Hawaii for the Hawaiians?
There’s a bill in the Senate that would segregate ethnic Hawaiian people and public lands from the state of Hawaii. It’s known as “Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009”.
Senator Akaka (D-HI) has been trying to get this through since 2000.
According to the Wall Street Journal, in an editorial titled Aloha, Segregation:
… the bill would transfer a percentage of public-owned lands to a native Hawaiian government within the state of Hawaii. The legislation would collect some 400,000 ethnic Hawaiians scattered across the country into a newly affiliated tribe, eventually endowed with the powers of a sovereign state, including freedom from state taxes and regulations and separate police power.
Under the Akaka bill, someone will have to divine exactly who qualifies as a Native Hawaiian. In the bill’s current version, the determination would be handled by a nine member commission staffed by experts in native Hawaiian genealogy.
That, says the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, amounts to racial discrimination and would “subdivide the American People into discrete subgroups accorded varying degrees of privilege.”
There’s a lot of resistance to the bill, even from the Hawaiians:
There have been many shady dealings with Senators Akaka and Inouye lately. So far the Akaka Bill is unavailable to the public until sometime next week after mark ups.
That seems very shady.
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Obama and Akaka are revving to set us up
Despite Hawaiians voicing their opposition to the Akaka Bill they continue to try to set up a trust relationship between Hawaiians and the federal government without the consent of Hawaiians.
There’s more to this issue – we’ll post more, later.