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The U.S. Department of the Interior has scheduled a series of three-hour public meetings in Hawaii and Native American communities on the mainland to solicit comments and feedback on whether and how the process of reestablishing a government-to-government relationship with Native Hawaiians should move forward.

Attendance at the meetings is not required for public comment, according to the department. Comments can be submitted online through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: beginning later this week, or via U.S. mail, courier, or hand delivery to: Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior, Room 7329, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240 (use Regulation Identifier Number 1090-AB05 in your message).

The public will have 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register to provide comments on this action, officials said Wednesday. Here is the meeting schedule:

Public Meetings in Hawaii: June 23 through July 8


Monday: Honolulu, 9:00 a.m., Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium

Monday: Waimanalo, 6:00 p.m., Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School

Tuesday: Waianae Coast, 6:00 p.m., Nanaikapono Elementary School

June 25: Kaneohe, 6:00 p.m., Heeia Elementary School

June 26: Kapolei, 6:00 p.m., Makakilo Elementary School


June 27: Lanai City, 6:00 p.m., Lanai Senior Center


June 28: Kaunakakai, 1:00 p.m., Kaunakakai Elementary School


June 30: Waimea, 6:00 p.m., Waimea Neighborhood Center

July 1, Kapaa, 6:00 p.m., Kapaa Elementary School


July 2: Hilo, 6:00 p.m., Keaukaha Elementary School

July 3: Waimea, 10:00 a.m., Waimea Community Center

July 3: Kona, 6:00 p.m., Kealakehe High School


July 5: Hana, 1:00 p.m., Hana High & Elementary School

July 7: Lahaina, 6:00 p.m., King Kamehameha III Elementary School

July 8: Kahului, 6:00 p.m., Pomaikai Elementary School


Indian Country Consultations: July 29 through Aug. 7

July 29, 9:00 a.m., Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, Minn.

July 30, 1:00 p.m., Rushmore Civic Center, Rapid City, S.D.

Aug. 1, 9:00 a.m., Tulalip Resort, Seattle

Aug. 5, 9:00 a.m., Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz. 

Aug. 7, 9:00 a.m., Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Conn.

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