Preservation Trust Prepares For Pagat Suit Hearing In Hawaii

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Guam- The Guam Preservation Trust is already preparing for its hearing in the U.S. District Court of Hawaii against the Department of Defense over the ancestral village of Pagat.

Recently,  the Preservation Trust, along with We Are Guahan and the National Trust for Historic Preservation filed a civil lawsuit to protect the Pagat area from becoming a firing range. Even with the revised Programmatic Agreement, Chief Program Officer Joe Quinata says they won’t be signing off on anything until the lawsuit is handled.

“We’re seeing the same thing again” said Quinata. “We’re seeing Pagat village that’s still included in the Programmatic Agreement. With the Guam Preservation Trust, we believe that we should take this a step further and wait for the lawsuit to make that determination.”

The hearing will be held in the Hawaii District Court on February 14. Quinata says they are hoping the Guam community back there will gather together to show their support when it occurs.