Kumisión hosts northern village public hearing for Guam place names project


A public hearing for the northern village names will be held this evening, 6:00 pm, at the Tamuning Community Center. The village names up for review include Tamuning, Mongmong-To’to-Maite’, Barigåda, Mangilao, Dédidu, and Yigu.

Presiding over the hearing are Kumision Members Robert Underwood, Jimmy Teria, and Teresita Flores who comprise the Kumiten Na’an Lugåt (Place Names Committee). Interested community members are welcome to attend. Everyone will adhere to public health guidelines in place.

The public is also encouraged to submit testimony on the village names under review. Those attending the event in person may fill out a comment sheet or submit testimony via this website:


I Kumisión i Fino’ CHamoru yan i Fina’nå’guen i Historia yan Lina’la’ i Taotao
Tåno’ (The Commission on the CHamoru Language and the Teaching of the History and Culture of the Indigenous People of Guam) is holding public hearings for its first phase of the I Na’an Lugåt (Guam Place Names) Project.

In accordance with P.L. 33-236, the Kumisión is mandated to 1) develop criteria for reviewing and selecting place names 2) study ancient CHamoru terminology and pronunciation of place names, and restore the aforementioned pronunciation with the current CHamoru orthography. (GCA Chapter 88, section 88105).

Public hearings continue to be held at community centers around the island to review the names of villages. Villages have been divided into southern, central, and northern regions for purposes of review.

Southern village names and central village names were reviewed in April and May. This month is being designated for the remaining northern village names.

Questions or concerns may be directed to Project Coordinator Elyssa Santos via email at Elyssa.Santos@KFCHamoru.guam.gov or phone at 475-0139.

(Kumisión Release)