Article and video of Sen. Akaka’s speech. The clip is the portion of his speech about native sovereignty, self-determination, and Hawaiian recognition.
Derek Hoohauoli Kauanoe and Breann Swann Nuuhiwa have posted “We are Who We Thought We Were: Congress’ Authority to Recognize a Native Hawaiian Polity United by Common Descent” on SSRN. It is forthcoming in the Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal.
Here is the abstract:
In an attempt to fulfill the federal government’s moral imperative, the United States Congress has spent more than a decade considering several proposed versions of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (colloquially referred to as the “Akaka Bill”), which seeks to restore a small measure of Native Hawaiian self-governing authority by providing a process for the formal federal acknowledgment of a reorganized Native Hawaiian governing entity. The proposed Act changes significantly with each new Congress, but from its initial introduction in 2000 to the present, the Act has consistently required that the initial reorganization of the Native Hawaiian polity be carried out by the Native Hawaiian community, united by common Native Hawaiian descent without regard to blood quantum.
News article here.
Until December 17 (here).
Here is the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting, from SCIA.
My sense is that any constitutional objections to the Bill could be overcome with the political will to do so. But this document articulates (in coded language) that there just is no political will from the Bush Administration to take any action to assist people of color.