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New NMD group meets Indigenous, Carolinian Affairs directors

TWO officers of the newly organized Northern Marianas Descent Council on Wednesday morning met with Carolinian Affairs Office Executive Director John Tagabuel and Indigenous Affairs Office Resident Director Roman Tudela Jr. at the Carolinian Utt pavilion.

NMD Council board members Danny O. Quitugua and Tony P. Mareham briefed Tagabuel and Tudela about the objective of the newly formed group.

Also attending the meeting was Sen. Sixto Igisomar.

In an interview, Quitugua said they reached out to the two agencies whose constitutional mandates are “in line with what we also want to achieve”: the protection of NMD interests when it comes to public lands and governance.

Indigenous Affairs Office Resident Director Roman Tudela Jr., 4th left, and Carolinian Affairs Office Executive Director John Tagabuel, 5th left, meet with Northern Marianas Descent Council board members at the Carolinian Utt pavilion Wednesday. Also in photo are Danny Quitugua and Tony Mareham of the NMD group, Sen. Sixto Igisomar, Indigenous Affairs staffer Vivian Nogis and CAO staffer Louie Piteg.  Photo by Emmanuel T. EredianoIndigenous Affairs Office Resident Director Roman Tudela Jr., 4th left, and Carolinian Affairs Office Executive Director John Tagabuel, 5th left, meet with Northern Marianas Descent Council board members at the Carolinian Utt pavilion Wednesday. Also in photo are Danny Quitugua and Tony Mareham of the NMD group, Sen. Sixto Igisomar, Indigenous Affairs staffer Vivian Nogis and CAO staffer Louie Piteg. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

Tagabuel said he is hoping that the new NMD group and the NMD Corp., which also represents the NMDs, will join forces. “Basically their goals are almost the same,” he added.

For his part, Tudela said his office will support anything that benefits the NMDs. Like Tagabuel, he also wants the NMDs to be “unified.”

“There is already an NMD Corp. that represents our people and now here’s the newly created NMC Council that also represents our people. It is important that they collaborate or merge and take a unified position on all issues,” Tudela said, adding that he appreciates that the new NMD organization reached out to him and Tagabuel.

Quitugua said their group recognizes the concern expressed by Tudela and Tagabuel.

He said he has already contacted John Bolis Gonzales, the president of NMD Corp., to set up a meeting.