HAWAIIANS DELIVER STRONG OPPOSITION TO U.S. PUSH TO CREATE HAWAI`I TRIBAL NATION
Week Of Washington, DC Meetings & Events Seen As Success
From Free Hawaii, May 20, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - Hawaiians from Hawai`i have spent this week meeting with U.S. federal officials to oppose a longstanding plan to put Hawaiians into tribal nation status, much like American Indians.
Opposition to stopping this effort came to a head recently when it was discovered that President Obama is considering issuing an executive directive before leaving office early next year ordering the US Department of Interior (DOI) to federally recognize Native Hawaiians as a tribal nation against their wishes.
Having failed for 12 years to get the U.S. Congress to fabricate a fake Hawaiian tribal nation through the Akaka Bill, the State of Hawai`i has now clumsily attempted to concoct one by handing over a ready-made one for the Department of the Interior to take into the fold of recognized American Indian tribes.
However, today most native Hawaiians are adamantly refusing to be stuck into a fake tribal nation.
The U.S. government wants to do it anyway, whether Hawaiians like it or not, and whether anyone else living in Hawai`i likes it or not.
“This is why we've spent this week in Washington, DC, stated Hawaiian Kingdom Foreign Minister Leon Siu.
“We wanted to deliver a resounding ʻNO!ʻ to the Obama administration regarding their federal recognition scheme and we have done just that.”
Since there never was a treaty of annexation, Hawai`i never legally became part of the U.S. according to U.S. laws and constitution.
To duck this problem, the Obama administration has had designs to put Hawaiians into a tribal nation like American Indians.
This way Hawaiians’ claims to their lands can be put into a kind of Native Hawaiian land pool under a tribal “governing entity” recognized and administered by the DOI, similar to lands of the American Indians and Native Alaskans.
What has emerged, however, is so sloppy, so distasteful, so repulsive to Hawaiians and Americans, it will be extremely difficult for the Obama administration and the DOI to succeed.