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Obama can act on sovereignty


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 13, 2013

~~<p>The so-called Akaka Bill aimed at achieving Hawaiian sovereignty has been stalled more than a decade in Congress because of opposition by Senate Republicans, leaving the most realistic approach to be executive order. Hawaii's Democratic delegation is wisely pursuing that approach while Hawaii-born President Barack Obama remains in the White House.</p>
<p>The 1994 Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act provides administrative procedures to allow an American Indian group to be federally recognized, and Hawaii's members of Congress are examining how Native Hawaiians may be included. If so, the secretary of interior would be able initiate that recognition.</p>
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The so-called Akaka Bill aimed at achieving Hawaiian sovereignty has been stalled more than a decade in Congress because of opposition by Senate Republicans, leaving the most realistic approach to be executive order. Hawaii's Democratic delegation is wisely pursuing that approach while Hawaii-born President Barack Obama remains in the White House.

The 1994 Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act provides administrative procedures to allow an American Indian group to be federally recognized, and Hawaii's members of Congress are examining how Native Hawaiians may be included. If so, the secretary of interior would be able initiate that recognition. Login for more...



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