Decolonization

At 1:45 P.M. on April 19, 1979, Govorner Carlos G. Camacho signed Public Law 12-17, establishing the Guam Political Status Commission. From that day forward, the Government of Guam has been moving toward a self-determination vote of, by, and for Guam’s Native Inhabitants. Since then, more than twenty (20) public laws have been passed to bring us to our next action in what will undoubtedly be a turning point in Guam’s future history.

Guam law in this regard defines a Native Inhabitant as “a person who became a U.S. citizen by virtue of the authority and enactment of the 1950 Organic Act of Guam, or a descendant thereof.” and mandates that the Guam Election Commission establish the Guam Decolonization Registry “for the purposes of registering and recording the names of the Native Inhabitants of Guam.” (See Guam Code Annotated, Title 1, Chapter 21; Title 3, Chapters 20 and 21).

The “Decolonization Registry” will be used in a plebiscite defining Guam’s desired future political status as it relates to the United Nations and the United States of America as its “administering power”. Being registered in the Decolonization Registry and being registered to vote in Guam will qualify one to vote in that plebiscite.

As of August 16, 2011, the Guam Decolonization Registry has registered 4,765 Native Inhabitants.

If you and/or your family member(s) is/are a Native Inhabitant of Guam, and have not yet registered, please consider it very seriously. For more information, you may contact us either by telephone, email, or visit us in person.