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HAGÅTÑA, Guam (October 13, 1999 – Radio Australia)---A group of indigenous landowners has demanded that the U.S. government return land that the Chamorros say they rightfully own.

About 100 landowners, claiming to own the exclusive Ritidian Point in the north of the U.S. territory, defied government orders and picketed on the land Monday.

The land currently is used by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as a wildlife refuge.

However, the Chamorros argue that using the land as a reserve is just an excuse to keep it.

The government uses a third of Guam’s land for military purposes.

The Chamorro maintain they will continue the fight until the land is returned.

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