July 22, 2014
appropriations bill that included awarding the xenophobic Northern Marianas Descent Corp. $100,000. Any appropriations bill not signed into law within 20 days passes. Such a cowardly move.
House Local Bill 18-45 appropriated $1 million in Managaha landing fees. The bulk of the money, $800,000, will be used for land compensation; $100,000 will go to the NMI Museum of History and Culture; and $100,000 will go to the Northern Marianas Descent Corp.
It was Saipan Rep. Felicidad Ogumoro who added an amendment to the bill appropriating $100,000 to the Northern Marianas Descent Corp.
Ogumoro is an outspoken leader of the racist group.
In recent months this group has spearheaded racist political attacks on foreign workers, opposed U.S. immigration bills granting status to the CNMI's legal nonresidents, and opposed allowing citizens not of NMI descent to vote on Article 12 initiatives.
So many questions. What are the funds to be used for? Why should this non-profit receive funding when the CNMI Government owes money to CUC and cannot even properly fund the public schools? What other non-profits are funded by the CNMI Government?
The CNMI Government already funds an Indigenous Affairs Office and a Carolinian Affairs Office. Now it will fund a nonprofit that actually is a politically motivated hate group?
It will be interesting to see what the people think of this sleazy scheme. It is oh so Fitial-ish.