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Nominees to self-select Commission rep

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - One of the following four people will sit on the Guam First Commission representing the island's Chamorro rights organizations. They are: Trini Torres who was selected by the Taotaomona Native Rights Group, Frank J. Schacher was selected by the Chamorro Tribal Council, Antonio Artero Sablan was chosen by the Commission on Decolonization Task Force for Independence for Guam and Dr. Michael "Miget" Lujan Bevacqua was selected by eight other groups.

Namely, they are We Are Guahan, Famoksaiyan, Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice, Chamorro Studies Association, I Nasion Chamoru, the Organization for the Protection of Indigenous Rights, the Chamoru Cultural Development and Research Institute and the Colonized Chamoru Coalition.

Department of Chamorro Affairs president Joseph Cameron said, "They can bring to the table a lot of discussion and they're going to be very crafty as to how they would come back for all the groups, not just the group they represent, but all Chamorro rights groups. This is important and they have to bring the best and the brightest and you can see through these nominees who are known to be Chamorro rights representatives who have been very vocal in the past and will continue to build capacities."

The four nominees will be meeting this Saturday at the Chamorro Village to decide amongst themselves who will sit on the Guam First Commission. The nominees will meet in private as they deliberate at 10am.

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