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DHHL needs fed oversight


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 29, 2013

~~<p>Long in coming, the federal government has decided to create new rules intended to put eligible Native Hawaiians onto homestead lots, prompted by a Star-Advertiser series revealing mismanagement of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. In two to three months, the Interior Department plans to put before the public its proposal, which needs to consist of a clear and open process for the program.</p>
<p>Assistant Interior Secretary Rhea Suh notified DHHL Director Jobie Masagatani in a letter Monday of that intention, citing a &quot;most concerning&quot; three-story series by Star-Advertiser reporter Rob Perez. Credit also belongs to Robin Danner of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, who urged President Barack Obama at the White House in May for authorization of the federal rule-making, and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, who has been meeting with Suh to encourage her department to provide aggressive oversight and assistance to DHHL. &quot;We are off to a good start,&quot; Schatz said.</p>
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Long in coming, the federal government has decided to create new rules intended to put eligible Native Hawaiians onto homestead lots, prompted by a Star-Advertiser series revealing mismanagement of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. In two to three months, the Interior Department plans to put before the public its proposal, which needs to consist of a clear and open process for the program.

Assistant Interior Secretary Rhea Suh notified DHHL Director Jobie Masagatani in a letter Monday of that intention, citing a "most concerning" three-story series by Star-Advertiser reporter Rob Perez. Credit also belongs to Robin Danner of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, who urged President Barack Obama at the White House in May for authorization of the federal rule-making, and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, who has been meeting with Suh to encourage her department to provide aggressive oversight and assistance to DHHL. "We are off to a good start," Schatz said. Login for more...



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