National Heritage Area designation for Guam passes the U.S. House

The following is a news release from the Office of Congressman Michael San Nicolas:

In less than two months Congressman San Nicolas has passed his second bill overwhelmingly through the House of Representatives with the passage of H.R. 2899 to secure a National Heritage Area study for Guam. Such a study, conducted by the National Park Service, will identify sites throughout Guam eligible for National Heritage Area designation.

Beginning in 1984 under the Reagan Administration, 54 National Heritage Areas throughout the United States have been identified to present, bringing federal recognition, resources, and support to promote, maintain, and enhance areas of historic throughout the country.

“The passage of H.R. 2899 sets Guam on a course for our many historic places to finally be recognized by the federal government, enabling hundreds of thousands of dollars and the support of federal agencies to go towards areas of significance on our island, from Mañenggon, Tinta and Faha, and Chiguian, to the Plaza de España, Spanish forts and bridges, and Gadao Cave, Litekyan, and our many ancient CHamoru sites, and so much more,” said Congressman San Nicolas.

“This recognition and these resources will help us to properly showcase and maintain these areas with the attention and significance they deserve, finally including us in a national program that has been available for decades,” Congressman San Nicolas added.

“We would like to thank the Chair and Ranking Member and all members of the Natural Resourges Committee for their unanimous support, and the Majority Leader and all Members who made this success possible on the floor today, a new chapter in our efforts to preserve, promote, and protect the history and heritage of Guam in the United States,” Congressman San Nicolas concludes.

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