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Tiyan landowners take issue to federal court

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - From public laws to lawsuits that have gone nowhere, it seems Tiyan Ancestral Landowners are tired of being ignored and have taken their concerns to federal court.  Tiyan landowner Benny Crawford has filed a class action complaint seeking compensation for the airport's continued use of their land which they have never been compensated for.  According to court documents in fiscal year 2012 the airport received more than $66 million in revenue of which four million was through rental of airport properties. Tiyan Ancestral Landowners argue they haven't received a single penny of this money, “ despite the tremendous value of, and the revenues generated by, the Tiyan ancestral lands, neither the government of Guam nor the GIAA has provided compensation to the Tiyan landowners for the use of Tiyan ancestral lands for airport operations.”  Named as defendants in the class action complaint are GIAA Board Chairperson Ed Untalan, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Guam Ancestral Lands Commission Chairperson Anita Orlino.
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