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Bring Our Ancestors Home Foundation

Foundation files lawsuits in U.S. District Court.

The Bring Our Ancestors Home Foundation today filed their complaints in the U.S. District Court in Honolulu to
secure ownership of the ancestral remains stored at the Bernice P. Bishop Museum.

According to foundation president, Norbert Perez, "It is so embarrassing that we have to take legal steps to secure ownership of
our ancestral bones and sacred artifacts, which were illegally taken from our islands in the 1920's. It is also very humiliating that our
leaders in the government of Guam feel no compassion and sensitivity for the plight of our citizenry to Bring Our Ancestors Home
so they can finally REST IN PEACE."

Seventy-Five years ago, the Bishop Museum, in cooperation with the Field Museum in Chicago, organized and funded a band of
scientists and anthropologists to raid each and every island in the Pacific and secure as much relics, artifacts and human remains
for collection inventory and research. The Thompson and Hornbostel expeditions visited our islands of Guahan, Rota, Tinian and
Saipan between 1920 and 1936, collecting over 300 sets of human remains and a significant number of sacred relics and artifacts,
including some of our monolithic latte stone monuments. These remains, relics and artifacts were transported from Guahan to Hawaii
and the mainland USA via U.S. Navy Transports....and have been here in Hawaii and in Chicago for over 75-years. What the Bishop
Museum and the Chicago Field Museum did to the Chamoris and the Pacific Islanders can be paralleled to the despicable acts of Aldoph
Hitler and Nazi Germany upon the Jewish people in Europe. The Nazis raided for gold, diamonds, paintings, and valuables while the
museums raided our gravesites, the most sacred and most valuable Pacific Island treasure...our dignity and honor as a people.

In 1990, we initiated a movement in Guahan to secure these ancestral remains, relics and sacred artifacts. Governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez
and Lt. Governor Madeleine Z. Bordallo, then senators at the time, convinced us not to sue the Bishop Museum because the government
of Guam was already taking steps for repatriation. They co-sponsored a Guam law to construct the "Naftan Manaina-ta" a place of honor where
the remains can be reinterred. That was Ten years ago. The Governor and Lt. Governor have been in the executive branch for over 5 years now,
yet nothing has been done. Here is a Public Law mandating the Division of Historic Preservation to identify property to construct the shrine and
effectuate an engineering and design plan. To this date....the department has no engineering and design plan and has yet to identify
a site for the construction of the Shrine.

Two years ago, when Korean Air Flight 801 crashed in Guam...this same Governor found it fitting to construct a shrine for the
Crash victims in less than six months....while the shrine for our own ancestors remained in limbo. This is major disgrace for the Taotao Tano'.

For Information:  Call: 1.808.839-5208
Bring Our Ancestors Home Foundation
3075 Ala Poha Place, #602
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818