An Honorable Accord: The Covenant Between the Northern Mariana Islands and the United States

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University of Hawaii Press, 2002 - Political Science - 473 pages
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In 1975, after three centuries of colonial rule, the people of the Northern Marianas exercised their right of self-determination to become U.S. citizens in a self-governing commonwealth under U.S. sovereignty. An Honorable Accord is the remarkable account of their tenacious efforts to shape a political future separate from other Micronesian peoples, of the negotiations that produced the Covenant defining the commonwealth relationship, and its eventual approval by the Northern Marianas people and the U.S. Congress. Pacific Islands Monograph Series, No. 18 Published in association with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawaii
 

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Contents

The Campaign for Separate Political Status
3
The Negotiations Begin
31
The Two Sides Square Off on Basic Issues
57
An Agreement Appears Possible
96
Hard Bargaining by Both Parties
133
Writing Down the Agreement
166
The Final Compromises
194
The Plebiscite
235
The Covenant after TwentyFive Years
344
Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands in Political Union with the United States of America
377
Abbreviations
397
Notes
399
Bibliography
445
Interviews
455
Index
459
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Approval in the United States Congress
293

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