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2007-11-14 OHA Fact Check – GrassrootWiki

November 14th, 2007

2007-11-14 OHA Fact Check – GrassrootWiki

Following the publication of “corrections” by OHA to the devastating testimony against the basis and promises of the Akaka Bill during hearings held before the Hawaii Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, detailed rebuttals are presented.

Racial Division, Hawaiian Style @ Outside The Wire

October 25th, 2007

Racial Division, Hawaiian Style @ Outside The Wire

Republican Study Committee Report – H.R. 505

October 24th, 2007

http://www.angelfire.com/planet/big60/AkakaHouseRSC102407.pdf

H.R. 505— Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2007
(Abercrombie, D-HI)

Order of Business: The bill is scheduled to be considered on Wednesday, October 24, 2007, subject to a structured or closed rule. Information with regard to any amendments made in order will be provided in a separate document.

Summary: H.R. 505 would recognize and authorize the creation of a sovereign Native
Hawaiian governing entity, i.e. an Indian tribe. In order to do that, the bill would establish a process for organizing the Native Hawaiian people into an entity that knows who its members are, possesses authority over its members, adopts governing documents, etc. Such a tribe would likely have as many as 400,000 members nationwide, including more than 20 percent of Hawaii’s residents, and potential authority over Native Hawaiians in all of the fifty states. If each Native Hawaiian eligible under this legislation were to apply to become a member of the new governing entity, it would be one of the nation’s largest Indian tribe.

For more details on what the bill would do, see the “Detailed Summary” and “Conservative Concerns” sections below.

» Read more: Republican Study Committee Report – H.R. 505

American Chronicle: House to vote on Establishing Hawaiian Race-Based Government

October 24th, 2007

American Chronicle: House to vote on Establishing Hawaiian Race-Based Government

The Editors on Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization on National Review Online

October 24th, 2007

The Editors on Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization on National Review Online

Peter Kirsanow on Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act on National Review Online

October 24th, 2007

Peter Kirsanow on Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act on National Review Online

The Corner on National Review Online

October 23rd, 2007

The Corner on National Review Online

House To Vote Tomorrow on Akaka Bill   [Roger Clegg]

The Washington Times reports today that the House is expected to vote tomorrow on the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, also known as the Akaka bill (after its Senate sponsor).  As NR readers will recall—the bill has been decried here by the editors, Ramesh, Peter Kirsanow, yours truly, and others—it would create a new “Indian tribe” made up of anyone with a drop of Native Hawaiian blood.  The idea is to end-run a Supreme Court decision that said—quite rightly—that preferences for Native Hawaiians are ethnic preferences and therefore presumptively unconstitutional; now, presto!, they will no longer be an ethnic group but an Indian tribe, and discrimination in their favor will be perfectly fine.

The bill is unconstitutional, and it is also ugly, divisive, and balkanizing—for Hawaii, of course, but for the whole country as well, particularly in light of the precedent it sets.  The Bush administration issued a statement strongly opposing the bill yesterday.  Anyone who votes for it will have a lot to answer for.

Bush Administration Strongly Opposes The Akaka Bill (H.R. 505)

October 22nd, 2007

Hawaii Reporter: Bush Administration Strongly Opposes The Akaka Bill (H.R. 505)

By Executive Office of the President, 10/22/2007 3:33:16 PM

STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY

H.R. 505 – Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2007 (Rep. Abercrombie (D) Hawaii and 7 cosponsors)

The Administration strongly opposes passage of H.R. 505. As the U.S. Civil Rights Commission recently noted, this legislation “would discriminate on the basis of race or national origin and further subdivide the American people into discrete subgroups accorded varying degrees of privilege.” The President has eschewed such divisive legislation as a matter of policy, noting that “we must . . . honor the great American tradition of the melting pot, which has made us one nation out of many peoples.” This bill would reverse this great American tradition and divide the governing institutions of this country by race. If H.R. 505 were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.

» Read more: Bush Administration Strongly Opposes The Akaka Bill (H.R. 505)

Controversy follows Akaka bill, advisory committee

September 13th, 2007

Hawaii Tribune Herald
Thursday, September 13, 2007

Controversy follows Akaka bill, advisory committee

by Nancy Cook Lauer
Stephens Capitol Bureau

HONOLULU — Accusations of politics continue to swirl around an advisory committee working to make recommendations about the Akaka Bill to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Several members of the Hawaii State Advisory Committee said Wednesday they’re considering filing a complaint about Michael Yaki, a pro-Akaka commission member who sat in on a Sept. 5 meeting of the committee. Yaki is the second commission member to attend an advisory committee meeting this year — Commission Chairman Gerald Reynold attended the first meeting of the committee in August.

Haunani Apoliona and Michael Yaki Haunani Apoliona and Michael Yaki (pictured with the wireless headset he wore throughout the hearings)

Michael Yaki Michael Yaki sitting besides Michael Lilly

» Read more: Controversy follows Akaka bill, advisory committee

Hawaii Advisory Committee Meeting 9/5/2007

September 6th, 2007

Haunai Apoliona spoke in support of the Akaka Bill, insisting that ancestry to the “aboriginal, indigenous, native people” of Hawaii is not a proxy for race.

“NHGRA is NOT based on race. It is based on the fact that Native Hawaiians, like the American Indians and Alaska Natives are the aboriginal, indigenous, native people whose ancestors settled and exercised sovereignty in these lands predating the founding of the colonies and the United States.” –Haunani Apoliona

Haunani Apoliona Haunani Apoliona, sitting with the panel at the HISAC meeting

Haunani Apoliona and Michael Yaki Haunani Apoliona with Michael Yaki, USCCR Commissioner, after the HISAC meeting

Testifying in support of the Akaka Bill, Robert Klein spoke about the limits he thought should be put on the Committee’s consideration about the pending legislation, arguing that constitutionality should simply not be discussed until the issue is presented before a court.

Robert Klein Robert Klein, sitting with the panel at the HISAC meeting

“Will the Akaka Bill pass constitutional muster? This is a legal determination that only a court can make and should be irrelevant to this discussion – it is not your call.” –Robert Klein

Kekuni Blaisdell greeting Jere Krischel Kekuni Blaisdell greets Jere Krischel

Testifying in opposition to the Akaka Bill, Jere Krischel spoke out against the proposed race-based government at a public meeting yesterday. Speaking after three OHA presentations, and a presentation by sovereignty activist Dr. Kekuni Blaisdell, Mr. Krischel offered corrections to both the historical record put forth by his fellow panelists, as well discussing the problems with dividing Hawaii by race.

Jere Krischel, Boyd Mossman, Robert Klein, Haunani Apoliona, and Kekuni Blaisdell Jere Krischel, pictured in the foreground, takes notes as Ms. Apoliona speaks

Jere Krischel, Boyd Mossman Jere Krischel, left, listens as Mr. Mossman responds to questioning

“Although at one point in time, the people living in Hawaii could be considered fairly distinctly, this moment is far in the past. Whereas we were once easily categorized into just Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Filipino, Caucasian and native Hawaiian, those lines have blurred over the centuries. Like a jar of different colored sand, layered upon one another, once shaken, can never be split up into its component parts.”

“We of Hawaii, of all races, are one people. We are sisters, brothers, aunties, uncles, cousins, children, parents, tutus, wives, husbands, schoolmates, neighbors and friends. Even when we don’t share the same blood, we share the same heart. To divide us by our genetic lineage is counter to the very essence of Hawaii.” –Jere Krischel

Jere Krischel’s full testimony can be found here.

Apoliona, Klein and Mossman’s testimony can be found here.

When made available, Kekuni Blaisdell’s testimony will also be linked.