are you familiar with what the bill is? Or do you just google it and go with wikipedia?
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (Illinois) today released a statement expressing his acknowledgement and support of the Native Hawaiian
Government Reorganization Act, otherwise known as the Akaka Bill.
The former Hawai'i resident and Punahou School graduate released the following statement today, through his local campaign committee:
"Hawaii has always acknowledged and celebrated diversity, and an important part of Hawaii's culture is the Native Hawaiian people. For this
reason, I am proud to support Senators Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye in their efforts to extend the federal policy of self-governance and
self-determination to Native Hawaiians.
The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act provides both the process and opportunity for Native Hawaiian communities to engage themselves
in and reorganize their governing entity to establish a federally recognized government-to-government relationship with the United States. The
process set forth in this important legislation empowers Native Hawaiians to explore and address the longstanding issues resulting from the overthrow
of the kingdom of Hawaii.
As Americans, we pride ourselves on safeguarding the practice and ideas of liberty, justice, and freedom. By enacting this legislation, we can
continue this great American tradition and fulfill this promise for Native Hawaiians and ensure that they are not left behind as Hawaii continues to
This is an important bill, and if it is not signed into law this year, I will commit to supporting it as president."
Hawai'i native rights attorney Bill Meheula added, "This statement of support comes from a leader with an impeccable record on civil rights. It also
reminds us that Senator Obama is not a national leader who needs to be briefed on local issues. Being from here, he knows what is important from the
The native traditions of Hawaii die away every generation. This bill is a way to curb that and try and bring back some old traditions and Hawaii ways
of life. We will not be left with 49 states. Stop continuing the garbage...
throw enough crap on the wall and see what sticks eh?