Department of Education U.S. Department of Education . Educational accreditation decisions are made by voluntary regional associations (regional accreditation). Schools in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands, teach in English, while schools in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico teach in Spanish. Nonprofit private schools are widespread, are largely independent of the government, and include secular as well
before being listed on active strength, 1,000,000 civilians treated as POW by Germany; and an estimated 150,000 militia and 250,000 Soviet partisan dead, which are considered civilian war losses in the official figures. The estimate by most western historians of Soviet military POW deaths is about 3 million out of 5.7 million total POWs in German hands There were additional casualties in 1939–40, which
and Agrihan. The volcano on Agrihan has the highest elevation at of ash and rock were ejected, causing a large, black cloud to drift south over Saipan
the fanihi population as well; hunting them is now illegal. Guam has highest per capita consumption of tabasco sauce in the world: almost two 2-ounce bottles per person per year. Tabasco and Spam united to create Hot & Spicy Spam, which debuted on Guam. Cans of Hot & Spicy Spam sold throughout the world feature a recipe for Spam Fried Rice from Guam-based restaurant Shirley's. The Marianas and the Hawaiian islands are the world's foremost consumers, per capita, of Spam, with Guam
district courts, including diversity jurisdiction and bankruptcy jurisdiction. Appeals are taken to the Ninth Circuit (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit). Economy
, the CNMI's principal island, have the only McDonald's restaurants that feature Spam on the menu. In Hawaii, Burger King began serving Spam in 2007 on its menu to compete with the local McDonald's chains.
Islands commenced in November 1944 after the XXI Bomber Command was activated there.
of the workers being from China or the Philippines. Cockfighting is a weekend activity at the Saipan Cockpit. Betting on the outcome is legal. Talk thumb 200px Katori Shrine on Saipan (File:Saipan Katori Shrine7.JPG) '''English''' is the official language and universally spoken, but 86% of the population speaks a language other than English at home, including the native languages Chamorro (Chamorro phrasebook) and Carolinian (Carolinian phrasebook). Basic Japanese phrasebook Japanese
United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization approved a draft resolution calling on the Government of the United States to expedite a process that would allow the Puerto Rican people to exercise fully their inalienable right to self-determination and independence.
developments Puerto Rico Recent developments for more information. On May 10, 1979, four of the Trust Territory districts ratified a new constitution to become the Federated States of Micronesia. Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands chose not to participate. The FSM signed a Compact of Free Association with the United States of America (United States), which entered into force on November 3, 1986, marking Micronesia's emergence from trusteeship to independence. The Compact was renewed in 2004. The island of Guam is
The '''Northern Mariana Islands''', officially the '''Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands''' ('''CNMI'''; are permanently inhabited.
The Commonwealth's center of government is in the village of Capitol Hill (Capital Hill, Saipan) on Saipan. As the island is governed as a single municipality, most publications name Saipan as the Commonwealth's capital (Capital (political)).