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A More United Micronesia: An Economic Perspective

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By: Matthew Camacho Cruz
Our Island, Region, World
I have had the great fortune to live in Palau for many years as the manager of the Bank of Guam Palau Branch, and in my role at the bank have worked with the other Freely Associated States of Micronesia (FAS) – Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of the Marshall Islands. 
 
 
 

A Reflection from the Chamoru Diaspora

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By: Clarissa Mendiola
Our Island, Region, World
Approaching this essay, I feel it’s necessary to begin with an admission: I don’t know. My not knowing, my hesitance to embrace agency, stems from fear of not being Chamoru enough. My imposter syndrome is bred by the colonization of our people over hundreds of years, compounded by generational trauma inflicted by every imperialist who stole our ancestral land, beat our language from our mouths, and worked tirelessly to convince our people that we are not worthy. 
 
 
 

Looking Back: The Movement for Commonwealth

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By: Former Gov. Joseph F. Ada
Our Island, Region, World

For eight years, I had the honor of being I Maga’låhen Guåhan. During that time, my administration worked tirelessly on the Guam Commonwealth Act. This was an effort that spanned 15 years total where different administrations pushed the U.S. Federal Government to change our political status from that of an unincorporated territory, to one of a transitionary status as a commonwealth.