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Guam: US Land Grab

The US troops don't always invade a country using fighter jets or tanks. And it’s not always the land of people they consider America’s enemiesSometimes, they come with bulldozers and the home they destroy is for those the US considers as friends.

That’s actually the case in the United States island territory of Guam. There are indigenous burial grounds called Sabånan Fadang, which the US military is bulldozing to build a Marine Corps base. But Sabånan Fadang is not the only indigenous-owned land that has been flattened by the US troops.

In other areas belonging to the indigenous people, the CHorus, the military has found bones and bone fragments, as well as ancient tools, ruins, and other artifacts. The American military men remove these items from their original locations and stow away.

And it has done much of this effectively without Chamoru consent. But America’s efforts to intimidate its rival mean destruction of indigenous identity of Guam. And this isn't’ the first time that the US turns a blind eye on indigenous communities’ cultural values.

Since the 19th century up until now, the indigenous population of America has suffered unimaginable losses. The United States' westward expansion came at the expense of indigenous land, freedom, and often their lives.

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