Guam State Historic Preservation Officer Linda Aguon is seeking preservation of a ranch on Andersen South claimed by the late Sen. Angel Santos.

In an Aug. 24 letter to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Aguon raised concerns about undocumented, and potentially historic, "launches," or ranches, within the planned Urban Combat Training Project in the area.

"We have good reason to believe that one of these farms was occupied by Sen. Angel Anthony Leon Guerrero Santos III when he was arrested by federal authorities for occupying what he believed was the illegal taking of his grandfather's lancho."

In 2000, Santos began a six-month term in federal prison for violating a 1993 court order to stay off federal land near Andersen Air Force Base in Dededo. Santos died in 2003 at the age of 44.

NAVFAC issued its response in the revised Programmatic Agreement Memo No. 2, which was released to the media last Friday.

Aguon asks for Santos' property "to be clearly identified and protected in place for future generations," noting that Santos was a prominent figure on Guam and "a believer in decolonization."

However, NAVFAC's response memo states that "no domestic artifact scatters were documented in the project area during an archaeological survey."

The memo also notes that the location of the farm claimed by the late senator is not clear.

"If SHPO is aware of documents that could associate a particular location with the senator's farm, we request copies of such records."

"Currently, we have no evidence of 19th or early 20th century domestic structures" at Andersen South, the memo states.

The SHPO's letter also refers to a 1999 newspaper article written by the late senator, in which he announced that he was going to bulldoze a concrete structure on Air Force property that he had built in 1993 to protest the military's failure to return excess land to original landowners.

The NAVFAC memo states that "archaeologists will attempt to re-locate the concrete structure mentioned in this article, but as statements imply, the remains of the concrete structure may no longer be discernible if it has been demolished with heavy equipment.

"Prior surveys on Andersen South in this vicinity did not note the presence of a modern concrete structure in the potential lancho areas," according to the memo.


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