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Akaka launches last-minute effort for his Native Hawaiian bill

By Dennis Camire

Special to the Star-Advertiser

LAST UPDATED: 04:31 p.m. HST, Sep 13, 2012

WASHINGTON >> A Senate panel approved the newest version of a Native Hawaiian federal recognition bill today, signaling the start of a last-ditch campaign to gain a full Senate vote on the measure before its chief sponsor retires.

"We're still trying to the very end to get something that we will be striving to pass," said Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, the bill's chief sponsor who retires in four months.

For a dozen years, Akaka, chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, has sought full Senate approval of the measure which would create a process for Native Hawaiian self government, only to be blocked by Republican colleagues.

The new bill is a stripped-down version of a Native Hawaiian bill the committee passed last year. It drops provisions that created a process to determine who qualifies as Native Hawaiian and enrolls them as part of creating a new Native Hawaiian government. A new Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, set up by the state Legislature, is now performing those functions.

The bill now focuses on a structured process to reorganize a Native Hawaiian government, including drafting and ratification of a constitution and by-laws and the election of officers, with similar federal privileges given to federally recognized Native American tribes.


S. 675 Akaka Amendment

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loquaciousone wrote:
At least we can give him an A for trying.
on September 13,2012 | 02:50PM
bobbob wrote:
Insanity: doing the same thing repeatedly, and expecting different results every time. ~ Albert Einstein
on September 13,2012 | 09:45PM
Waimea_Cowboy wrote:
Ahh, the sneak-it-into-the-Lame-Duck-session technique! This legislation should be an embarrassment to every American, to say nothing of every citizen claiming Hawaii ancestry. Racism is racism, no matter the race you prefer. Imua!
on September 13,2012 | 03:12PM
Its a loosing battle; Its a tough political battle. At least Mr. Akaka should be given a recognition for trying many years getting the Hawaiian Bill passed.
on September 13,2012 | 03:25PM
Bdpapa wrote:
He may have finally found the correct avenue in his pursuit.
on September 13,2012 | 03:43PM
tiki886 wrote:
There was never a chance to disguise an apartheid secessionist Bill as a 'social justice' reparations Bill.
on September 13,2012 | 03:59PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Lost cause. Give up already. Too many Republicans will kill this.
on September 13,2012 | 04:06PM
bobbob wrote:
If he couldn't get this thing passed with obama in office and inouye at his back, there's no way it'll pass, ever. The native hawaiians (assuming you can call people with 10% hawaiian that), don't even agree on whether to support the bill or not.
on September 13,2012 | 09:46PM
noheawilli wrote:
Maybe get rid of the racist standards of the bill and allow all of us who wish to be free from this overbearing gov to choose.
on September 13,2012 | 05:07PM
sjean wrote:
I wonder what the candidate Romney thinks of the Akaka bill.
on September 13,2012 | 05:35PM
tiki886 wrote:
His Mormon faith is already spending hundreds of millions of dollars financing the education of POLYNESIANS at BYU Hawaii through the Polynesian Cultural Center.
on September 13,2012 | 06:58PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Promptly after introducing the bill, Akaka sat for lunch and tried to eat his soup with a fork. How long do we keep these doddering, out of touch politicians in office?
on September 13,2012 | 07:04PM
Fred01 wrote:
Please stop the insults all you haters. Daniel Akaka is a sweet man. How about a compromise? Perhaps the US empire should establish Lanai and Molokai as the Kanaka Maoli Nation, tribal lands in the control of the 50% plus blood quantum natives elected by them (then up to them to decide further details about what it means to be Hawaiian and who can join the tribe). It was good enough for the Navajos and the Sioux on the mainland. Why not? It would be easy to do, and would ensure the preservation of the Hawaiian heritage....which is in everyone's best interest. Some stupid billionaire white dude owns Lanai anyway. Come on Hawaii, let's do this. Exercise our State's sovereignty and the eminent domain power!
on September 13,2012 | 08:13PM
bobbob wrote:
You do realize that there are many hawaiians that don't support the kaka bill at all right? No matter what you do, they will simply fight one another, and in the end, will receive no recognition at all.
on September 13,2012 | 09:47PM
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