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Document September 12, 2018

Notice of Appeal to U.S. Dept. of the Navy, et al re: Mariana Islands Navy Training

Notice is hereby given that Tinian Women Association, Guardians of Gani’, Pagan Watch and the Center for Biological Diversity, plaintiffs in the case, hereby appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from the Judgment in a Civil Action entered in this action on the 22nd day of August, 2018 (ECF No. 95), and from the Amended Decision and Order on Cross-Motions for Summary Judgment entered in this action on the 31st day of August, 2018 (ECF No. 98).

The island of Pågan. The training proposed for Tinian and Pågan would be intense and destructive. No training currently takes place on Pågan.
(Photo courtesy of Dan Lin)
Press Release September 12, 2018

Northern Marianas Residents Appeal Decision Allowing Relocation of Marines

Citizen and environmental groups argue that U.S. Navy must consider the full impact of live-fire training on Pågan and Tinian as part of moving thousands of Marines to Guam

Document October 13, 2017

Legal Document: Federal Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Lawsuit Over Pågan, Tinian Training

U.S. District Judge Ramona Manglona refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging U.S. Navy plans for the Marine Corps to conduct live-fire training in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. In a decision issued in Saipan, Judge Manglona said the lawsuit questioning whether the Navy failed to consider all the impacts associated with the plan to transfer 5,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam and begin staging massive, live-fire war games on the islands of Pågan and Tinian can proceed.

Deborah Fleming, a member of the Tinian Women Association, looks out onto the Pacific Ocean from the island of Tinian.
(Photo courtesy of Dan Lin)
Press Release October 13, 2017

Federal Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Lawsuit Over Pågan, Tinian Training

Judge allows case to move forward to determine whether Navy considered all the impacts associated with live-fire training plans for Northern Mariana Islands

Document July 27, 2016

Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief U.S. Department of the Navy

By this Complaint, Plaintiffs seek to compel Defendants to comply with the national Environmental policy Act ("NEPA") in connection with the Navy's decision to station permanently thousands of U.S. Marines on the island of Guam to conduct live fire training for those Marines on the islands of Tinian and Pågan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.

Pågan Island during the 1970s.
(Photo courtesy of Cinta Kaipat)
Press Release July 26, 2016

Northern Marianas Residents Challenge Destruction of Their Homeland by Navy Live-fire Plan

The U.S. Navy failed to consider the intense disruption to communities and the environmental destruction that would result from training 5,000 Marines on Tinian and Pågan

"The people of the Mariana Islands will fight to protect our homes and our way of life as hard as we must and for as long as we must," said Jerome Kaipat Aldan, mayor of the Northern Islands.
(Pågan Island, ca. 1970. Courtesy of Cinta Kaipat)
Article June 14, 2016

Protecting Paradise on Pågan Island

The people of the Mariana Islands will fight to protect our homes and our way of life from military intervention as hard as we must and for as long as we must.

"The people of the Mariana Islands will fight to protect our homes and our way of life as hard as we must and for as long as we must," said Jerome Kaipat Aldan, mayor of the Northern Islands.
(Pågan Island, ca. 1970. Courtesy of Cinta Kaipat)
case April 14, 2016

Defending the Northern Mariana Islands

Plans by the U.S. Navy to transfer 5,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam and begin staging massive, live-fire war games on the islands of Tinian and Pågan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands would severely disrupt communities on Tinian and shatter the dreams of families who want to return to live permanently on…

Document April 14, 2016

Sixty-Day Notice of Intent to Sue the U.S. Navy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Sixty-Day Notice of Intent to Sue the U.S. Navy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pursuant to the Endangered Species Act Regarding the Implementation of the Mariana Islands Training and Testing Program.

A U.S. Navy vessel encounters a research ship and pod of orcas. The shrill, repetitive whistle produced by sonar harms marine mammals.
(Photo provided by Center for Whale Research)
Press Release April 14, 2016

U.S. Navy Agrees To Consult Federal Biologists About Harm To Marianas Species

Concerned citizens’ action prods Navy to assess threats training and testing activities pose to imperiled animals and plants.