The Northern Marianas Humanities Council has produced a series of panel discussions on Article 12 that will air on KSPN Channel 2 starting this month.
“Article 12: Land Ownership in the Northern Mariana Islands” is moderated by Robert T. Torres and consists of three one-hour panel discussions focusing on Article 12 of the CNMI Constitution.
The series aims to provide an informed and objective presentation of facts and a variety of viewpoints relating to land alienation in the CNMI.
Although there is no way to cover all of the complexities of Article 12 in a three-hour program, the council said this series provides basic information that will hopefully encourage viewers to discuss and consider this important topic with their families, friends, and colleagues.
“It is intended for anyone wishing to learn more about the history, effects, and possible future of Article 12.”
The first part of the three-part series is titled “The Foundation” and the panelists include Marianas Political Status Commission members Vicente N. Santos and Pedro A. Tenorio.
“The Foundation” looks at the history of the provision that limits land ownership in the CNMI to persons of Northern Marianas descent. It aired starting 6:30pm last night but will have replays on KSPN Channel 2 on Jan. 7 and 8, at the same time.
The second part of the series is titled “Today’s Perspective” and panelists include Lorenzo DLG Cabrera, Rep. George N. Camacho, and Saipan Chamber of Commerce president Alex A. Sablan.
“Today’s Perspective” will look at the impacts of Article 12 today and will air on KSPN Channel 2 at 6:30pm on Jan. 13, 14, and 15, 2014.
“The Future” will be the third and last part of the series. Panelists are Vincent J. Seman, Carolyn P. Hosono, and House vice speaker Francisco S. Dela Cruz
Part three of the series looks at the future Article 12 and will air on KSPN Channel 2 at 6:30pm on Jan. 20, 21, and 22, 2014.
The council said the series was made possible by a “We the People” grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.