Serious Stuff: Sovereignty of Hawaii’s indigenous people

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A recent article by J. Kehaulani Kauanui brings an alternative view to the Akaka Bill, which talks about some troubling consequences the Akaka Bill might have for citizens of the nation of Hawaiʻi. (Which BTW arenʻt necessarily all Native Hawaiians)

On Saturday July 7th, 2011 Governor Neil Abercrombie signed SB 1520. The bill supports congressional efforts to gain similar recognition for Native Hawaiian people as granted to some North American indigenous groups. Most Native Hawaiians know that the sovereign nation of Hawaiʻi was illegally overthrown and occupied in 1893 by a small group of American business men. An increasing residents of Hawaiʻi and even Americans living in the continental United States are becoming aware of this history.

But what should be done right this hewa (wrong)?

It is a confusing issue, and one path to righting this wrong that is often discussed is what is commonly called the Akaka Bill (or the Native Hawaiian government reorganization act). SB1520 is a step towards achieving the vision of Hawaiian governance outlined in the Akaka Bill. But is it possible that the Akaka bill could actually be the first time that the citizens of Hawaiʻi legally surrender to the United States thereby nullifying any future claims for sovereignty?

Are there any other options? What about the UN declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples?

Kauanui have an interesting perspective that you donʻt see very often, please read her article and I would love to know any thoughts that you might have about the issue of Hawaiian sovereignty and the Akaka Bill. I am figuring it all out myself too!

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