Today’s disappointing but not unfortunately not surprising US Supreme Court Decision in the case of Hawaii v. OHA reinforces that an apology is nothing more that an acknowledgement of a wrong that has been done. If you apologize that does not mean you are obligated to enable redress for these wrongs? I believe so. The US government does not.
I am Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) but since I am also United States Citizen. It saddens me to realize that a US Congressional Resolution such as the 1993 Apology Resolution would be passed only to effectively be reduced to a statement equivalent to “Oops, my bad!” by the US Supreme Court 16 years later.
The 1993 Apology states, “the indigenous Hawaiian
people never directly relinquished their claims to their inherent
sovereignty as a people or over their national lands to the United States,
either through their monarchy or through a plebiscite or referendum”. The
court ruled today that this was merely “symbolic”.
Here is the link to the Supreme Court Decision.
And two articles on the subject: