Mariana Islands Nature Alliance is drafting a letter for the U.S. Department of Defense that will indicate its opposition to the military’s use of Pagan.
MINA executive director Sam Sablan said the non-profit organization held a board meeting in July and all members voted unanimously to oppose the militarization of the island.
Sablan said MINA doesn’t want Pagan to follow the fate of Farallon de Medinilla, which reports say has been bombed to near destruction by the military.
She said MINA secretary Ron Smith has been tasked to draft the letter and the MINA board will approve it in late September.
DoD announced early this year its plans to use Pagan, along with Tinian, for live-fire training. The plan has been met with opposition by some CNMI residents.
During a lecture series organized by the 12th Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council and the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library in August, former Northern Islands residents became emotional talking about the U.S. military’s plan to use Pagan as a live-fire training site
MINA is a community based, nonprofit organization that promotes and advocates for the protection and restoration of the natural resources of the Northern Mariana Islands.