902 consultations address proposed military activities in NMI

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Special Representative Esther Kia’aina and the Northern Mariana Islands Special Representative, Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres, recommended the creation of a CNMI/DoD Coordinating Council as part of the 902 Consultations reported to Congress on Jan. 17. The council would institutionalize a process and improve communications and relations between DOD and the NMI, addressing concerns of the NMI that conversations with DOD should take place outside and beyond the required environmental analysis processes.

  The special representatives noted that NMI concerns focused on the: 1) potential inconsistences between the CNMI Joint Military Training . . .

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