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Congresswoman Amata with Congressman Sablan
Washington, DC – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced she has teamed up with Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (CNMI) for the introduction of the bipartisan Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa College Access Act to provide tuition assistance to students in the islands. The...
 The U.S. District Court building, CNMI
Saipan, CNMI — The impact of the US government shutdown has reached the Northern Marianas with the US District Court for the commonwealth saying it only has funding until Friday. District Court Chief Judge Ramona Mangloña said the US Judiciary has managed to cobble together sufficient funds to keep...
Photo of men's hands with wedding rings
Saipan, CNMI — Three years after same-sex marriages were legalised in the Northern Marianas, the Saipan Mayor's Office say that they have topped heterosexual marriages on the island. The figures are based on the marriage licenses issued by the municipality. From January through September 2018, the...
Department of the Interior Insular and International Affairs logo
WASHINGTON – Doug Domenech, U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, this week announced $1,632,500 to assist the people of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) as they work to rebuild the U.S. territory following Super Typhoon Yutu...
Damage at  Hopwood Middle School
Sipan, CNMI — It could take up to two months for public schools in the Northern Marianas to reopen because of damage inflicted by last week's Super Typhoon Yutu. School administrators said public school students would miss at least 14 days of school. They said the worst case scenario would be up to...
Damage caused by Yutu
Saipan, CNMI — 133 people have been treated at the only hospital in the Northern Marianas since Super Typhoon Yutu devastated the US commonwealth on Thursday. The Saipan hospital said most of the cases were lacerations that required surgery. The category 5 storm passed directly over Tinian, lashing...
Utu Abe Malae
Saipan, CNMI — It is no hyperbole to say that it wasn’t just American Samoa but possibly the entire Pacific region that mourned the passing of Utu Abe Malae yesterday. That was true at the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. in the CNMI, where Malae was a former executive director. According to Gary...
David Henkin (right) meets with Tinian residents
CNMI — Northern Marianas residents have appealed a court ruling regarding impact of the US Navy's relocation plans in the region. The US military plans to relocate as many as 5,000 Marines from Japan to Guam, and use the Northern Marianas islands of Tinian and Pagan for live-fire exercises. A...
NO MARIJUANA GRAPHIC
Siapan, CNMI — The Northern Marianas House of Representatives has rejected a bill that would have legalised the use of marijuana in the islands. The lower chamber has relegated the measure back to committee level, effectively junking the Senate bill after House lawmakers deemed it in violation of...
 Marijuana plant [Photo: Esteban Lopez via unsplash.com]
Saipan, CNMI — The Northern Marianas Senate has passed a bill decriminalizing the use and possession of marijuana. Having been passed in the nine-seat senate with six yes votes and three abstentions, the bill now advances to the House of Representatives for approval. It would allow the use of...

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