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Hawaii Tribune Herald 1/18/2007
Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka warned the US Senate wed. “That failure to adopt his bill to grant native Hawaiian’s federal recognition could lead to a divided Hawaii,” with many young Hawaiian wanting the islands to become a separate nation.
Hawaii’s Sen. Daniel Akaka plans to reintroduce his bill today that would grant federal recognition to Native Hawaiians, hoping it will have a better chance of passage with a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress. The effort comes seven months after the bill failed to get a final vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. All votes against considering it were from Republicans. The legislation, nicknamed the Akaka bill, is part of a seven-year push for legislation to recognize Native Hawaiians as indigenous inhabitants of the 50th state — a legal status similar to that of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Hawaii Tribune Herald 1/17/2007
“it will redress the wrongs done during the US backed overthrow of the Hawaiian monarcy in 1893.”
Tribune Herald 1/17/2007 retired philosophy professional Ken Conklin
“It would authorize federal recognition of a phony Indian tribe invented out of thin air,” Conklin said. “Twenty percent of Hawaii’s people, completely integrated and intermarried, living, working, and praying side-by-side with everyone else throughout all neighborhoods, would be singled out by law solely because they have a drop of native blood and given a new government.
Hawaii is a land of immigrants, some ancient and some recent. Some estimate the population of Native Hawaiians in 1778 was 300,000, others believe it was much larger. The introduction of diseases unknown in isolated Hawaii decimated the population after European contact. The population of Hawaii decreased from first contact until 1872 when it hit a low of 56,000. The Hawaiian population was so low that sugar planters needed to import labor from other countries.
If any native Hawaiians are still living, then if they want to be accorded the same “treatment” we give Native Americans, so be it. But it should be their choice to make.
To acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the January 17, 1893 overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, and to offer an apology to Native Hawaiians on behalf of the United States for the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
Opponents have said the Akaka Bill illegally discriminates in favor of one race and would not be constitutional, while supporters say the bill is about the former Hawaiian nation and not an ethnic group.
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says granting Hawaiians the right to form their own government would "discriminate on the basis of race or national origin, and further subdivide the American people into discrete subgroups accorded varying degrees of privilege."
The current system of preferences for Hawaiians, and the Akaka bill, may be found in violation of the Constitution's Fifth and 14th Amendments.
The Senator attempted to backtrack on a highly inflammatory statement he made in a 2005 interview on National Public Radio, during which he admitted the Akaka Bill could lead to Hawaii’s secession from the United States.
To suggest that this resolution is the first step toward declaring independence for the State of Hawaii is a painful distortion of the intent of the authors. To suggest that this resolution is intended to expel non-Hawaiians from the State of Hawaii is something that even the most severe critics of this resolution in Hawaii would not even consider.
Mr. President, may I once again say that the suggestion that this resolution was the first step toward declaring independence or seceding from the United States is at best a very painful distortion of our intent. The whereases were placed in the resolution for a very simple reason: So that those who are studying this resolution or those students of history in years to come can look back and say that is the way it was in Hawaii on January 17, 1893.
To suggest that we are attempting to restore the Kingdom, Mr. President, I find it most difficult to find words to even respond to that.
Mr. President, I indicated that we submitted this resolution because of our love for our country. It is that simple. Because we believe that our country is big enough and great enough to recognize wrong and admit it. It is simple.
And for those who may somehow question the patriotism of the people of Hawaii, it may be well to note that in World War II -- that great war -- there were more volunteers from Hawaii on a per capita basis than any other State in the Union. We sent more sons and daughters than any other State in the Union. Never did we complain, because we felt it was a matter of honor.
No, no, this is not seceding or independence. We fought for statehood long enough and we cherish it and we want to stay there. I can assure you, I do not wish to leave this place.
So, Mr. President, I hope that our assurance would suffice. After all, we are the authors of this resolution, and that is not our intention.
posted by whoknew
There are still some 3200 plus "native Hawaiians" by the last stat I read. can't find the link right now (will post once found.) [Edited by Don W]
I’d suggest 4 things.
1) Excuse all living Hawaiians from future Federal income tax obligations for their life.
2) Offer a special K-16 school where the Hawaiians are the School Board, totally in charge, but funded to hire appropriately trained people as teachers and administrators, to serve at the Board’s pleasure.
3) to pay for all post baccalaureate studies by any ½ parentage child, until the end of this century with an annual stipend.
4) Fund a museum for Pre-American Hawaii, again, with only real Hawaiians planning and operating the museum. But us to pay for it.