Activist group Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian (PLSR) delivered a letter to Guam State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick Lujan requesting for a stop in the military’s construction and clearing activities.
In the letter, PLSR requested Lujan to immediately write to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and invoke Stipulation 13 of the Programmatic Agreement.
The SHPO is urged to object to further action at impacted sites due to inadequate background research, the desecration of ancestral burials, and the permanent destruction of our land, endangered species, and invaluable resources.
The PLSR letter came in the wake of an aerial photo that surfaced showing massive clearings of land in northern Guam.
“Despite the community opposition, 15,000 signatures against the range complex and two resolutions passed that call for a pause on range construction, the destruction continues in Northern Guam,” the letter states. “The Department of Defense continues to ignore requests from our leaders and voices of the people, demonstrating that they have no reservations about continuing the erasure of our history and culture. The military has no plans to stop the desecration and has lied to the community about following its obligation to practice cultural sensitivity.”
According to PLSR, of the five options assessed for the Marine Live Fire Training Range Complex, Tailålo’ (Northwest Field) was determined to be the worst choice for the community.
The group maintains that studies that form the development of the military’s supplemental environmental impact statement that assessed the feasibility of Tailålo’ concluded that Tailålo’ was “not considered a reasonable alternative.”
PLSR added that the study itself and the Guam Historic Preservation Office determined Tailålo’ to be the most harmful choice.