No. 88-15494.

896 F.2d 426 (1990)

Larry L. HILLBLOM; Jose Lifoifoi, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. UNITED STATES of America; Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Decided February 21, 1990.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Larry L. Hillblom, pro se.

Peter J. Donnici, Dennis C. Kerwin, Donnici & Lupo, San Francisco, Cal., for plaintiffs-appellants.

John R. Bolton, Asst. Atty. Gen., K. William O'Connor, U.S. Atty., Barbara L. Herwig, Jacob M. Lewis, Dept. of Justice, Washington, D.C., for defendant-appellee U.S.

Before GOODWIN, Chief Judge, PREGERSON and REINHARDT, Circuit Judges.

REINHARDT, Circuit Judge:

The relationship between the United States and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands ("CNMI") is governed by the Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States ("the Covenant"). Pursuant to section 103 of the Covenant, the people of the Commonwealth have the right of local self-government. With respect to their internal affairs, they are entitled to govern themselves according...

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