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Rule aims at recognition for Native Hawaiians

A federal proposal is not concerned with governance, an OHA trustee emphasizes

By Rob Shikina

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 25, 2014

~~<p>The U.S. Department of the Interior is considering an administrative rule to create a Native Hawaiian government, marking the first time the federal government has taken a step to give Native Hawaiians federal recognition without congressional approval.</p>
<p>&quot;We're pleased with the progress,&quot; said Oswald Stender, a trustee for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. &quot;What they're doing is doing due diligence on our request to have Hawaiians recognized as indigenous people.&quot;</p>
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The U.S. Department of the Interior is considering an administrative rule to create a Native Hawaiian government, marking the first time the federal government has taken a step to give Native Hawaiians federal recognition without congressional approval.

"We're pleased with the progress," said Oswald Stender, a trustee for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. "What they're doing is doing due diligence on our request to have Hawaiians recognized as indigenous people." Login for more...



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