Thursday, August 16, 2007

Village Meetings

The CNMI Indigenous Entrepreneurs, Inc. conducted successful village meetings in Koblervill on August 15, 2007 at the residence of Carmen Tilipao, in Kagman II on August 16, 2007 at the residences of Sid Ogarto, in Chalan Kiya on August 17, 2007 at the residence of Margaret S. Mendiola. Thank you to Luis Tilipao, Sid Ogarto and Maggie Mendiola for their efforts in coordinating the public education meeting in their respective villages.

Anyone interested in hosting a public education village meeting in their homes so that their families and friends can better understand about the intend of the Saipan Casino Act, please contact us at 287-0494 (Jess), 287-5646 (Liling), or 285-5761 (Paduna).

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Saipan Casino Proponent's Findings

The proponent of the Saipan Casino Act finds that when the Northern Marianas Descent (NMD) from Rota, Tinian, Saipan and Northern Islands entered into a political union with the United States of America through the Covenant in 1978, they did so with the belief it will bring to them economic opportunities and prosperity. These were in fact realized in the Commonwealth, particularly on the island of Saipan, but benefiting mostly foreign investors who owned, controlled, and managed the small, medium and big businesses. Unfortunately, due to the lack of financial resources, the majority of the NMD are placed in a difficult position to compete with these foreign investors. As a result, the local populace of NMD feels that they are not realizing their dream and aspiration of being self-sufficient. They believe, under this circumstance, it will force them to continue to depend largely on social programs and hand outs of the United States Government – fearing that the majority of the NMD will be placed in a depressing economic situation and living conditions in the coming years.

Also, the proponent of the SCA finds, through the recent census conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, that the NMD are now the minority in their native land, the Northern Mariana Islands. And this will hold true in the coming years. Understanding the negative impact this will impose on the people of NMD, politically, socially, and economically, the framers of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) cleverly created Article XII, whose purpose is to protect the heritage and rights of the NMD peoples, and to chart their political, social and economic destiny. With this right, which the NMD jealously protected, defended and supported in the exercise of their right to self-determination and in approving the Constitution of the CNMI, the people of the NMD in the Third Senatorial District opted by way of this SCA, for the purpose of securing social and economic stability for themselves, elected to restrict the ownership and control of the casino license exclusively to a corporation owned by persons of NMD. For the same reason stated herein, the Indian Tribal Council in the United States protects the ownership and control of casino license for themselves (Native American Indians) in their lands – the Indian Reservation properties in the United States, which they are now operating successfully.

Furthermore, the proponent of the SCA finds that the economy in the islands has been very bad, with no signs of improvement. Economic conferences and forums were conducted by the government, Northern Marianas College, local business community and invited guest (economist) to find ways and means to deal with the economic crises, but to no avail – nothing materialized. Many business establishments have declared bankruptcy and/or totally shutdown, and many more are in the verge of shutting-down. The economic situation is making it hard and difficult for the government to operate and provide public services, and to fund medical referral, education, public safety, retirement, scholarship programs, to reduce the utility rates and much more. In fact, the government is just counting days when it may no longer afford to pay employees’ salaries and retirement pensions, etc. And when this happens, it will create a political, social, and economic catastrophe throughout the Northern Mariana Islands.

Noteworthy, other states are experiencing the economic pinch due to the September 11, 2001 incident and are also considering seriously casino operations as a way to help their economy. It is for all these reasons that the proponent of the SCA feels confident that by legalizing casino on Saipan, it will help revitalize the economy, benefiting the people, the business community and the government, and that it will bring about the badly needed revenues to support the public services and prevent payless paydays, etc. and prevent an economic catastrophe in the Commonwealth.

We invite you to view the entire content of the Saipan Casino Act posted on this Blog. If you have any questions or comments you can email us. Thank you for visiting Saipan Casino Act Blog and please refer this blog to your friends and families.

Dear People of Saipan and Northern Islands:

The Attorney General’s Office has certified the “local initiative petition” for the Saipan Casino Act to be placed on the November 3rd 2007 general election. Thanks to the many individuals who volunteered and sacrificed their time in collecting signatures for the Saipan Casino Act Initiative and to those who contributed for this worthy cause. You are the one that made the certification of the Saipan Casino Act Initiative possible. Thank you, Si yuus Maase, and Olomwaay.

In the coming days, public education will be conducted about the Saipan Casino Act. The public education is very important because we want you “the voters” to know and understand what this Saipan Casino Act is all about. As soon as schedule of events are set, it will be posted. So visit the Saipan Casino Act Blog from time to time for detailed information.

The Saipan Casino is the best offering and deal to replenish the millions of dollars of lost revenues due to closure of garment factories, stoppage of Japan Airline and Continental Airline direct air services to and from Saipan which have hurt our tourist industry and the Commonwealth’s failure to put together a well planned economic recovery strategy.

If you are having hard time paying for your CUC bills, your hospital bills or you and/or a member of your family is sick and need medical referral to hospital abroad but was denied due to lack of funding or your child is not receiving the best education due to lack of teachers, instructional materials, such as text books and supplies because the Public School System does not have enough money or your child just graduated from high school but can not continue on to college because the family does not have the financial means and the scholarship office does not have sufficient funding to grant financial support for your child’s college education. And if you are one of the many individuals who are having hard time finding job in Saipan and is now planning to leave Saipan for a job in the U.S. or elsewhere and for the same reason that our college graduated students are reluctant to return to their islands. And if you fear that in the short distant future, the Retirement Fund will not issue the only income that supports your family because the Retirement Fund maybe bankrupt, then what is next? Hope . . . and hope is on the way – the Saipan Casino Act. There is no reason for us to let our suffering continue and for our people to leave our islands for employment abroad, etc., etc… The Saipan Casino Act can turn our depress economy around to a brighter and promising future. The Saipan Casino Act is the only proposal available that offers the best economic strategy for our people and our Commonwealth. It can work but only you “the voters” can make this happen. Vote “YES” on the Saipan Casino Act on November 3, 2007.

Again thank you, Maraming Salamat Po, Kamsa Hamneda, Si Yuus Maase, Olomwaay.

Sincerely yours,
The CNMI Indigenous Entreprenuers

Sunday, August 5, 2007

We're making headlines!

Read August 7th's article about the struggle and the success to get the Saipan Casino Act on the ballot this November.

This could be the sign of future prosperity to come. Just last year, the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida bought Hard Rock International. That's right, through hard work and determination, an indigenous people were able to control and manage their own casino industry and built it into an financial empire big enough to purchase the Hard Rock Cafe brand.

So, as the Hard Rock Cafe is essentially owned by the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida, why can't the Indigenous people of the CNMI benefit from this timely gaming initiative?

Take time and read the initiative yourself and you decide this November!

Signature Drive Pictures

Here are just a few of the over 3,500 people who signed the Saipan Casino Act local initiation petition, making it possible to be placed on the ballot this November 3, 2007 general election.