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Fanohge Chamorro put i Tano'ta!

Save one of the most beautiful natural places on earth from senseless destruction!!!

The United States military has plans to take the beautiful island of Pagan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and use it as a live-fire training range. This will include full-spectrum weapons deployment: Aircraft gunnery, bombing, rocketry, missile delivery, strafing and mine laying, tank fighting, beach landings with amphibious craft and more. It will not only deprive the people of the Marianas of the use of their own land, it will destroy it. This is in addition to their plans to raise the level of live-fire and greatly increase the live-fire areas of Tinian island, which means bringing weapons such as mortars, howitzers, artillary, high explosive munitions and anti-tank weapons closer to the 3,000 islanders who live there. Help us stop this!

You can read the Department of the Navy's CNMI Joint Military Training Requirements and Siting Study here. It is clear that Pagan—like our island of Farallon de Medinilla, which the Navy has been bombing for 30 years—will no longer be inhabitable due to the unexploded ordinance. The beautiful beaches will be torn apart. The damage from rockets, missiles, bombs and mines will forever change the landscape of this indescribably beautiful place.

It is ironic that the reasons the study sites for making the island suitable for military use are the same reasons why Pagan is valuable for the people of the CNMI as a home and for eco and cultural tourism. The study describes the island as having no permanent inhabitants. This is not true. There is a Pagan community waiting on Saipan for the chance to go home. They visit Pagan every chance they get and stay as long as they can. The only hurtle stopping their permanent residency is the lack of investment funding for basic infrastructure—a tiny fraction of the expense that the US government would spend to transform Pagan into a target for destruction.

To the Chamorro and Refaluwasch people, the impact of destroying Pagan is like the heartache most Americans would suffer from the destruction of Yosemite National Park. The needless, terrible waste of one of the most beautiful, beloved places in the world should be stopped.

It is wrong to destroy an island of such beauty. It is wrong to deprive American citizens of their homes especially when they are too poor to defend themselves. It is wrong for the US government to negotiate an agreement in which the Commonwealth is created in exchange for an entire island to destroy (Farallon de Medinilla), two-thirds of Tinian for US Military use, parts of Saipan for military use, and then simply take another island, the fifth largest island that is our cultural and historic treasure. That was never in the Covenant Agreement that was negotiated in good faith by representatives of the Chamorro and Refaluwasch people of the Northern Marianas with the understanding that the United States both recognizes and respects "the importance of the ownership of land for the culture and traditions of the people of the Northern Mariana Islands" and the need to "to protect them against exploitation and to promote their economic advancement and self-sufficiency." The forced taking of additional land via "eminent domain" is a betrayal of this trust.

If the U.S. Military occupies this island, we will never get it back. You will never experience this incredible place with its black sand beaches, dramatic landscape, abundant indigenous birds, fruit bats, giant coconut crabs, its fresh water lakes and surrounding ocean teaming with fish and coral. Instead it will be destroyed with bombs more powerful than you can imagine. The surrounding waters will be polluted with runoff. Dangerous, unexploded ordinance will be scattered everywhere. This is your island where Chamorros lived for thousands of years. It is rich in history—our history. It is one of the last of our islands that is still environmentally healthy. It can support a small community again. One day you may get to visit it with your children or grandchildren. But not if the U.S. Military takes it and bombs the hell out of it for practice.

The US Military has already extensively bombed two Marianas islands for practice – Farallon de Medinilla and Aguijan. These islands are no longer inhabitable. The US has 3.79 million square miles of land. The CNMI only has 177 square miles. Of this, the US Military already controls 30.4 square miles. This is in to addition the land they have taken on Guam, which is 1/3 of the entire island.

How can you help?

Take action before this pristine and stunningly beautiful island is destroyed forever!

  1. Sign the petition.
  2. Spread the word to your friends and family by phone, email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media (use the links at the top of this page). Ask them to join you in standing up for the people of the Guam and the CNMI. If there is anyone you know who can help us—a politician, environmentalist, news reporter, U.S. Senator or House Representative—please contact them NOW!
  3. Be fully informed. Visit the Save Pagan Island website to learn more about this atrocity.
  4. Write an open letter expressing your opposition to U.S. Military's plans. Send it to PaganWatch@chamorro.com. We will publish it under a new tab entitled "Letters" that is coming soon.

Hear us!

Why is this issue important? Here are reasons that petition signers gave. Add your voice by signing the petition today!

"Keeping the world green!" — Leslie Syring, April 18, 2014


"The CNMI is my home and I will not tolerate that the US government wants to abuse our land and destroy my home. " — Rochelle Lynn Dimapilis, April 17, 2014


"It is a important island and it it well know for its beauty and their are species found no where on the world but Pagan. " — jerick hermoso, April 16, 2014


"This island is part of my home! For posterity!" — lou anna Vandermeid, April 16, 2014


"Our Islands are beautiful & Does not need to be destroyed by US Military" — Thomas Sablan, April 16, 2014


"We must not allow the destruction of habitat for native animals and plants, nor should we allow a beautiful island to be polluted and harmed. It is simply wrong. The earth is not ours to ruin and pollute." — Kare Strong, April 16, 2014


"I was a little boy who went to school and church in pagan in the early 80's . And I have a lot of good memories with family back then.
Please STOP military action. I believe pagan is one of the most beautiful places on earth and should not be use for military excersice." — Marvin Ada, April 16, 2014


"Preservation of history" — Patrick Dugan, April 16, 2014


"to help a friend" — Brian Winfield II, April 16, 2014


"I may be a US military service member, but I was born and raised in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. I lived on Saipan for 18 years before enlisting in the United States Air Force and have represented the island of Saipan.

There are members of the service who would like to come visit the islands and see the history that took place. Someday there won't be anything left for me to show them when they do visit and go island hopping with me. NOT cool." — Marie Joyce Seman, April 16, 2014


"Family Heritage and the raw natural beauty." — Jennifer Weimer, April 15, 2014


"Can't let what's left of the CNMI be destroyed. There are wildlife and ancient Chamorro artifacts that's should remain there. Let's preserve what we can! " — Marisa Untalan, April 15, 2014


"Because we need to stop destroying pristine Pacific Islands. There are enough firing ranges on the other islands already destroyed. " — Christine Pruski, April 12, 2014


"I am Chamorro!!" — Catherine Ledbeeter, April 12, 2014


"I am from the Island of Guam" — Amanda Bennett, April 12, 2014


"Dont you put your announce on my FB side! I did not allowed it.
" — Maurus Gmuer, April 11, 2014


"weil Natur wichtiger ist als Militär" — Kris Krois, April 11, 2014


"Why can't the military do their "live fire" exercises on islands they've already destroyed ecologically for this purpose? What is the need to destroy more islands and displace more people?" — Darren Abramson, April 11, 2014


"the small land-masses in the pacific are very important for global cultural and ecological issues. They are not just some small islands. Better use a place in your own country." — alfred banze, April 11, 2014


"This is important to me because I believe the members of the U.S. government/military feel they have the right to intrude on others' land at their free will. I would like to take part in squashing that assertion, especially on behalf of preserving the iota of true nature that's left." — Julia Smelyantsev, April 09, 2014


"Some places must be protected from the warmongers" — Emma Lewis, April 09, 2014


"Enough is Enough let us enjoy the land of our ancestors!" — dolores suzuki, April 09, 2014


"Pagan should be left alone as it is one of the few places left on earth whose natural habitat is nearly untouched. It should stay that way." — Camille Orallo, April 09, 2014


"This land and ecosystem is important to people I care about-- and I am adamantly opposed to ongoing military destruction on land that rightfully belongs to Indigenous peoples." — Mishuana Goeman, April 09, 2014


"I grew up in the Northern Marianas, and cherish the unique upbringing that I had there. The world needs more peaceful places and more undisturbed land, not more live-fire training grounds. " — Rossanne Arii, April 08, 2014


"Because I myself am a Pacific Islander and know the negative impacts of American Military target practice. " — Lulu DeBoer, April 08, 2014


"Save Pagan" — Vincent Manglona, April 08, 2014


"Why is this important to you? Ive seen the changes the military has made over several years taking up the most beautiful parts of our island. Please don't take this from us too." — chadel andresen, April 07, 2014


"We need to respect the unique environment of Pagan Island. Please do not destroy it." — Sandra Tracy, PhD, April 06, 2014


"We must preserve endangered species and avoid negatively impacting this beautiful, biologically and geologically diverse area of the world." — Livia Nowlin, April 05, 2014


"Love the Islands" — chuck brittain, April 05, 2014


"The Pagan Islanders should have a say. Too many of these islands have been damaged by military action. " — Elisabeth Gardiner, April 05, 2014


"we need to protect our islands! " — Aysia Santos, April 04, 2014


"I LOVE THE CHAIN OF THE CNMI AND I WOULD FOR ANYTHING TO PRESERVE IT " — Angeline Orsini, April 04, 2014


"For my children's children and future usage for my future generation of Kapileo and Ilo families" — Rayme Baybe Kapileo, April 04, 2014


"Native peoples have been pushed off of almost 99% of their homelands. Hands off the Pacific Islanders' homelands. It's not like the Marianas have vast expanses of land to begin with." — Vincent Davis, April 03, 2014


"Endangered species" — Catherine Lewis, April 03, 2014


"Actually, I was searching Google maps for locations related to their April 1st Pokeman "game" (unusual activity for me). As volcano's were used in the search process I became fascinated by the geography and began to research some of these locations. There fore coming across environmental issues potentially facing Pagan Island. After more reading than I planned, I am writing in support of the petition I have signed and submitted. Thank you." — Anne Erwin, April 03, 2014


"These Islands of the Northern Marianas is our ancestral grounds. Let me introduce myself. I am the President of the Chamorro Club. This organization runs in a high school called Marianas High School. Our guide to preserving our culture states in our club name. Guma MHS POLKSAI Chamorro Club. POLKSAI meaning protehi, onra, lengguahi, kuttura, saipan, ataha, inasa. The moral of these words assures us that we must protect and preserve our culture and as generations go by, I for one and probably the community would like to see their children attain any knowledge of our blood and blood land. Now all of this that's about to go down on the Islands of the Northern Marianas will turn the land to a chemical wasteland. Just to say I'm 17 years old and still I would like to know more about my culture. I feel that it is slipping away and as if you're dropping a bomb on us. Don't take these islands away from us please. You really won't know how much something is worth until it's all lost. I hope these matters are contemplated about to those who find the Islands as a worthless historical ground." — David Muna, April 03, 2014


"This is important for many reasons (spiritual, cultural, historical, biological, ecological, environmental, geological, etc.). The desecration, pollution, devastation and destruction caused by the U.S. military on our own island of Vieques, as well as other islands throughout the world, cannot be allowed to happen on Pagan Island. Pagan Island deserves to be maintained and preserved as a legacy for past, present and future generations." — Joanna Soto-Aviles, April 03, 2014


"Paradise lost if they bomb." — Jon Branch, April 03, 2014


"I used to live in Saipan, and had a glorious opportunity to visit Pagan many years ago. It is an incredible beautiful island, not to mention that it is home to threatened and endangered species, and has historical value. The US military should not have the right to destroy the island." — Qamar Schuyler, April 03, 2014


"I Live on the beautiful island of Guam. Our Guam rail is practically extinct, we have no fruit bats and there are other animals that are endangered. Coming from an island i know the beauty it has to offer. Pagan is our neighbor, my neighbor. They do not need to destroy an island with natural beauty!" — Hillary Acfalle, April 03, 2014


"PROTECT, RESPECT, Nature and Culture!
Man cannot replace what it chooses to destroy on OUR ONE and ONLY Earth! " — Yeole Hanohano, April 02, 2014


"Peoples homes are at stake. I don't agree with this at all. It seems unethical to me." — Kahim Sturgis, April 02, 2014


"Pagan Island is the 'Crown Jewel' of the Marianas Islands and must be protected." — Jean Naples, April 02, 2014


"well,its " — ivalani doses, April 02, 2014


"It is simply wrong to force those who would be native to the island to give up the land due to a lack of resources. Let the military find some other place for target practice." — Crystal Cassidy, April 02, 2014


"Save Pagan" — Frank Jr. Olopai, March 27, 2014


"We only have one Earth It is our responsibility to protect it for future generations." — Jason Wright, March 27, 2014


"Displacing human lives and property for a practice military firing ground? Please..." — Jeaneen Kurtz, March 26, 2014


"This would never be allowed directly on US soil to exploit Pagan in this way is more than unreasonable. Why destroy a new and relatively pristine island when Farallon de Medinilla has already been bombed? Look as the expense that has been put into cleanup of Guam since WWII, after Pagan’s destruction will the US government work 70 plus years to reestablish this island as well?" — Paul Taylor, March 25, 2014


"As a Stewart of the Earth and its resources, it is very important to me to actively insist that the environment be saved from the destructive activity of all organizations, including the Military." — Stanley Lewis, March 25, 2014


"Because if we don't care enough to save it, who will?" — Janine Nogis, March 22, 2014


"Why should the military use this island for their "purposes"? This is part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. A natural beautiful island from Rota all the way to Maug. We are not a US Territory.....yet. This island and the rest are potential Tourists sites...not fit for bombings, drills and any other future plans of the Military. They go to Guam and do their plans on the mountains of Umatac." — Rosa Oronigo Pehnos, March 16, 2014


"STOP THIS MILITARY MADNESS! SAVE LIFE - D'ONT DESTROY IT!" — Amy Harlib, March 11, 2014


"I occasionally write about the Pacific islands as part of my job. This region has already suffered so much as a result of the carelessness of richer countries. It is now bearing the brunt of climate change that it did not cause. The military has already destroyed enough in this part of the world - the fact that it is seeking out new ecologically pristine habitats such as Pagan to play more war games on is unacceptable. The biodiversity of the island alone and its many endangered species should make it off limits for this sort of abuse. Please abandon these plans." — Katie Dawson, March 11, 2014


"The US government need sto stop entire Marians island chain as their personal property to use as they wish. To think that these islands aren't whorth anything more than a place to drop bombs or allow foreign countries to dump radioactive waste is an insult to the Chamorro people and others who call these islands Home is an insult. Maybe it's time to change the political status with the USA. " — Daniel Schuneman, March 09, 2014


"For the future of our Island kids." — Joseph Espinosa, March 02, 2014


"Save this beautiful for our children. Let us promote this island as a tourist destination, especially ECO Tourist. Let mine the Pozzalan to start payihg the government' liabilities to the Retirement Fund." — Juan M. Sablan, February 28, 2014


"Respect the native peoples & the land & its fauna. Hands off!" — Jody Snyder, February 25, 2014


"One of the last non-commercial non-inhabited paradise places on earth needs be preserved so future generations can experience such a pristine place if they choose. Let us make it into a national park or commonwealth park." — Robert Laurie, February 23, 2014


"I would think the military could run enough computer simulations now that blowing up live ordinance to see if it works is obsolete." — Mark Abildgaard, February 21, 2014


"save earth" — robert t christensen, February 20, 2014


"The Pagan Volcano has a huge impact on earth and it has been apart of earths history for a while now. It is not time for it to go " — Jake Allgeier, February 19, 2014


"Our children need a future. This is important, this is a must." — Kathia Rota, February 19, 2014


"stop to distroy mother nature" — Edoardo Rota, February 19, 2014


"I love life!" — Rooert Burrowes, February 19, 2014


"The American military has already destroyed so much of Hawaiʻi; I would hate for that to happen anywhere else." — Lilikala Kameeleihiwa, February 17, 2014


"Safe the beauty of the land and the water surround " — Rosa Sablan, February 16, 2014


"One of the few location in Guam where the Pass has left it alone for it natural Beauty that even today, we can look back and see the Pass Guam where if it is to be use by the U.S. Military, will be Destroyed forever. To the U.S. Military and the Federal Government, The Andersen Airforce Base has sufficient real estate to accommodate what is needed for a Firing Range, USE IT, and LEAVE Pagat alone. " — Michael Mafnas, February 16, 2014


"To save a beautiful place on earth" — Lester Held, February 16, 2014


"I was raised in the Northern Marianas Islands. " — Jennifer Galloway, February 16, 2014


"Pagan is a part of our families' history! My great grandparents and my grandfather were born and raised on Pagan! " — Clarice Lowe, February 15, 2014


"Save bio diversity." — Quyen Kay, February 15, 2014


"It is part of my culture and my ancestry. The Chamorro culture has already lost so much of what it had due to the movement of Western and European cultures into the Pacific. Please do not let another aspect of this culture disappear. Do not erase another part of my ancestors lives. " — Lauren Lowe, February 15, 2014


"My Grand Father was born on Pagan. My Great Grand Parents were from Pagan." — Colin Scablands Lowe, February 14, 2014


"We'll have another Bikini Island type of event. That would be terrible. Definitely, especially, unequivocally say NO to using Pagan for target practice. " — Eric Uhden, February 12, 2014


"This land is meant to be a sanctuary island in the Marianas along with some of the other Marianaa islands. Let it be as God created it and intended it to be. These islands were not created by the Creator for man to destroy.
Adahi I Fina'tinas i Saina, yan i nina'i-na na tano' siha, " — Mina Sablan, February 08, 2014


"Its important because the US military have proven themselves to be the worst enemy of our environment and desecrators of indigenous countries and its people." — Puanani Rogers, February 03, 2014


"no need to destroy this diverse and ecological paradise" — Brian Sanson, January 31, 2014


"There is nothing more than insanity in wanting to destroy a natural island habitat for occupying creatures on land, in the air and sea. Send the Marines to Mars or Venus to play with their war toys! " — james Michie, January 29, 2014


"Northern Islands are for Carolinians, not US military..." — Griffith Jones, January 27, 2014


"Cause nature shouldn't be a place we ruin for such a stupid reason." — Pete Wade, January 21, 2014


"Haven't we already destroyed enough islands? Just because an island doesn't seem inhabited does not mean that it is ours for the taking. There are people who live on this island and would live on this island if given the basic resources. Save some money and give the inhabitants supplies so we can use the rest to try to fix this economy." — Zachary Vandeventer, January 21, 2014


"Don't we have other islands that we've been bombing for decades? Why pick a new one?" — James Vandeventer, January 21, 2014


"Pagan is beautiful, we have ruined enough places like that with nuclear testing." — Thomas Campbell, January 18, 2014


"Because i love our natural environment." — Cathy Lisua-Mihkel, January 14, 2014


"Former resident of Rota and the CNMI who feels the people of the CNMI and the United States should have a voice in this matter" — Braden Clemeshaw, January 13, 2014


"For my Children and my grandchildren" — Lourdes Taimanao, January 12, 2014


"military use not needed.keep this paradise as it is" — TIM FOOTMAN, January 10, 2014


"We need to conserve ecologically diverse islands. The military has plenty of places it has can use for live fire already." — Dave Strickland, January 07, 2014


"I grew up in Hawai`i. The destruction of Kaho`olawe is something I will always regret. Please don't inflict such damage on another island. It is morally unjustifiable. Those who propose to turn a landscape into a live fire range should ask if they would approve of such an action in the place where they grew up-- and if so, please go ahead and propose it there." — James Rhoads, January 07, 2014


"There is no good reason to destroy the most beautiful places on Earth!" — Jonathan Woods, January 01, 2014


"This is wrong. Please consider signing this petition to help preserve this land, its history and its people." — Natalie Taitano, December 31, 2013


"STOP THE MILITARY" — JOSE JAVIER ARMERO, December 30, 2013


"the importance of signing this petition is to ensure that the beauty of pagan stays the same. I do not have any animosity with the US military but in Pagan there is a wide variety of wildlife and beautiful tropical flowers that does not exist anymore in our island of Guam. Please sign this petition so that we together can protect this beautiful island. Dangkolo na Si Yu'us Ma'ase." — bernadette aldan, December 23, 2013


"Preservation of this beautiful island will have an impact on future generations. Why can't the United States Military find areas within the Continental U.S to have live fire exercise?" — Paul Santos, December 19, 2013


"I don't want my tax dollars (or anyone's) to be used to invade and bomb a beautiful island." — Janet Weil, December 18, 2013


"I'm tired of the destruction of this beautiful planet that was created for us to live on and enjoy. Taking peoples homes and cultures away from them just to have to be able to veiw the severity of devistation their bombs and sonars cause. There has to be already uninhabited (animals & humans) that they can destroy or use places they have already destroyed..It's called recycling ..." — Wanda Stiles, December 18, 2013


"I was born and raised on Saipan and only after I moved away to boarding school did I truly realise and appreciate the beauty of the islands. Such natural beauty needs to be preserved and kept intact for everyone to enjoy." — Nava Khorram, December 11, 2013


"Free Pagan from the military!" — Eden Lord, December 11, 2013


"I am a Native Hawaiian and my people struggled to STOP the U.S military bombing of one of our islands called Kaho'olawe. We have already experienced one possible future that Pagan Island could encounter if the US. military is allowed to use Pagan Island as a training area.
Trust me it will not be good!!" — Jaynie Stone, December 11, 2013


"It is where we belong, and where we will return to. It's our home, and home to all our indigenous people. We built our homes on it, planted foods on it, and raised livestock on it that keeps multiplying today. It is our home and we intend to keep...and protect it from annihilation." — Emeterio Saures, December 11, 2013


"This is dangerous and an insult to Island life and culture. They talk about colonialism like it is in the past when it comes to the pacific islands but that is clearly not the case." — Sione Lister, December 10, 2013


"If we keep blowing up and trashing our environment in the name of defense, there soon won't be anything worth defending!" — Alexandra Kerr, December 10, 2013


"This is important to me because I believe that the U.S. government is misrepresenting the view of its people." — Anthony Nipert, December 07, 2013


"Land is sacred. We should never take it from people who are native to it and have roots, ancestors, and great respect for it. We should never use it for military use." — Alida Cardos Whaley, December 05, 2013


"The United States should not damage or destroy tropical lives of people and animals! test bomb on your own motherland!" — vinni orsini, December 05, 2013


"they are infesting everything!" — kenneth jr., December 04, 2013


"This is my homeland. This is the land of my ancestors. This land is sacred!" — Lasia Casil, December 04, 2013


"I have worked in the Northern Marianas and being from Hawaii, I was excited for the people to have the opportunity to increase their living standards with eco and other tourism. We finally stopped bombing Kaho'olawe--30+ yrs ago--but it is still not inhabited, not by Hawaiians or even tourists. It would be such a step in the right direction if indigenous peoples could re-inhabit their lands." — Dana Johnston, December 03, 2013


"This is important because I am a Chamorro and preserving my homeland should be important to me." — Nicole Calvo, December 03, 2013


"I have visited this island twice in recent years. It has a truly amazing biodiversity and is a haven for mariners and wildlife alike. To be made a no-go area and trashed by the military would disadvantage all persons" — Walter Mayne, November 30, 2013


"There are hundreds of existing sites perfectly suited to host these Military exercises. The additional acquisition of indigenous lands from natives is cruel and unjust." — Chris LeonGuerrero, November 29, 2013


"Nothing but destruction and pollution and health hazards will follow...." — Brandon Mardon, November 28, 2013


"Because US colonialism is something I want to see reversed or at least not continued any further." — Elliat Graney-Saucke, November 28, 2013


"I care about the environment" — Kellie Ciochon, November 27, 2013


"This island is a gem and should not be damaged." — Brad Schaefer, November 27, 2013


"Pagan is one of the last remaining natural wonders to still exist in the CNMI, let us keep this island treasure for future generations." — Johnny Aldan, November 27, 2013


"The Mariana islands & Islanders are one!" — Chris Roberto, November 27, 2013


"Because the Ocean does not divide us, it Connects us." — Maximilian Bardella, November 27, 2013


"IT BELONGS TO THE ISLANDERS, NOT TO THE US GOVT" — ramona shelly, November 26, 2013


"This island is history to my ancestry background, history that is being depleted and deleted from this earth by the day." — Vincent Cepeda, November 26, 2013


"I do not support the proposed Mariana Islands Training and Testing activities. I recommend the ‘No Action Alternative.’ However, my recommendation of this alternative does not mean I support the ongoing training activities already occurring in the Mariana Islands. The Navy’s training and testing activities pose severe threats to our islands.”
You may choose to proceed with specific reason for choosing not to support training and testing activities" — Sabrina Chen, November 25, 2013


""the “Crown Jewel” of the Marianas, is again slated for certain environmental devastation, this time by a proposal from the U.S. Military to use it for “live-fire training” which includes everything from artillery to bombing."

ENOUGH OF THESE IDIOTIC WAR GAMES YOU STUPID AMERICAN IDIOTS!!!" — Daniel Jost, November 24, 2013


"The US military has already destroyed so many beautiful islands. Not one more!" — Rev. Deborah Lee, November 24, 2013


"I was born and raised in the islands of the Pacific. Please don't interrupt the beauty, serenity, history, and natural life that is the Pagan Island" — Shaylin Salas, November 22, 2013


"We need to save natural places like this. We don't need to destroy the planet to "Practice" how we plan to defeat enemies. And of course because all the trees and plant life are important to our eco system." — Ashley Hinkle, November 22, 2013


"stop spoiling beautiful wild places for your war games!" — Serena Castaldi, November 21, 2013


"This is an insane plan. Why can't the us military just go back to one of the places they've already destroyed and run their maneuvers there?" — nancy stein, November 21, 2013


"Because these lands already BELONG to people. Generations of them! And the militarization of those islands take away their history with land." — Kiana Fuega, November 21, 2013


"preserving the beauty of the land" — jove jenn taman, November 20, 2013


"The land belongs to the people of the Mariana Islands and not the US Military!" — Iris Carrera, November 20, 2013


"I live in Hawaii, I know how fragile island ecosystems are." — Cathy Granholm, November 19, 2013


"you have other islands already !!!" — richard wallace, November 19, 2013


"beauty should not be ruined" — Kaysha-Rae Tyquiengco, November 18, 2013


"to protect and carry on what our ancestors gave us." — Swanson Borja, November 18, 2013


"My partner's ancestors lived on this island. it is sacred. Stop bombing my planet!" — Katie Sue Campbell, November 18, 2013


"Protection of marine life!!" — Leigh Willmore, November 17, 2013


"Islands unmarred by human hands should be left that way, not bombed. Protect it like the Galapagos, don't destroy it to test some new weapon for another war this world doesn't need." — Jaime Zapata, November 17, 2013


"People (and wildlife) live here. Period. Play fight somewhere else!" — Nichelle Alderson, November 17, 2013


"PROTECTING OUR ANCESTRIAL LANDS!" — Juanita Salinas-Aguila, November 16, 2013


"Indigenous justice & peace. All people have the right to the land and water." — Luzviminda Carpenter, November 16, 2013


"I want to support all Pacific Island causes. It's time to for all indigenous people to have control of their lands." — Shanti Narruhn, November 15, 2013


"Being from Guam, I am well aware of the number of native bird species that have been destroyed by the introduction of brown tree snakes. Many of these bird species still exist on Pagan, as well as other animals such as the fanihi, or Mariana fruit bat. Destroying Pagan means endangering these species further, possibly rendering some or all extinct." — Sean Forbes, November 15, 2013


"Recently visited Pagan and its a amazing place! would hate to see anything happen to it!" — Evan Thompson, November 15, 2013


"I am from the CNMI, and I do not want to see one of our beautiful islands turned into a bomb testing site. These beautiful islands have seen enough of the devastation of war." — Katy Johnson, November 15, 2013


"Why destroy a beautiful island? How arrogant!" — Jennifer Kent, November 15, 2013


"I'm signing this because the CNMI is my home.." — Jessica ann Anderson, November 15, 2013


"My Grandmother was born and raised there. It is one of our island history that should not be ruined or destroyed for testing reasons." — Jessica Sablan, November 15, 2013


"I would like to see an island that has not been tainted with modernization or any development. Furthermore, the natural resources that are on the island are irreplaceable if outside forces were to the destroy the naturalness of the island." — lorenda fuhlrodt, November 15, 2013


"US must stop using the rest of the world as its playground for war games and respect the sovereign and human rights of other peoples." — Jo Errey, November 14, 2013


"Outrage! Military should be finding better ways to conduct its business rather than destroying the beauty that is left in this world." — Hanaan Rosenthal, November 14, 2013


"I am from saipan another island in the cnmi. Please don't destroy pagan, you already did this to one of our other island." — tyarah langdon, November 14, 2013


"I'm Chamorro and I care about the Pacific Islands. What the military is doing to the islands is not right and needs to be stopped." — MarLa Perez, November 14, 2013


"These military plans hurt my feelings and rights deeply." — guochou shi, November 14, 2013


"These plans trample on the rights of the inhabitants. This is just wrong." — Linda Gross, November 14, 2013


"I am a U.S. Soldier and been serving my country for the past 15 years. After serving my country and representing my island home of Guahan, I would like to retire knowing that our island chain is protected. As a Chamorro I would like to one day sail island to island and enjoy the wonders of its beauty. I understand the need to be trained and ready to fight our nations wars, but don't let it be at the expense of a tiny ancestral island we call home. Si Yu'us en fan binendise." — Gerry Tedtaotao Balabagno, November 14, 2013


"Pagan is a part of home and very dear to my heart. Its a part of me. Doing that to Pagan will be exactly like the same thing they did to Kahoolawe of the Hawai´i Islands." — wehilani atalig, November 14, 2013


"I am a fellow chamorro from the CNMI. Pagan is part of the 14 islands that make up the CNMI and I help support them." — Jasmine Blesoch, November 14, 2013


"As a Chamorro I am outrage that out sacred lands are being used in this way. Biba Chamoru! Biba Pagan!" — Peter Toves, November 14, 2013


"I grew up in those waters. A huge part of who I am and the best memories I have as a child, live in those waters and on that land. Many other people who share that, as well as creatures and inhabitants, call Pagan "home". It's beauty and history were not created for the purpose of target practice at the disposal of man. We have enough tragedy and loss to last us an eternity, please leave this stone unturned." — Karina Ludwig, November 13, 2013


"Please dont destroy this beautiful land for war games!" — Perla Cavazos, November 13, 2013


"Because all lands are sacred and just because we are a minority, this does not mean we can be taken advantaged of and disrespected." — Aguarin Iriarte, November 13, 2013


"Our islands are scared why use it for acts of war or to say the start." — Jose Lizama, November 13, 2013


"I live in the pacific and do not want our environment destroyed for stupid weapons that will likely only kill innocent people anyway." — Matthew Gardner, November 13, 2013


"biba chamoro" — Christopher Aguon, November 13, 2013


""Our Islands are Sacred" I am a Chamorro woman who has pride in her islands' history and future; hence, I would to save whats currently in existence for the future. Why should we allow the US military to yet again use more of the Mariana Islands, or any Oceanic island as a testing ground? Do they not recall what has happened to the Pacific Islands in the past - not just to the human beings themselves, but the land and the wild and ocean life animals. Are we supposed to forget what had happened in Bikini Islands, and its effects? Etc!!!" — JamieLynn Mantanona, November 13, 2013


"I have friends who liv ein the Northern Marianna Islands." — Niha Jain, November 13, 2013


"Preserving the natural beauty and wonder of the few island nations is of paramount importance for generations to come." — Rachel French, November 13, 2013


"A beautiful, diverse habitat should not be destroyed by any military. It deserves to be cared for and sustained by its indigenous people" — Megan Graham, November 12, 2013


"Ive worked on Kaho'olawe and the destruction I have witnessed should not happen to any other island again." — Shannah Young, November 12, 2013


"It is irresponsible and wrong. I am Chamorro and this should stop now. Us should use desolate areas of other countries that we give a lot of aid. Why destroy a piece of paradise? There are many existing test sites that are sufficient for military needs. There should be no reason to add to the list of islands destroyed by US military. We are all aware of the environmental and cultural impact and none of this can be measured in our lifetime. I protest this blatant disregard of the right of the indigenous people, Chamorro's, to have an opinion on what directly affects our right to freedom." — Jesse Sablan, November 12, 2013


"The Marianas Islands and her people have historically lost so much due to outside political forces. Please stop taking from those who have given generously but do not have much left to give." — Diane Mitchell, November 12, 2013


"It is crucial to protect this fragile ecosystem and the people who live there." — Naomi Fisher, November 12, 2013


"spouse's family are native to the region" — TODD REEBER, November 12, 2013


"Preservation of these natural treasures is more important to me than military exercises." — Richard Pendleton, November 12, 2013


"What will we have left to teach our children at this rate? Think of our culture, our heritage, our ancestors, our future childrens children, our EARTH! Please preserve this island and stop the military!" — Dena Rendon, November 12, 2013


"Our culture and our land is sacred to us, to the people. What will we have left to show the generations after us, if not craters and expelled brass that was over looked. We have to preserve our island and our culture. Destroying the island is not and should not be an option." — Christina Adelbai, November 12, 2013


"Who are we to deprive future generations of Pagan? The U.S. Military needs to think beyond destruction." — Desmond Wilson, November 12, 2013


"The military and war, at best, is the lesser of two evils that we accept because it minimizes the effect of destructive people. If we can't develop and train our military without causing unnecessary destruction, we've already lost in the grand scheme of things." — Noah Ahmed, November 12, 2013


"It's important to me because signing off Pagan to become a "live fire range" as described above is, more accurately, to allow the obliteration of precious land that people call home. This is simply wrong. It is especially unjust as those that consider Pagan home have never shed aggression to the world, let alone the type of aggression that the artillery and bombing of Pagan promotes. In the larger picture, there will inevitably be adverse effects from such destruction - environmentally and socially -- to the communities in the region that will likely be irreversible. My children, and yours, do not deserve such consequences. They deserve better." — Nic Groves, November 12, 2013


"Please don't destroy our planet for military reasons. It's inhuman. Leave Pagan Island alone please." — E B, November 11, 2013


"PPeople losing their homes to the environment and we will blow an island up?" — Numangatini Mackenzie, November 11, 2013


"Sacred lands shall remain sacred" — David Perreira, November 11, 2013


"You can't replace this natural beauty. Look what happened to Kahoolawe Island in Hawaii." — Jesse Babauta, November 11, 2013


"Unique habitat and there is no reason to destroy it." — Devin Cumpston, November 11, 2013


"I am a Chamoru who lives in Rhode Island, and strongly believe in the indigenous rights of Chamorus to protect the CNMI from environmental devastation. I also believe that the environmental toll of US military operations has a lasting and detrimental effect on the health of our entire population." — H. Yvette Koch, DAc, November 11, 2013


"OUR ISLANDS ARE SACRED !!" — EMILIA ROSE HEUTON, November 11, 2013


"We have no right to destroy that ecosystem!" — Don Bass, November 11, 2013


"It is wrong to destroy, we have enough training areas already." — Lee Dooley, November 11, 2013


"This is important to me because the only thing as important as preserving our culture and people is preserving our land." — Kyle Tenorio, November 11, 2013


"Chamorro" — Ray Torres, November 11, 2013


"It's time to protect our world, focus resources on those in need and demilitarize." — Graeme Auhl, November 11, 2013


"No person has the right to rape and pillage this world." — Lupin Skellein, November 11, 2013


"Not another lost culture, not another dying language. Keep the islands clean of this pollution." — Jewel Lazaro, November 11, 2013


"I dislike war, I like nature." — Eric Crossley, November 11, 2013


"Fanggogue I Tano'-måmi!" — Brandon Cruz, November 11, 2013


"The Pacific is not a playground for US militarism" — Adam Sharah, November 11, 2013


"why destroy a paradise?" — Kevin Fichtler, November 11, 2013


"This is important to me because Pagan is a very beautiful island, and it would be a waste to blow it up." — Jovic Caasi, November 11, 2013


"Because it is vital to the survival of the planet" — Ashlry Tester, November 11, 2013


"This is important to me because I'm a human being with a conscience and this is wrong. In what way can it be right to destroy our own planet. Quit terrorizing our world, its ecosystems, and its people! This makes me sad to be a veteran." — Jamie Laurnoff, November 11, 2013


"Peace" — Corey Little, November 11, 2013


"Because it's a beautiful island with a lot of life still left on it." — Michael Grajek, November 11, 2013


"A running trend in U.S. military's disregard for the well-being of people, when they expect to protect people (it's only a 'certain' people.) Absolutely irresponsible. I stand with the Pagan Islands." — Haruko Hashimoto, November 11, 2013


"HEY!! Corporate US Military. THE WORLD HAS HAD ENOUGH OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!" — FRANCISCO VERNAL, November 11, 2013


"We need to preserve the land for any animal life that inhabits the island---including any human-life that may want to live there!" — Marie Barretto, November 11, 2013


"Ignoring indigenous people and devastating entire ecosystems is NOT okay. Have some humanity!" — Emily Hsieh, November 11, 2013


"Standing in solidarity to protect Pacific Island(er)s, because our islands are part of us as peoples of the ocean. Militarization is another form of violence on the minds and bodies of Pacific peoples." — Lee Kava, November 11, 2013


"because I don't want to see this natural habitat detroyed" — kim gibler, November 11, 2013


"The Marianas Islands is my home...and the military knows no bounds or respect to destroy on of very few Marianas Islands...when they practically own the rest of them!!! Limiting our indigenous peoples right to their own God given land..only to return it in ruins and contamination!!! STOP This now!!! Make them go the desert in CA or Arizona...stop killing off our islands!!!" — cecily bishop, November 10, 2013


"there are people living there! and ecological diversity!" — emer mckenna, November 10, 2013


"I am from Guam in the Marianas. The U.S. Must not be allowed to conduct live fire training on Pagan. The island and islanders should be left in peace" — Antoinette Valla, November 10, 2013


"To keep the colorfulness of the World and stop making unimportant acts by nations, like military execises." — Endre Gyertyanos, November 10, 2013


"I am from Guam and have learned of the devastating impacts live fire training can leave to an entire ecosystem...all of the Pacific. It is morally and ethicallyy wrong." — Angela Hoppe-Cruz, November 10, 2013


"Senseless destruction of the planet needs to cease. We have to spend energy restoring rather than destroying" — Tony Milton, November 10, 2013


"Because the preservation of our natural resources takes precedence over military testing." — Thomas Johnson, November 10, 2013


"Because I am Chamorro, because my roots are traced here, and because the US government is a bunch of fools who have never felt the beauty of being in tune with nature." — Chanel Salazar, November 10, 2013


"Because beautiful islands, people, etc. are not meant to be bombed. Didn't we learn this lesson a long time ago?" — Annie Murphy, November 10, 2013


"The US military needs to understand that land is not a piece of worthless plastic that can be destroyed. Unlike that material, earth cannot be made again. They need to stop bombing everything that they think isn't important. If they need to practice bombing, do it on the White House lawn and deal with those after effects." — Ashlie Duarte-Smith, November 10, 2013


"The U.S. military has not shown good stewardship of the lands they have taken from the indigenous people of my island. They shouldn't be allowed to take another inch of land until they can remedy the damage they have already done." — Christopher Imler, November 10, 2013


"inhumane act" — Geraldine Datuin, November 10, 2013


"to preserve the chamoru culture and mariana islands any way possible." — Joaquin Sablan, November 10, 2013


"I am from Guam and I've seen the military take the best land of my island when I was growing up. They have since returned some land but I feel for Pagan Island being taken over by the military for no good purpose but destruction of the island environmentally." — EDMUND FLORES, November 10, 2013


"The indigenous rights and the environmental diversity" — Jeff Best, November 09, 2013


"I am Chamorro and the Marianas is my home." — Jessica Sablan, November 09, 2013


"Why is life important? Why is bombing/killing/destroying bad? Anyone who can't understand the self-evident abuse of the planet here needs to locked away from all living things for 1 year, then allowed to see a solitary dandelion. They'll be so overwhelmed by the beauty they will be ashamed of their previous desire to kill!" — Jonathan A Lien, November 09, 2013


"CNMI inhabitants have endured numerous occupations and have been used and abused enough. The military wouldn't get away with these plan on the mainland, why should they get away with it there? Do they value the Chamorro and other CNMI people less? For shame." — Heather Hadley, November 09, 2013


"This land and its resources are not for taking. Respect our environment.
#OurIslandsAreSacred
#SavePaganIsland" — Tiara Naputi, November 09, 2013


"stop the destruction to human habitat!" — Tian Tan, November 09, 2013


"Because the Pacific is not a testing site for the US military!" — Alison Hadley, November 09, 2013


"I promote in saving the island of Pagan." — Janessa Leon Guerrero, November 09, 2013


"We don't need anymore of our lands stolen from us!!!" — Dave Sablan, November 09, 2013


"Because our islands are sacred." — John Meta Sarmiento, November 09, 2013


"There are already dead islands and barren areas of the continental US which are suitable for this purpose. Destroying or damaging this place would be a crime against nature if ever there was one." — Colin Kelly, November 09, 2013


"Not allowing the descendants of Pagan to return to their homeland is a crime. The one thing they aren't making on this planet anymore is land, so why would we destroy more of it???" — Lorraine Murphy, November 09, 2013


"My grandfather's family farmed and fished at Pagan. Grandpa was born there along with many of Chamorros' ancestors. To date the island provides for the people of the Marianas.Turning it into a firing/bombing range is so wrong for many reasons dear to the people." — Edward Catahay, November 09, 2013


"Protecting and preserving our culture." — Andrew Savage, November 09, 2013


"This place is a landmark just the simple beauty of the place is historical and a peaceful place to the islanders we dont need stupid military shit on it cause they are just overruning what beauty we have left on the island" — Hiroki Guzman, November 09, 2013


"The u.s. military has no business using ANY PACIFIC ISLAND as a testing ground. They know testing causes much devastation that is why they choose to do it elsewhere instead of their own country (which isn't even theirs. STAY OUT!!!" — michael taijeron, November 09, 2013


"NO MORE!" — Sharon Willeford, November 09, 2013


"If you want to ensure your national security, then take your tropps out of the rest of the world and defend your borders from within. train your troops, test your weapons of mass destruction within your borders. lets see how many us citizens will support your terror then. We say NO!! SAVE PAGAN! FREE THE MARIANA ISLANDS!" — Kie Susuico, November 09, 2013


"Love thy neighbor." — Edd Lacuata, November 09, 2013


"it is the home of my ancestors and culture" — HOWARD GUTIERREZ, November 09, 2013


"Natural Beauty and Habitat will never be replaced." — Felix Chaco, November 09, 2013


"If you can tell me why the US military does not want to perform these tests on American heartland soil, then you'll know why I don't believe that the tests should be conducted on Pagan Island." — Brandon Lee, November 09, 2013


"Born and raised in Hawaii and I have seen the damage military has done to an island and ones home by 'practicing'." — Tash Pagdilao, November 09, 2013


"This is important to me because I was born and raised on Guam. Moving to Los Angeles in 2010, I have realized more and more how different and special the island of Guam is. With the enormous military presence and the strong Western influence, its extremely important to protect and preserve what is left of the island, people, and culture.
BIBA GUAHAN!!!!" — Jason Jabinigay, November 09, 2013


"With out our land and ocean we won't exist as a people or a culture. Do not destroy what makes us who we are. We have a right as people from this land and ocean to protect it and its inhabitants. I petition this military occupation especially for the development of war. We want peace for our land, ocean, and people all around the world. So NO to testing, bombing firing range, and occupation of our islands for any military use. Why don't we fund Peace instead of war for a change." — Jared Catahay, November 09, 2013


"We must save this sacred place." — marianna pinchot, November 08, 2013


"The same thing happened to the Hawaiian Island of Kahoolawe years ago, until a caring group of individuals stood together and demanded that the bombs stop being dropped. Now it is in the process of being cleaned up and transformed once again back into a haven of beauty. Enough of the devastation and destruction already. It's high time to bring protection back into a sensitive ecosystem and allow LIFE to flourish once again. Go drop your bombs and blow up things someplace else and let your conscience be your guide (if you have one)." — Brent S, November 07, 2013


"War and the makers/supporters of war (militarization) can only do 1 thing" — 0, November 06, 2013


"Is this a real question? why do i think a beautiful place with thousands of wild life in danger should not be poisoned?
the military industrial complex had lost its mind!!!NO punishment or accountability for destroying the last sacred places?????" — ADRIENNE KOVACS, November 05, 2013


"we need to protect our island for our future generation" — MELISSA DIAZ, November 05, 2013


"It is completely unncecessary. There are many ways to test weapons systems without destroying a unique ecology." — John Crawford, November 03, 2013


"We destroyed part of the Marshall Islands to test the atom bomb eighty years ago, and we are still apologizing for it.
There is a sizable comunity of Marshalleese, whose home we destroyed, living here in Arkansas. They don't fit here, they are unhappy and make their neighbors unhappy.

Learn from our mistakes. Don'd destroy the homes of Pacific Islanders.

There is no good place to do these tests and exercises. We cannot afford to spend so much on the military, in any case. Our government should look for more peaceful, more sustainable solutions to our international problems." — Doris Dehne, November 03, 2013


"The beauty in the earth is important to me." — Gail Caiola, November 02, 2013


"Because if it is really necessary to do these kinds of exercises they can find much more desolate/non-living targets. What a waste! Completely stupid plan." — Michael Fantuzzi, November 02, 2013


"Wild life is SACRED!" — Laurs Rodrigálvarez, November 02, 2013


"Haven't enough places of paradise in Oceania been severely environmentally damaged, if not destroyed in some cases?? This would be outrageous violation of the island's native inhabitants, and an environmental catastrophe!!! I am not opposed to the U.S. Navy's need to conduct training exercises, but NOT IN THIS WAY, AND NOT HERE!!!

YOU HAVE OTHER OPTIONS, NAVY!!! AND YOU DAMN WELL KNOW IT!!!

Hasn't the U.S. caused enough environmental and ecological disasters in the Gulf, Caribbean and the Pacific by now ??? When will it STOP???" — Lilly R., November 02, 2013


"It is a disgrace that an island like this would be destroyed." — Gerald Patrick O'Bryan, November 02, 2013


"Do you need to ask? Isn't it obvious, rational, and moral to consider all life to be sacred? Aren't there already too many destroyed places where they can play their mad games without further damaging the life support system?" — William Hailer, November 02, 2013


"Please don't blast another unique biodiversity home to pieces!" — Jennifer Renton, November 01, 2013


"Absolutely crazy to destroy an island that offers so much to humanity. Insane is probably a better word to describe this atrocity against peaceful people, fauna and flora. Back off America and be responsible in the community of man and its inhabitants!" — George McIntyre, November 01, 2013


"what a fucking waste." — rick pinch, November 01, 2013


"life and beauty" — Lynn maust, November 01, 2013


"Why, there are plenty of suitable areas already used by the military in the USA?" — Barry Page, November 01, 2013


"It is a unique place. there are plenty of other things to bomb why there???" — Joe Parrette, November 01, 2013


"I am a "Conservative" and even I think that we must STOP destroying the Earth" — Donald Gindelberger, November 01, 2013


"There are plenty of other places that can be used. Once this is destroyed it will never come back." — Kathryn Dunigan, November 01, 2013


"Studying indigenous people and Western colonialism has alerted me to the lack of justice and still current un-fairness still experienced by many groups affected by the Western colonial expansion. This is wrong! The US should not be bombing the island for practice!" — Patricia Appleyard, November 01, 2013


"world peace" — Yee Yiklim, October 31, 2013


"Seriously, have we not had enough of blowing places up and destroying the environment in the name of some perpetual war so that a few people can make a killing ... literally. Is it not time that we as a species evolved beyond our childish behaviors." — Samyo Dalgarno, October 30, 2013


"has the world gone completely mad??? that this is even contemplated???" — Alison Burnard, October 30, 2013


"Enough damage to our world ..FOR WHAT ?" — Elaine Leslie, October 30, 2013


"Keeping nature alive!" — Leen Celis, October 30, 2013


"This is senseless violence against other beautiful creatures and is a violation of the rights of the human beings on the island. There comes a point where I have to wonder if certain men on this planet just enjoy destroying things. They should be stopped." — Erin Nix, October 30, 2013


"Please stop destroying the mother earth. The place is much more valuable and important than those meaningless military activities." — Ng Yue Hua, October 29, 2013


"Areas of outstanding natural beauty with unique wildlife are becoming increasingly rare. The destruction of yet another such place woukld be a great sin against humanity. " — , October 29, 2013


"It's just so wrong when there is so much devastation already in the world, how can anyone be allowed to do this!" — Nikki Weeks, October 29, 2013


"This petition is important to me because the island should be a nature preserve not a bombing range or live firing range." — David Johansen, October 28, 2013


"Another example of US militarism run rampant." — Kevin Martin , October 28, 2013


"pristine island,don" — 0, October 28, 2013


"we have destroyed enough of the earth, time to stop. has largest and most expensive military ever known. they don't need target practice on another environmentally delicate beautiful place." — Steve Clark, October 27, 2013


"war is obsolete. you want to continue your practice runs do it in your own country. see how your pop. likes it then. hands off what's left of semi pristine. stop killing everything." — jenny gray, October 27, 2013


"The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is a small land-limited island nation. Turning one of their most biologically diverse islands into a permanent garbage dump for a wealthy country is an ill-fated and atrocious act." — Gary Curtis, October 27, 2013


"survival of the planet" — Sarah Roche-Mahdi, October 27, 2013


"The takeover of lands and waters used with reverence by indigenous people must stop, or the planet will not support human or animal life for much longer." — Lisa Savage, October 27, 2013


"Enough with the bombing of tropical islands." — Brad Parsons, October 27, 2013


"After living in the Northern Mariana Islands for five years, I consider it my second home. I don't want to see such a beautiful natural resource taken over by the military." — Meaghan Hassel Shearer, October 25, 2013


"The Islands are my heritage, they are my home." — Robert Perez, October 25, 2013


"I joined PEW to get the northern islands as part of the MTMNM before Bush left office. Now, this is what's happening to one of those islands. It is not a barren isolate location in a remote part of the Pacific. It has cultural and environmental significance and the voice of the
people should be respected and not used as a military artillery target by the United States' DOD." — Kimberly Vaillancourt, October 25, 2013


"Pagan should be preserved as a natural wonder. It should not be destroyed by the military." — David Moran, October 24, 2013


"Destroyiing this for no reason (and yes I mean no reason) is utterly absurd and tragic." — Laura Cleveland, October 24, 2013


"I hate to see more habitat loss of threatened species including the native peoples who live there." — Linda Butcher, October 24, 2013


"It would kill the wonderful experience of being in Guam. One of my favorite places on island..." — George Djaboury, October 23, 2013


"I would like my great-grand-kids to have at least a little bit of Earth left to love and explore." — Jennifer Ann, October 23, 2013


"I can not imagine that somebody would even think about doing such a damage & destruction to our Mother Earth. It is evil and insane." — Inguna Galvina, October 23, 2013


"The Military is irresponsible and idiotic if they destroy this island for anything weapon related!!!!!!" — Aja Rodriguez, October 23, 2013


"Time to stop wanton destruction of the natural treasures of our world." — Penelope OConnor, October 22, 2013


"We already have enough places for the military to bomb. They do not need to destroy another island!" — Liz McQuaid, October 22, 2013


"Why doesn't the military clean up the planet instead of devastate more land? We want to be a world leader in cleanup - NOT devastation." — Nancy Horne, October 22, 2013


"i want our environment to keep living" — Brenda Joyas, October 22, 2013


"we have done enough damage - this has got to stop!" — Madeleine Sandefur, October 22, 2013


"This is a valuable ecosystem, and can bring far more value in eco-tourism then what will be spent destroying this natural treasure." — Matthew Hyner, October 22, 2013


"We should not be living in an era where it is OKAY to destroy our natural treasures simply for reasons of "training." Find more innovative solutions that don't require such senseless destruction." — Seth Patterson, October 22, 2013


"I have family members who lived on Rogelap and Majuro in the 1960's and 1970's." — Paula Lozano, October 22, 2013


"LOOK AT IT!" — R. B. Richardson, October 22, 2013


"As someone who values biological diversity and all that is beautiful in this world, I am disgusted at this plan. Hawaii's native fauna and flora are already so close to extinction (well, the little that's not already extinct)." — Brittany Benson, October 21, 2013


"This island is too important to too many species of wildlife! Enough already." — Nancy Brown, October 21, 2013


"Its important to me because pristine land is scarce and we can find other places for live exercises! Dr. Fabian Haas, FRES" — Fabian Haas, October 21, 2013


"As most of you have seen our Planet has been devastated by Natural disasters after another, not to mention the deforestation, Chemical dumping, Air pollution, etc. Islands are our life's breaths since the Amazon has been mostly depleted which use to be 70% of the Worlds Oxygen and now only 35% if that. They are the habitats for birds and other creatures that have had to adapt to human population. All play a very important role to even Survival. I se to live in the Mariana's "Guam" for nearly a decade. I have seen the WW(( photo's of what the Islands of not only Guam, but Saipan and Tinian were completely devestated from the tops of palm trees to the Pitted ground from the bombs needed to be dropped then. I believe not only Pagan Island but all the Islands need to be spared! I have a solution to previously military zones already used which is reuse and set up a diorama if you may so it can be used over an over again. I would be willing to share in better detail and low costs to do so. . So I explorer you, please allow us the breathing space, sounds of nature "life" cures to be discovered and the paradises everyone needs in this unsteady World. Thank you in advance!" — Blu Rivard, October 21, 2013


"Because the world and its best interest is important to me" — Leslie Christison, October 21, 2013


"Two words. Bikini Atoll. The US has done enough in this area of the world. Leave it alone." — Susan Ring, October 21, 2013


"I am a native of the island of Guam and although I currently live in California, if I ever heard of MY hone island being turned into a bombsite, I would be DEVESTATED. I know there aren't any human inhabitants but there are tons of native wildlife to think about. This island is one of the worlds surviving paradises that should be left untouched. One of God's given Heaven On Earths. And also, just 200 miles away from Saipan, a VERY populated island, I'm sure it would have enormously negative consequences for the natives living there. By saving this island, we are in turn saving s population of humans, wildlife, nature, and paradise that we would otherwise not get back" — Michaela Nace, October 21, 2013


"I grew up in the Marianas and progress has changed the face of the more inhabited islands. To have an untouched spot like Pagan, essentially a time capsule, is a beautiful thing." — Patrick Bates, October 21, 2013


"To save my Island." — Rosie Charfauros, October 21, 2013


"I am from the Marianas and I don't think the land should be obliterated for military training." — Mika'ele Cruz, October 20, 2013


"I am a native islander from the Marianas (Guam) and am currently off island for school, so i will do whatever i can to support the cause from the mainland!" — Brandon Unpingco, October 20, 2013


"The US has completely destroyed too many islands. Pagan island is irreplaceable and must be protected from this senseless destruction. The people and all life on the island deserve protection. This military madness has got to stop!" — John Wagner, October 20, 2013


"This island is full of natural beauty, is a biological treasure, and is the ancestral home to a people. Enough said." — Benjamin Udo, October 20, 2013


"Because we are DESTROYING our EARTH!!!" — Ondrea Culp, October 20, 2013


"It is wrong for the US military want to use an island for training and destroy a beautiful place. There are people who live on the island and they should not be removed." — Jonathan Pitt, October 20, 2013


"My sister-in-law was originally from Pagan. If she were still alive, I believe she would not want the military to use Pagan as a live-fire training site. Her children are her survivors and they among other survivors should be considered before anyone else because they are heirs to her estate." — Jackie Muna, October 20, 2013


"It is one of only a few natural Islands left in the world that is unpolluted and free of radio activity. The military will destroy this beautiful paradise island only because they can once they get ahold of it what to stop them from doing nuclear test on this island. If Japan is allowed to dump there they will dump their nuclear waste, let them dump on their own soil." — Kevin Nace, October 20, 2013


"One must stand up for those denied justice." — Larry Phillips, October 19, 2013


"This is the only planet we have and we need to take care of it, especially areas mostly untouched" — Peter Midbust, October 19, 2013


"Partly because we promised not to do damage to the island in the original treaty, and partly because it is beautiful and rare..." — Nelda Ikenberry, October 19, 2013


"Blow up an island you have already blown up." — Bill McCracken, October 19, 2013


"What is the point of destroying this beautiful place? The US military has bombed, strafed, incinerated, vaporized, and poisoned more people and places than any other country in the world. It is time for the war on people and the places they live to stop." — Dave Wilson, October 18, 2013


"The area is biologically diverse and includes a variety of sensitive species found no where else. In addition, to close the surrounding waters for periods as long as 6-months poses hardships for the local community and especially fishermen." — Julie Leialoha, October 18, 2013


"Aloha ʻĀina!" — Kealii Pang, October 18, 2013


"Because it is environmentally important!" — Kathleen Boland, October 17, 2013


"Places like this need to be cherished and protected, not crushed over and over. Life here is occupying it's own microcosm and it must be preserved!" — Betty Monfette, October 17, 2013


"The military has enough "training grounds" and "live-fire ranges". it doesn't need to go blowing up unique islands for the hell of it. Clean up your current messes before you go making a new one!" — Christian Brock, October 17, 2013


"We have destroyed enough of the earth. We are no different then the people that lived 2000 years ago. We discovered tech. but not love that you say god has tried to teach people about." — Colette Devine, October 17, 2013


"Save Pagan." — David Selepeo, October 16, 2013


"save Pagan not only for us but also for our future generations." — Paul Lisua, October 16, 2013


"this beautiful place cannot be destroyed....." — michael crow, October 14, 2013


"IT´S IMPORTSNT TO SVE NATURE TODAY" — LUIS CASTRO, October 14, 2013


"Nuclear testing should not be allowed ever. If USA wants to do military testing, let them do it on American soil!" — Yvette Huysamer, October 14, 2013


"The military should be ashamed of what they are doing to our planet. " — Martin Wheeler, October 14, 2013


"Because humans destroy precious life and its disgusting and appalling ." — zoe clarke, October 14, 2013


"Nature does not need to be destroyed any more! The natives of this island should be entitled to a safe home. How would you people like it if someone forced you out of your family home to destroy it?!" — Ashley Keer, October 14, 2013


"Stop destroying our planet!" — Matthew Wojtkiewicz, October 13, 2013


"all living thing need as chance at life beside that GOD placed us here to take care of it" — minnie nord, October 13, 2013


"Please, stop destroying my home!" — Karolina Ratajczak, October 13, 2013


"It is needless devastation of an invaluable and unique place.
If an island needs to be used, use Kaho`olawe or Farallon de Medinilla." — Steve Howe, October 13, 2013


"The islands are only a few square kilometers large. This leaves no possibility for the wildlife an dthe plants to recover after the exercises. We have to stop considering areas with little population to be of no value. As absurd as it may sound areas of high population have less value than those because there is little or nothing live sustaining left there. Please spare Pagan Island." — Armin Arend, October 13, 2013


"I love earth, I hate military. Why can't they do their exercises somewere in the desert if they really need to, why destroy a paradise island in the pacific??.. Fuck the US military!!" — Leonardo Hintz, October 13, 2013


"The protection of this wonderful island is so vitally important because every day the world is losing more of its irreplacable biodiversity. Where are we going to stop? When there is NOTHING left?" — Peter Ashby, October 13, 2013


"We have to protect and save the biodiversity of the world, since it is the unique planet in the universe having life. Everyone even the military could need oneday these resources. For a sustainable life on the world, we don't need to kill the living beings and destroy our planet." — Nezhun Gören, October 13, 2013


"As an AMerican it shames me to see my country, supposedly an icon of freedom and human rights, use our military to trample on the rights of other people" — Marquita O'Connor, October 12, 2013


"We are already teetering on the brink of ecological disaster worldwide, and for what? The American Empirialists will stop at nothing to service the military industrial economy, and we must fight this inevitability at every opportunity. There has to be a better way. Such outrageous gaul!" — Rebecca Campbell, October 12, 2013


"The U.S. Military must respect the environment just like everyone else! Leave this beautiful island alone; do not delude yourselves that because it is small and far away it is also somehow unimportant. We care!" — Rachel Lakhdhir, October 12, 2013


"There is beauty here and bio-diversity that must be respected. Turning this island into a desolate toxic wasteland would be criminal." — Loraine Brooks, October 12, 2013


"Saving nature in all her forms is important to me. We might need Pagan island some day." — Kim Siren, October 12, 2013


"To destroy a unique and beautiful island, home to many stunningly beautiful animals, wildlife and reefs for the sake of a military training ground is disgusting. So much beauty in this world has been destroyed - surely there must be some places that should be saved from devastation." — Jackie Brown, October 12, 2013


"what is with the Yanks, destroy because munitions are their biggest money maker and to the hell with the rest of the world" — annette scholfield, October 12, 2013


"This island contains a lot of rare plants and animals, and shouldn't be used as a military testing ground. There's so much space in America. If you want to shoot/bomb/explode each other do it there!" — James Star, October 12, 2013


"You should respectfully save the lifes and the rights of indigenous Pagan islanders. Don't destroy ecological values and use places for training, which are used already for live-fire training. Beware, what's worth to be bewared - our nature, Otherwise you would not be better than the mafia of woodcutters and oilseekers." — Rolf Voss-Allmers, October 12, 2013


"When will we learn? The war machine has to stop we have to love our oceans and land as if it were our own bodies for without it we would not be." — Vicky Barnes, October 12, 2013


"Can't we leave anything alone? Why does everything have to be trashed? Maybe the volcano will have the last say and put us all in our place???" — Dr Margerie Linton, October 12, 2013


"The diversity of our planet should be cultivated, not destroyed." — Catherine Delnat, October 12, 2013


"I want to live there.....and the local food" — Frank Flores, October 11, 2013


"Military already too big & if they need a place find it in the 50 states not in our overseas lands!" — George Goncalves, October 11, 2013


"I'm half Chamorro" — Jacques Christopher, October 09, 2013


"The Pacific Islands are where my family's from and they are very important to me. American imperialism is awful for everyone but the US government." — Hanna Yangilmau, October 08, 2013


"It is my home " — Leilugh Kaipat, October 08, 2013


"Because Land is rare.in the Marianas." — Francisca Kaipat, October 08, 2013


"Because of the animals and plants that inhabit the island, its beauty, and the right of nature to exist undisturbed by military destruction." — Ann Prezyna, October 08, 2013


"We are against all war and violence and in favour of reserving te bauty of the earth for its people" — Justin and Anne Morahan, October 07, 2013


"CNMI is my home, don'r bomb Pagan!" — Jacquelin Wonenberg, October 07, 2013


"Our Land, Pride & Culture of Our People " — Skipp & Naomi Anthony, October 07, 2013


"Born in the Marianas Is..." — David Flores, October 07, 2013


"Dont let the military spoil another place Keep them off of this island away from the islanders and the flora and fauna on this beautiful island" — Carol Dibbens, October 06, 2013


"So, that people in the north could have a good life." — Ld Ogo, October 05, 2013


"This Island is home to ethnic peoples. It is a natural habitat where animals and vegetation still exist. Save it. Don't destroy. The world is getting smaller." — Armida Cook, October 04, 2013


"Isn't saving beautiful places from Military ruination important to anyone with a heart and a brain?" — Maria Ryan, October 04, 2013


"The beauty and relative lack of military involvement in the NMI is not just a coincidence. Lets act now to preserve this beauty for us and our children by keeping the miltary out of Pagan." — Daniel Lamar, October 04, 2013


"How dare you even think about doing this USA - you don't need bombing practice, you lot have already bombed the middle east to smithereens, go to hell and stop wasting tax money on this. Stop making the Rothschilds even richer by using arms. Leave this island alone." — Penny Dellow, October 04, 2013


"Have seen the destruction of the natural beauty of the CNMI during my 25 years here. Adding the military damage is truly an insult to the people of the CNMI who were burdened by the devastation caused by displacing the Japanese. At least that effort was necessary to bring about the end of the war." — John Hardy, October 03, 2013


"Why are we paying taxes to destroy all beings in a Beautiful Environment, this seems very uncivilized." — Meg Palan, October 03, 2013


"Stop abusing our precious and fragile islands. The U.S. mainland has more land mass for any military developments and be sensitive to our persistent opposition." — Margarita Olopai-Taitano, October 03, 2013


"Because I have been there and seen its beauty" — Bryan Jones, October 03, 2013


"to stop the dash to the abyss" — ken baer, October 03, 2013


"WE must get away from the military industrial complex that treats rare jewels of nature as expendable trash!!" — susan rudnicki, October 03, 2013


"It's the right thing to do!" — Jane Conlon, October 03, 2013


"The U.S. military is responsible for untold destruction around the world. Let's not permit this Pacific paradise to be destroyed also!" — Kathleen O'Nan, October 03, 2013


"Clearly, this is land that belongs to the people and the flora and fauna that are indigenous to it. Enough with the war games on other peoples lands. Enough with the war games on any land." — Mary Claassen, October 03, 2013


"This would be a tragic waste of a unique island home to a variety of species. It would ruin it for generations to come....don't do it!!!!!!!" — Nancy Meany, October 03, 2013


"Saving any amount of the natural wildlife, no matter how small, is of the utmost importance to every human being. How else would you be here?" — Jenny Lauby, October 03, 2013


"The continued destruction of people, cultures and places have names, including" — 0, October 02, 2013


"I am mortified by the destruction wrought by my government and the US military on Vieques .. the same cannot be allowed to happen here. Please stop this proposed destruction to the Marianas!" — Ellen Holcomb, October 02, 2013


"Enough of the Earth has been destroyed and polluted due to carelessness and "noble" causes. Enough already, let's not pollute or destroy any more of our world." — Phillis Rosenthal, October 02, 2013


"It is imperative that the dismantlng of the U.S. military industrial complex begin immediately, as well as other military industrial complexes on the planet, for the sake of Humanity, Earth, and the rightful inhabitants.

Peace on Earth!" — Paula Jolly, October 02, 2013


"My family originate from this island and has many reason for this island to be safe.We have been protecting the chamorro culture and this island would be one of the reason why our people exit" — Bobbie Jean Merano, October 02, 2013


"To preserve endangered species as well as the people and their culture." — Davina Gumataotao, October 02, 2013


"why do they need to destroy something so beautiful.. let them use their desserts.. its a perfect area for destruction" — bigmama cooper, October 01, 2013


"Witnessed the mindless devastation and improbability to ever clean up the hazardous waste at Kahoolawe" — Myra Brandt, October 01, 2013


"My Father was born at pagan" — Allen Aldan, September 30, 2013


"part of heritage/culture" — Joseph Concepcion, September 29, 2013


"The U.S. military has no right to destroy this island, a 'crown jewel' of the Marianas and they think they have the right to destroy it?" — Joyce Landry, September 28, 2013


"Greedy military industrialists will not be content until all that is beautiful is gone. We must stand up and say "no!"" — Kerry Bassett, September 28, 2013


"I've been there and shudder to think our military would wantingly destroy move in and destroy yet another island under the guise of military preparedness. Do No Harm!" — Don Anderson, September 28, 2013


"Why should nature be destroyed so that the American Killing Machine can improve their skill at ending life?" — Lee Wimberly, September 28, 2013


"This is senseless and deeply unjust!" — J.V. Connors, September 28, 2013


"My significant other is a native to these islands" — rudy campollo, September 28, 2013


"It is my homeland. I have family members that live there to this day!" — Leah Hocog, September 27, 2013


"Due to the ecological and historical ramifications. We've lost enough of the world's history and wildlife already." — Tim Stanton, September 27, 2013


"CUZ NEED belong to the people of the NMI." — ERNEST CRUZ, September 27, 2013


"Save an unspoiled paradise for future generations" — Greg Morse, September 27, 2013


"On Guam, we're having issues of historical lands being used for military expansion - with 1/3 military bases alone. Some of these sites include Chamorro historical sites. Overall, I know exactly what displacement feels like. " — Jiana Salas, September 26, 2013


"because thats my mom home town
" — Arlene Ngiraked, September 26, 2013


"I was born and raise in the CNMI and I want to save all our beautiful Islands from getting destroyed by outsiders. This is our home. Leave it alone and go elsewhere to do your business there." — Nora Torres, September 26, 2013


"Because there are families living on the island and the US is just going take it away from them. They aren't thinking about if it were them living in the area. And plus it will effect the other areas near Pagan. " — Rhysanne Denise Hizon, September 26, 2013


"My father was born here on pagan island in 1943" — Joan Santos, September 25, 2013


"Do not destroy Pagan!!" — Prescilla Stanton, September 25, 2013


"The youth must take part in the fight to sustain, and preserve." — Amada Rabauliman, September 25, 2013


"love and respect" — Freeman Intown, September 25, 2013


"Its my Nino and his families special place." — esmcleebert siten, September 25, 2013


"The people of the Marianas have given much over the years to support the United States, in particular sons and daughters who served in the military. It's time for the U.S. government to back off." — Arthur Meilicke, September 25, 2013


"Keep CNMI Lands, In CNMI Hands. The Spirit of our ancestors is in the Soul of our children, the land is our identity of where we came from and where we belong, without it, we will be lost forever." — Coach ., September 25, 2013


"Beautiful Island needs to be protected from ordnance." — Richard Guerrero, September 25, 2013


"I support Sea Shepherd and the peac e mov't. If the military goes ahead w this- it will be one more reason to resist them by all means necessary. Let me know what happens. I am a diver!" — david eberhardt, September 24, 2013


"This area is so unique and vitally important to the intrinsic ecological balance found there." — Kaye Grubb, September 24, 2013


"I live here!!" — sara Forti, September 24, 2013


"Although I'm currently serving in the United States Marine Corps, the CNMI is still my home and would like to save our islands beauty for our future to see." — Ambrose Ogumoro Jr, September 24, 2013


"It's a natural resource and needs to stay with it's founding people!" — valorie szatkowski, September 23, 2013


"Can we stop destroying beautiful islands full of endangered species please?" — Joseph Aylward, September 23, 2013


"Go re-use Bikini Island it will give your troops a more realistic environment to train in." — Mario Romero, September 23, 2013


"Enough trampling on the rights of indigenous peoples." — Dawn Wolfson, September 23, 2013


"I worked as a pediatrician in the CNMI for a decade. The local people very much see themselves as from each of the many islands, including PAGAN. While recent volcanic activity has forced residents to temporarily relocate to Saipan, they all feel this is temporary and have every intention to return. This island is theirs, by history, by all that is right. It is NOT appropriate for the military to attempt to take it over and use it as they wish. This island is the property and culture of the native islanders. Do not destroy what is theirs." — William Flood, September 23, 2013


"The military does not need to destroy a beautiful island that is home to people who had to evacuate because of the volcanic eruption. The island is their land, their home, and the military can choose a site that is uninhabitable - like the islands they have already bombed." — nancy flood, September 23, 2013


"The father and mother were at one time residence of these islands. These islands meant a lot to the people who were there before the eruption. I love to leave in these islands one of these days. My children and the generation who will follow would love nothing more than to continue what our elders did before then. To the US Leaders in Congress" — 0, September 23, 2013


"As a physician I serve world wide 'cleaning' up the effects of toxic war games in people, the land, air and ocean. CANCERS and other fatal diseases. Please STOP this possible posioning of the world! thank you" — Valerie Lane Simonsen ND, September 23, 2013


"Please DO NOT let Pagan become another Kahoolawe, Hawaii... many years were of trials, demonstrations and protest to get the Island back and to STOP BOMBING!!!! Clean up continues after many years of allowing the Military to destroy an Island and Ancestral places of the Hawaiian People!! Get SMART CNMI dont let it happen to Pagan or anywhere in the CNMI!!! " — Robert Harrell, September 23, 2013


"The Island of Pagan history has to be respect and let's not destroyed what we have now, cause if destroyed it's gone forever and we cannot replace them, so think about it, and let's save Pagan Island and the rest up north of Saipan cause the environment is so rich, instead of using for military training, let's us it on a better way, " — Juan Diego Camacho, September 23, 2013


"Military usage would drastically mutilate and destroy a virtually untouched ecosystem. " — Nicole Sablan, September 22, 2013


"Because I am an American and do not approve of what my government is doing!!" — Kate Emrich, September 22, 2013


"Save Pagan! We all need to save Pagan because the people who used to live there don't want to move back. Why not? They're too fat and happy with modern conveniences that Saipan has to offer. At best, there are four to five people living on Pagan at any given time." — Man Agaha, September 22, 2013


"I can't believe the military is still destroying pristine places! " — Robbyn Jackson, September 22, 2013


"Leave Pagan alone!! " — Lilikoi Muusers-Litulumar, September 22, 2013


"We have to save Mother Earth!" — Anika Kuntz, September 22, 2013


"SAVE THE WORLD" — Starost Thorsten, September 22, 2013


"Hell, My father grew up in Paga with his family and it belongs to the indigenious people of the Marianas. The military can use Battle Simulation centers!! Oh its not the real thing??? Go to the States nd bomb there!!! When the military takes over, the fishing areas will be restricted!! Get out of here, we don't need your military in the marianas bombing our islands,we read all about the Bikini atolls and other islands the USA had distroyed and taken away from the indiginious people and resettled them elsewhere!! No one is living in Paga!!! So what! it belongs to the Chamorru, Whoever sold the souls of the people to the United States so they can change from the Federated States of Micronesia to now CNMI.....They can sit on ground zero and catch the bombs.... REALLY....This is what the people get, a right to US passport and live in the USA and the USA does what the hell they want??? USA, take your troops and go to the US mainland and play bombing there, we've had enough of your greediness!! STAY OFF PAGAN ISLAND and the whole pacific region!!!" — Antonio Leon Guerrero, September 22, 2013


"It's ignoring the indigenous rights of Pagan Islanders, and the devastating environmental impacts that such activity will certainly cause." — KEITH STRICKLAND, September 21, 2013


"Hasn't the US Military destroyed enough of the Earth already? Why not do Live Fire training on islands already destroyed by such practices?" — Alexander Zayachkov, September 21, 2013


"We have to save the beautiful nature of this island. " — Kazuko Kuntz, September 21, 2013


"Because it is my mother's birthplace and she would want us (her children) to keep it away from bad people and because it is rightfully ours!
" — Raymond Anthony Kapileo, September 21, 2013


"That any island, but especially one as significant and beautiful as Pagan would be considered for "bomb practice" is obscene." — Robert Hunter, September 21, 2013


"The Island is part of my home. It is beautiful. I can't let military exploit and destroy it as they please..." — Ian Romolor, September 21, 2013


" threatened and endangered species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world" — rachel clemons, September 20, 2013


"I was born on Saipan. Would really hate to see this happen to a sister island!" — Melinda Burnett, September 20, 2013


"it's a home to all of the northern islander(s)...and its where you'l find many creatures if you may and animals dwelling there(it's their home )why destroy what mother nature has given us?!!!...... please leave it alone...." — alvina aquino, September 20, 2013


"destroying animals, human culture and the surface of the earth for military training is arrogant, stupid, selfish, repugnant and pathetic." — steve smith, September 20, 2013


"I lived on another Mariana island, Saipan. Way too beautiful to eff up by the government! Leave the island alone!" — Karen Pyles, September 20, 2013


"To protect our paradise from the destruction of mankind." — Cristina San Nicolas, September 19, 2013


"Because I was born and bred in he CNMI .. it was and always be my home. " — Karen Doctor, September 19, 2013


"ITS MY ISLAND!" — zodeanna aldan, September 19, 2013


"The military already has enough impact areas. This amounts to nothing more than sensless destruction" — Jeffrey Eiffler, September 19, 2013


"This island is part of our Mariana Island chain wherein natural wildlife live. Why do any countries have the option to bomb the natural habitat and natural resources? We must stop this behavior!!" — Maria Espinoza, September 19, 2013


"Because the ecosystem needs to be saved. We will all be affected. We must preserve natural beauty that is not polluted." — Jonathan Goins, September 19, 2013


"no more destroying islands for the military." — shantee brown, September 19, 2013


"The Chamorro people should be able to decide whether or not to have it bombed or not. This is a sad example of "eminent domain"... please leave our islands alone." — Stephanie Schilling, September 19, 2013


"Stop the government/military from taking over the island of Pagan! Stop destroying indigenous species and habitat. Respect the land!" — Feora Cadina, September 19, 2013


"There are numerous amounts of animals and species there. pagan island is a very beautiful island that the military would want to wreck and it is not the first. " — Ignacio Reyes, September 19, 2013


"Its such a beautiful island, My dad originated from the Northern Island and then moved to Saipan." — Shiabe Bok Daga Pangelinan, September 19, 2013


"We need to save and preserve the island and it's people." — Andrew Crisostomo, September 19, 2013


"This is not a good idea." — Searsyleen Saimon, September 19, 2013


"Because I love the islands!!!!" — Stephanie Ricketts, September 19, 2013


"I am Chamoru and this is our land." — Scott Naputi, September 19, 2013


"The Northern Mariana Islands is home to my family and Pagan is our "Crown Jewel" also home to many species and wild life. To destroy this Island for military practices is absolutely INSANE!" — Leilony Taisacan, September 19, 2013


"Mass destruction of any part of our Earth, in the name of "practicing for war," is an obscene consideration! How could any civilized, intelligent Nation conceive such a plan! " — Suzanne James, September 19, 2013


"I am a Chamorro, originally from the island of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands." — Regina Ann Torres, September 19, 2013


"For our kids, and the native people that have lived, love, and cared for the island. " — Nobert I. Pangelinan, September 19, 2013


"Having spent time on islands in the Marianas and elsewhere in the West Pacific, I know how unique the biodiversity and cultural diversity of these islands is. These are resources to be preserved, not destroyed. Larger powers need to act like "civilized" societies and respect other cultures and pristine environments. Using up these islands and displacing their cultures to benefit for profit or "convenience" is environmentally shortsighted and culturally unacceptable. We need to find real solutions for the messes we create, not sacrifice others who have less power." — Carol Hopper Brill, September 19, 2013


"There's been enough damage to the Marianas by the Marine Corps and the Navy. Stop it now. I suppose I feel a personal connection to the Marianas. In 1947-48 when I was about 4 years old, my family lived on Guam at a military base. My father was a Marine officer, and this was his second tour on Guam. He had also been there towards the end of WWII. I was one of the first Caucasian children the natives of Guam had ever seen, so I was treated like little royalty. The Chamorro people should have the right to determine the future of the island, not the Marine Corps." — Nancy White, September 19, 2013


"It is our home. beautiful and does not deserve to be a target." — Alisa Emwalu, September 19, 2013


"Bombing any part of our Earth(Planet) is dangerous and have repercussions." — claude townsend & anthony pue, September 19, 2013


"Because its part of my home" — Joseph Tudela, September 19, 2013


"If this proposal is as described, it's utterly inconsistent with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which the U.S. government has subscribed, and questionable under specific U.S. historic preservation and environmental laws as well." — Thomas King, September 19, 2013


"This is totally unecessary destruction. Stop the madness." — Allison Kateley, September 19, 2013


"What a waste of both a place and taxpayers dollars. The Military should go bomb something, if they absolutely must, that has already been destroyed. How stupid to pick something untouched. This kind of action is what turns the public away from supporting our military. " — Joni Bosh, September 19, 2013


"We must learn from our history! What ever the reasons were for bombing Bikini Island was not worth the disastrous and life altering effects the island, the people, and the wildlife/plants are suffering through till this day! Why must we give up another one of our beautiful pacific islands? Why must they take an island so untouched and unspoiled and pollute it with their "live-fire training"? This island is SCARED and BEAUTIFUL! Let is remain as it is! " — Mayumi Ogumoro, September 19, 2013


"The real questions is why are we moving to bomb on this beautiful island? I haven't heard a good enough reason so far." — Stacy Gibboney, September 19, 2013


"I am a memeber of the Florida Army National Guard and a combat vetran of Iraq and Afganistan. So I know the U.S. military can use simulations instead of live fire exerciszes and also continue to use land they currently occupy for live fire, they do not need more. overuse of live ordinance is a wast of taxpay money as well as unecessay envionmental degregation issue. With simulator technology live fire excesizes are less necessay. They are still necessay, yet not as much, so current sites that are used by the U.S military for live fire should be enough. That is why the military has live fire in areas such as the desert, where there is less enviornmental impact." — Michael Allgood, September 19, 2013


"Distruction of a natural habitat to many living things is wrong!!!" — shari withey, September 19, 2013


"we are rapidly running out of habitable sites as this. we also show extreme arrogance by ignoring indigenous peoples and forcing relocation/abandonment. find another site. lots already exist and are barren due to our short-sightedness." — roger herota, September 19, 2013


"Peace not war!" — Suzanne Walker, September 19, 2013


"it is important to preserve any natural habitat this world has left for our ecosystem and basic human morals." — Rachel Cowan, September 19, 2013


"I am tired of military destructiveness and wastefulness." — Lynne Compton, September 19, 2013


"I don't like the destruction of a beautiful place and creatures for this purpose. It is cruel." — Lenette Beagley, September 19, 2013


"This is colonialism at its worst. When we can allow a group, whether it is a super power or any other group, to assume the rights on anything to the extent that it feels itself free to destroy it, we are living in the worst sort of dictatorship. With power comes responsibility - this is a huge abuse of power." — Julie Razryadov, September 19, 2013


"It matters to me that our military should not be bombing beauty and rare biodiversity such as this island which is precious to the people who live there, and to a personal friend who lived there. " — Rita Varley, September 19, 2013


"Its my peoples home. Its our life. Its part of our island chain. Its home to other species that we no longer have. Its our resource. It should be respected like any other peoples home. Why choose my home to obliterate? This island will become useless, uninhabited after using for military exercise. Among all the places in the world, why choose one of the most beautiful places on earth? The Military & the U.S. will definitely benefit from it, and how will this benefit us the people of the Marianas? You are a father, a mother, a daughter, a son, a brother, a sister. You all should understand how that feels to have something taken away, especially for no good reasons. and military excercises is not a good reason for me or anyone just to come here and destroy it. It takes seconds to destroy, it takes many, many years to rebuilt. If you really care & respect the living, its common sense not to disturb it. As a U.S. citizen, its no different from attacking your own country. You have used Farallon de Medinilla for your military exercise, which we were all againsts. Now Pagan. What island is next? This is no different from a terrorist." — Leila Rogopes, September 19, 2013


"Is the US going to bomb the Galapagos next?" — Bret O'Connor, September 19, 2013


"haven't we destroyed enough ?" — michael fleming, September 19, 2013


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