For Immediate Release, November 20, 2018
Independent Guåhan (IG) invites the public to attend its November General Assembly (GA) on Thursday, November 29th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Main Pavilion of the Chamorro Village in Hagåtña. These assemblies are part of IG’s efforts to educate the community on the need for Guåhan’s decolonization and the potential benefits through achieving independence. Bhutan, a tiny Asian nation bordered by China and India in the Himalayas will be discussed as a possible country model for Guåhan looking to sustainable development. This GA was originally scheduled for October, but postponed due to Typhoon Yutu.
At each GA, Independent Guåhan honors a maga’taotao: a notable figure that has helped guide the island and the Chamoru people on their quest for self-determination. For November, IG will be honoring the late Ron Franquez Teehan, a long-time advocate for the rights of the Chamoru people who passed away earlier this year.
1982 Ron joined Robert Underwood and the late Ron Rivera to become the first Chamorus to formally testify before the Fourth Committee of the United Nations on the political status of Guam. As a member of the group OPR-R (Organization of the Rights for Indigenous People) he worked to give Chamorus greater ability to define themselves locally and internationally and helped developed solidarity with other countries and decolonization movements. Ron also spent decades working on the issues of land rights and war reparations for the Chamoru people, working closely with the Guam Landowners Association and the Chamorro Land Trust. Independent Guåhan is proud to honor the legacy of Ron Teehan for its October GA.
Bhutan is a small but prosperous country, known for being one of the happiest in the world. Bhutan is governed by a series of environmental policies meant to promote local industry and protect natural and human resources. These policies include local community consent over construction, organic farming, no investment or development that isn’t environmentally sustainable and a single day of the week where everyone is required to use public transportation. To learn more about similar possibilities for Guam, please join IG for this month’s GA.