Friday, June 14, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Thursday, January 11, 2018
UPDATE: Divided OHA Trustees Do Not Agree on Tribal Recognition Act
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 8685 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

UPDATE:     Jan 10, 2018

This afternoon, the OHA Board of Trustees, meeting as the BAE Committee, narrowly approved the measure to oppose HB 3744, the Tribal Recognition Act.  As a result, the matter will be voted on at the Thursday Board of Trustees meeting at 10 a.m.  (See next update)

The vote count was as follows. 

  • 1 NO: Keli''i Akina
  • 3 YES: Bob Lindsey, John Waihee, Rowena Akana.  
  • 2 ABSTAIN: Hulu Lindsey, Lei Ahu Isa
  • 3 Absent: Apo, Ahuna, Machado

As you can see, there was no unanimity.  Communication with trustees and live testimony could make a difference.  

  *   *   *   *   *

Update on OHA Position on H.R. 3744 - Federal Recognition Act

Dear Friends,    January 11, 2018

There had been some confusion yesterday as to the bifurcated motion to approve OHA Administration’s recommendation with regards to the Congressional bill H.R. 3744. Chair Machado today in BOT announced a correction, clarifying the result of the vote in BAE yesterday.

The vote was on Administration’s recommended position of OPPOSITION to H.R. 3744, the Tribal Recognition Act of 2017 which would remove the Executive Branch's authority to acknowledge American Indian peoples who request a government-to-government relationship with the United States, and require an Act of Congress for any further acknowledgment of Indigenous people.   

The 3 affirmative votes, 2 abstentions and Trustee Akina's sole no vote DEFEATED the motion to adopt Administration’s recommended position of OPPOSITION to H.R. 3744.  Four affirmative votes were required for the motion to pass.

Therefore, as of now, the Board has declined to oppose the measure.  However, as the Board has not officially adopted any position on the bill, it is possible that the matter will come back around so that the matter could resurface at the OHA board in the future.


OHA Trustee Keli'i Akina

  *   *   *   *   *  "Your Voice Counts -- You Won!"  

  *   *   *   *   *

ALERT! - TELL OHA YOU SUPPORT HR.3744 - The Tribal Recognition Act

From, January 9, 2017

If passed in the US Congress, HR 3744 would remove both the Executive Branch and by extension the US Department of Interior's authority to recognize and therefore create a Native Hawaiian Tribe.

HR 3744, if passed, would require AN ACT OF THE ENTIRE US CONGRESS for any acknowledgement of a tribe should Robin Danner of the SCHHA and Michelle Kauhane of the CNHA attempt a government-to-government relationship with the US.

The administration of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is recommending to the OHA trustees they vote to officially OPPOSE HR 3744.

HR 3744 will be on the agenda as "115th Congress Legislative Positioning Matrix 1" at the Wednesday January 10 OHA BAE Committee meeting at 1 PM at OHA headquarters.

If approved a vote of ratification will occur Thursday, January 11th at the regular 10 AM BOT meeting at OHA headquarters.


Please attend Wednesday's BAE meeting at 1 PM at OHA headquarters to testify in support of HR 3744.

Please attend Thursday's 10AM BOT meeting to ensure the OHA trustees vote to ratify support for HR 3744.

If you cannot attend, please contact OHA trustees to demand they vote to support HR 3744.

Please contact OHA today -
Collette Machado - - (808) 594-1837
Bob Lindsey - - (808) 594-1855
Peter Apo - - (808) 594-1854
John Waihe`e Jr. - (808) 594-1876
Rowena Akana - (808) 594-1860
Keli`i Akina - (808) 594-1976
Carmen Hulu Lindsey - (808) 594-1858
Dan Ahuna - (808) 594-1751
Lei Ahu Isa - (808) 594-1857
Kamana'opono Crabbe -
OHA Headquarters - (808) 594-1835


Link: H.R.3744 - Tribal Recognition Act of 2017

2016 Version:  HR3764 is on the Move—Bill Blocks Recognition of Indian Tribes Without Congressional Vote


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii