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Friday, September 4, 2015
Obama Push for Federal Recognition is On
By Selected News Articles @ 7:44 PM :: 4763 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Obama Push for Federal Recognition is On

Investor's Business Daily September 4, 2015 (excerpt)

...Last month, the Obama administration took a major step toward "re-establishing a government-to-government relationship" with Hawaii. The Interior Department's spokeswoman has confirmed it is drafting a rule to help native Hawaiians create a separate and independently sovereign nation with rights to their own land and rule — while still maintaining federally tax-supported welfare benefits and other privileges, such as gaming rights afforded Indian tribal territories.

"The benefits of the government-to-government relationship have long been denied to one place in our nation, even though it is home to one of the world's largest indigenous communities: Hawaii," deputy Interior Secretary Michael Connor stated in a recent rule-making notice published in the Federal Register.

The rule is expected to be finalized next year. Meanwhile, a sovereign governing entity is being formed in Honolulu through the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission. It's already registered some 100,000 native Hawaiians to vote on a "constitutional convention."

The separatist movement has quietly gained momentum since 2010, when then-Attorney General Eric Holder and then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signaled to Hawaiian officials they would stand behind the push. Since then, Hawaiian and Obama officials have shuttled between Washington and Honolulu privately meeting on the issue. (And you thought Obama was just body-surfing on those vacations in Honolulu!)

Crazy as it sounds, "they are moving forward on this," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton warns.  His Washington-based watchdog group is suing the Hawaiian commission....

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