From the governor and lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth

Arnold Palacios and David Apatang

Happy Covenant Day, Marianas!

Nearly 50 years ago, United States President Gerald R. Ford signed the Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America, which launched one of the most remarkable political relationships in our modern world, and is the very foundation of our CNMI government.

On this day, we dedicate our time toward honoring those who have worked to bring about our Covenant, as it has progressively changed the course of opportunities for our islands, and has ultimately led us to where we stand as a Commonwealth today.

We commemorate these significant course of events by continuing to uphold the ideals of our founders and the Covenant, which is to protect the safety and well-being of our people, promoting our health and welfare, working to revitalize and promote a more self-sufficient economy, supplementing educational opportunities for our students, and most importantly, improving the overall standard of living for each individual that calls these islands home.

While we look back on the progress we’ve made as a Commonwealth, let us also look toward the future as we work to maintain a progressive and prosperous Marianas.

On behalf of our families, have a safe and restful Covenant Day.

– Governor Arnold I. Palacios and Lt. Governor David M. Apatang

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