The Fanohge March for CHamoru Self-Determination encourages respect for the native inhabitants of Guam and brings to the forefront the promise and legal commitment that the U.S. made to the CHamorus. When the United States signed the Treaty of Paris in 1898, it committed itself to guide the people of Guam to self-rule or sovereignty.
Self-determination is the belief that the native people of Guam deserve the opportunity to express their preference for a self-governing political status. Currently, Guam is a colony and an ‘unincorporated territory’. This means that even though we are U.S. citizens, we cannot vote for the President of the U.S., we have a representative in Congress, but he can’t vote, and we have little power with respect to how our island is used by the military and federal government. Independence, statehood, or free association are forms of self-rule or sovereignty, and are preferred over the status quo of being a colony and unincorporated territory.
Since Guam’s political status affects everyone, people of all ethnicities and cultures are welcome to the march. Spread the word and march with your family, clan, or club. All efforts have been made to ensure that the event is peaceful and safe.