace of discoveries about Guam’s heritage is increasing by the year and requiring constant review and re‐writing of local and international textbooks to reflect this new knowledge.
In a release, the Senator argues that the currently proposed programmatic Agreement for dealing with cultural sites is a ‘one size fits all’ agreement that “isn’t good enough for the people of Guam.”
Senator Guthertz also reminded Secretary Schregardus that Guam has yet to be allowed to decide its political status and is thus owed full protection of its land, culture, artifacts and heritage by the United States: “Please remember that the [U.S.] Government is in a trustee relationship with Guam under the United Nations system since our own national government has declared to the United Nations that Guam is non‐self‐governing and under
the trusteeship of the United States.”