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The mission of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council is to foster awareness, understanding and appreciation for the humanities through support of educational programs that relate the humanities to the indigenous cultures and to the intellectual needs and interests of the people of the Commonwealth. 


Racial Equality & Civil Unrest

Through the voices and courage of residents of The Marianas, the Northern Marianas Humanities Council features a series of interviews – Racial Equality & Civil Unrest – to take a deep dive into these issues through the lens of the humanities.

John Davis – Former high school teacher of U.S Government and Vietnam War veteran John Davis gives us highlights of Racial Equality and Civil Unrest.

Dr. Beylul Solomon – A PhD in Developmental Psychology, Dr. Solomon provides an introductory overview of Racial Equality and Civil Unrest.

Thomas Manglona – Multi Media Journalist Thomas Manglona II describes how the media & social media influences issues of Racial Equality and Civil Unrest. 

Gordon Marciano – Local indigenous leader Gordon Marciano offers a Marianas perspective on Racial Equality and Civil Unrest with examples from recent Marianas history and his personal journey.

 Joe Hill – Attorney Joe Hill shares highlights of U.S Laws and Court cases related to racial equality and civil unrest. 


Sacrificing Sovereignty for Citizenship (GPH20-00295)
Period of Performance: Jan. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2020
Award Amount: $3,130

Project Director, Anita Hofschneider, conducts oral history interviews of people in Saipan, Tinian and Rota who participated in the 1975 vote to become a U.S. commonwealth and investigates the reasons the indigenous people of the CNMI voted to give up their sovereignty in exchange for gaining U.S. citizenship.  Ms. Hofschneider presented her work to an audience at the American Memorial Park on March 11, 2020.  Interviews will be archived at the University of Hawaii Oral History Department.

Check out the Community Grant Program Application & Guide to learn more about how you can receive a grant for a humanities project.

Humanities in the News

Northern Marianas Humanities Council would like to share our recent news update.

June 24, 2020Marianas Variety - June is CNMI Pride Month
June 22, 2020Saipan Tribune - Deadline nears for NMHC Pride Talks Writing Contest
June 19, 2020Saipan Tribune - Life Conversations at "Your Humanities Half Hour"
June 18, 2020 Saipan Tribune - Humanities Council Awards COVID-19 Relief Grants
June 11, 2020Marianas Variety - Humanities Council to hold PRIDE writing competition
June 04, 2020Marianas Variety - Robert Hunter Named Senior Policy Advisor
May 04, 2020Marianas Variety - Northern Marianas Humanities Council announces Covid-19 relief grant for cultural non-profits and participants in humanities programming
April 24, 2020 Saipan Tribune - More funding for the Marianas amidst COVID-19 pandemic
January 27, 2020 Marianas Variety - Epitaph of CNMI’s democracy | 78: Ugly GOP for MLK Day — Give Dems a Chance!!!
January 23, 2020 Marianas Variety - D&Q, Saipan Ice support tourism summit
January 08, 2020 Marianas Variety - Speakers set for tourism summit on Jan. 23
October 28, 2019Saipan Tribune - Five named humanities awardees
October 03, 2019Saipan Tribune - Deadline to submit Humanities Awards nominees
September 30, 2019Saipan Tribune - Telling the Marianas story from a local perspective


The Northern Marianas Humanities Council (Council) is looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic team player for the position of Program Officer.  The Program Officer works creatively to develop and implement a variety of humanities programs and events and manages the Council’s Community Grants program. View the full position description and how to apply here.

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