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            Joint Region Marianas military installations are finalizing plans to resume limited services on base, adjust on-base restrictions for service members, civilians and families, and provide modified access early next week, according to a June 10 release.

            No precise details were given, but social distancing measures and masks are likely to be required.
              “We expect to methodically open up a greater amount of installation services and activities to patrons …,” the release said. 

 

FSM offers stranded citizens financial assistance
            The government of the Federated States of Micronesia, will provide financial assistance to citizens who became “stranded abroad, typically in the U.S. Territory of Guam and the U.S. State of Hawaii.”  This translates to $1,000 per single adult or $1,500 per family application, from $300,000 appropriated for the purpose, according to a June 10 release.

            The application form can be found at https//dofa.gov.fm/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/FSM-STRANDED-CITIZEN-APPLICATION-FORM.pdf

 

Guam to pay Davis case costs; loses land trust settlement
            Chief Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood of the District Court of Guam on June 10 granted the plaintiff’s motion “to pay to Plaintiff $132,480.66 in reasonable attorneys’ fees and $11,554.24 in non-taxable costs,” according to a June 10 release.

             The Supreme Court denied Guam’s petition for certiorari, in Davis v. Guam, ensuring that a plebiscite for “native inhabitants” did not proceed, and that a “15th Amendment precedent was set” according to the Center for Individual Rights, which fielded the lead counsel for Plaintiff Arnold Davis. 

            On June 4, the U.S. Department of Justice announced an agreement with the Government of Guam and the Chamorro Land Trust Commission “to resolve claims that Guam’s Chamorro Land Trust Act discriminated against non-Chamorros on the basis of race and national origin in the allocation of Government of Guam land.”

            In its release DOJ listed the terms of the agreement.

            “Guam has agreed to stop taking race and national origin into account in awarding the land leases. The CLTA will be amended to award leases based on whether individuals lost land or use of land, including during World Was II and its aftermath, instead of whether an applicants is a “native Chamorro,” DOJ said. The CLTC will also be required to collection information to verify eligibility based on the new “race-neutral” criteria. Lastly, the agreement prohibits future housing-related discrimination, mandates training on the requirements of the Fair Housing Act and requires record keeping and reporting to ensure compliance.

            The Government of Guam issued a release that a settlement had been reached, but did not release details.

            The case was first brought in 2017. 

 

Latest loan numbers in the Mariana Islands
            According to a June 10 U.S. Small Business Administration advisory, Guam has received 1,999 Paycheck Protection Plan loans for a total of $193.94 million and the Northern Mariana Islands 392 for a total of $36.49 million.

            Guam was awarded 491 EIDL loans for a total $32.38 million, and the NMI was awarded 81 loans for a total of $4.8 million.