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Have OF THE

COMMITTEE ON
INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

NINETY-SECOND CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

HEARING HELD APRIL 20, 1971

Serial No. 92-6

Printed for the use of the
Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

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WASHINGTON : 1971

COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

WAYNE N. ASPINALL, Colorado, Chairman JAMES A, HALEY, Florida

JOHN P. SAYLOR, Pennsylvania, ED EDMONDSON, Oklahoma

Ranking Minority Member WALTER S. BARING, Nevada

CRAIG HOSMER, California ROY A. TAYLOR, North Carolina

JOE SKUBITZ, Kansas HAROLD T. JOHNSON, California

JOHN KYL, Iowa MORRIS K. UDALL, Arizona

SAM STEIGER, Arizona PHILLIP BURTON, California

JAMES A. MCCLURE, Idaho THOMAS S. FOLEY, Washington

DON H. CLÀUSEN, California ROBERT W. KASTENMEIER, Wisconsin PHILIP E. RUPPE, Michigan JAMES G. O'HARA, Michigan

JOHNN. HAPPY CAMP, Oklahoma WILLIAM F. RYAN, New York

MANUEL LUJAN, JR., New Mexico PATSY T. MINK, Hawaii

SHERMAN P. LLOYD, Utah JAMES KEE, West Virginia

JOHN DELLENBACK, Oregon LLOYD MEEDS, Washington

KEITH G. SEBELIUS, Kansas ABRAHAM KAZEN, JR., Texas

JAMES D. MCKEVITT, Colorado BILL D. BURLISON, Missouri

JOHN H. TERRY, New York ROBERT G. STEPHENS, JR., Georgia JORGE L. CÓRDOVA, Puerto Rico JOSEPH P. VIGORITO, Pennsylvania

(Resident Commissioner)
JOHN MELCHER, Montana
TENO RONCALIO, Wyoming
NICK BEGICH, Alaska
JAMES ABOUREZK, South Dakota

SIDNEY L. MCFARLAND, Staff Director and Chief Clerk

LEWIS A. SIGLER, Counsel
CHARLES LEPPERT, Jr., Minority Counsel

TERRITORIAL AND INSULAR AFFAIRS

PHILLIP BURTON, Chairman JAMES A, HALEY

DON H. CLAUSEN ROY A, TAYLOR

CRAIG HOSMER THOMAS S. FOLEY

JOE SKUBITZ WILLIAM F. RYAN

PHILIP E. RUPPE PATSY T. MINK

MANUEL LUJAN, JR. LLOYD MEEDS

KEITH G. SEBELIUS BILL D. BURLISON

JAMES D. MCKEVITT
ROBERT G. STEPHENS, JR.

JORGE L. CÓRDOVA
JOSEPH P. VIGORITO
TENO RONCALIO
NICK BEGICH

WILLIAM G. THOMAS, Consultant on Territorial and Insular Affairs

NOTE.—The chairman, Hon. Wayne N. Aspinall, and the ranking minority member, Hon. John P. Saylor, are ex officio members of this subcommittee.

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CONTENTS

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Statements:

Erb, Richard L., president, Virgin Islands Hotel Association,
Farrington Mrs. Elizabeth P., Director, Office of Territories, Depart-

ment of the Interior..

Loesch, Hon. Harrison, A-sistant Secretary of the Interior for Public

Land Management.

Virgin Islands Hotel Association, presented by Richard L. Erb,

president..

Basic territorial laws:

American Samoa, Constitution..

Guam Organic Act..

Puerto Rico, Constitution of the Commonwealth.

Trust Territory of the Pacific:

Trusteeship, agreement for the U.S. Trust Territory of the

Pacific Islands.

Executive Order No. 11021.

Secretarial Order No. 2918_

Secretarial Order No. 2918, Amendment No. 1.

Secretarial Order No. 2918, Amendment No. 2.

Virgin Islands Organic Act---

Status of the trust territory:

Department of State statement on Marianas secession.
Eleventh Guam Legislature, Resolution No. 134.
Eleventh Guam Legislature, Resolution No. 258.
Third Mariana Islands District Legislature, Resolution No. 12–1970.
Third Mariana Islands District Legislature, Resolution No. 30–1971.
Report of the Drafting Committee, United Nations Trusteeship

Council, June 15, 1971..
Letter by Harrison A. Loesch, Assistant Secretary for Land Manage-

ment, to Hon. Phillip Burton, dated June 9, 1971.--
Letters:

Greenwald, Jon, attorney, to Hon. Hugh L. Carey, dated April 16,

1970..
Halsted, David C., LO/UNP, Department of State, to Thomas L.

Whittington, staff assistant, Office of the Assistant Secretary, De-
partment of the Interior, dated May 26, 1971 (memorandum)

(plus statement)-
Loesch, Hon. Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Interior, to Hon.

Phillip Burton, dated May 11, 1971, response to inquiry of April 28.-

Loesch, Hon. Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Interior, to Hon.

Phillip Burton, dated May 11, 1971, information on tax benefits

and requirements for local hire of American Samoa Bulova Watch

Co

Loesch, Hon. Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Interior, to Hon.

Phillip Burton, dated May 11, 1971, containing information regard-

ing agreement between Harvey Alumina and the Virgin Islands

Government.

Van Cleve, Mrs. Ruth G., Director, Office of Territories, Department

of the Interior, to Hess Oil & Chemical Corp., Perth Amboy, N.J.,

dated January 17, 1969.

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Additional information:

Agreement between the government of the Virgin Islands and the

Harvey Alumina Virgin Islands, Inc., dated January 1, 1962.--Government of the Virgin Islands-Summary of selected data on

grants of tax exemption and subsidy and subsidies paid by fiscal years (table). Hess Oil Co., Submerged Lands permit No. 3.

Amendment No. 1 to Submerged Lands Permit No. 3..

Amendment No. 2 to Submerged Lands Permit No. 3...
U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Territories, major areas of

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BRIEFING SESSION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR

ON TERRITORIAL PROBLEMS

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 1971

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRITORIAL AND INSULAR AFFAIRS
COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS,

Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 9:57 a.m., in room 1324, Longworth House Office Building, Hon. Phillip Burton (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.

Mr. BURTON. We will call the Subcommittee on Territorial and Insular Affairs meeting to order. We would like to welcome the Department of Interior representatives who are here today to brief the members of the subcommittee.

We would like to welcome our distinguished chairman, Mr. Aspinall, and congratulate our distinguished colleague from Puerto Rico, Jorge Córdova, on his birthday. Thank you.

Commissioner, would you care to brief us on some of the highlights of your personal career? It's been so long and you still look so young.

Mr. CÓRDOVA. I note that we are considering among other things, the variety of types of status of different territories. My political career has been devoted almost entirely to the problem of status in Puerto Rico, and it is the reason I am here as the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico, that I am in politics. It is a real issue in Puerto Rico, in spite of the fact that we have obtained, after a number of years, a considerable degree of autonomy, self-government, greater, certainly than any territory achieved on its way to statehood.

I have been, before entering politics, a lawyer and, for a few years, a judge in Puerto Rico. I also dabbled in teaching law. It is a difficult thing to try to teach law and also practice it at the same time. Well, that about sums it up briefly and brings me up to date.

Mr. BURTON. We are delighted to share this occasion with you. Mr. ASPINALL. May the record show that our colleague from Puerto Rico has never been content with the status quo. He has always been one to march forward.

Mr. CÓRDOVA. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. You are quite correct.

Mr. BURTON. Mr. Harrison Loesch, the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Interior.

Mr. Loesch, would you and Mrs. Farrington come forward. Please proceed.

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