Pared-down Akaka Bill passes U.S. Senate committee
By Dennis Camire
Sept. 14, 2012
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The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, chaired by Hawaii Sen. Daniel Akaka, on Thursday advanced Akaka’s namesake bill, which would provide for federal recognition of Native Hawaiians. There were two dissentions in the voice vote.
COURTESY DENNIS CAMIRE Retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, left, has been trying for 12 years to get his Native Hawaiian recognition bill passed by the full Senate. His Hawaii colleague, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, seated at right, has pledged to continue fighting for the bill.