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Commission on Decolonization to be convened

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Governor Eddie Calvo has appointed Dr. Lisa Natividad to serve on the Commission on Decolonization and is asking other island leaders to make their appointments. With the social worker's appointment, there are three members now on the Commission including the governor, who serves as chair, and Senator Rory Respicio as vice chair.

By law there are a total of eleven that are supposed to be on the Commission. The governor has sent letters to the statutory appointers requesting their immediate appointments. Calvo is preparing to convene the Commission shortly, saying the time is ripe for us to choose our political status. He has also included a $240,000 appropriation to the Commission on Decolonization for next fiscal year.

He will be requesting federal officials to release promised federal funding for a political status education campaign during his visit to Washington, DC next week. We should note the governor has one more appointment to make.

  • Speaker Judi Won Pat may appoint a member; she may appoint herself.
  • The legislative minority may appoint one of its members.
  • Mayors Council President Mayor Melissa Savares may appoint one member of the Mayors Council; she may appoint herself.
  • Task Force for Statehood Chairman former Senator Eddie Duenas may appoint one member of his task force; he may appoint himself.
  • Task Force for Free Association Chairman Jose Garrido may appoint one member of his task force; he may appoint himself.
  • Task Force for Independence Chairwoman Trini Torres may appoint one member of her task force; she may appoint herself.
  • Youth Congress Speaker Andrew Orsini may appoint one member of the Youth Congress; he may appoint himself.
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