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) has announced 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 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.
In April, southern village names were reviewed. The month of May is designated for the review of central village names while June will be designated for the remaining northern village names.
On Tuesday, May 12th, the Kumisión discussed central village names at the Asan Community Center. These villages were Yo’ña (Yona), CHålan Pågu-Otdot (Chalan Pago-Ordot), Piti, Assan (Asan), Agana Heights, Sinahånña (Sinajana), and Hagåtña (Agana).
At the request of Honorable Mayor Paul M.McDonald, a separate public hearing will be held to discuss Agana Heights on Thursday, May 20th, 2021 at the Agana Heights Senior Center.
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. Those interested in joining through zoom may use the following link:
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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 our website:
Questions or concerns may be directed to Project Coordinator Elyssa Santos via email at Elyssa.Santos@KFCHamoru.guam.gov or phone at 475-0139.