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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Akaka Bill passes House 245-164
By Selected News Articles @ 7:20 PM :: 11138 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Some things to keep in mind as you read this news:

Obama’s quest for the Presidency started in Honolulu in Dec, 2004 when he promised to support the Akaka Bill and held a huge fundraiser shortly after being elected to the US Senate from Illinois. 

Abercrombie’s quest to re-shape the Hawaiian nation along Gramscian lines began in 1971 with the Kalama Valley protests organized by leftists at UH Manoa.

And of course Abercrombie and Obama’s mother and father were all part of the same early 1960s UH Manoa Marxist student clique.

They’ve been working on this for a long time.  But it has always failed in the Senate.  Hawaii and Hawaiians are once again being protected from the Akaka Tribe by GOP Senators who have placed “holds” on the bill preventing its Senate passage.   

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59 23-Feb H R 2314 On Passage P To express the policy of the United States regarding the United States relationship with Native Hawaiians and to provide a process for the recognition by the United States of the Native Hawaiian governing entity
58 23-Feb H R 2314 On Agreeing to the Amendment A Abercrombie of Hawaii Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute
57 23-Feb H R 2314 On Agreeing to the Amendment F Flake of Arizona Amendment to the Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute
56 23-Feb H R 2314 On Agreeing to the Amendment F Hastings of Washington Amendment to the Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute

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ADV: Akaka bill passes House 245-164

…any new noncommercial government activities, services and programs run by Hawaiians would not be subject to state or county regulation….

Two other amendments offered by House Republicans failed. One would have required a vote of all of Hawai'i's electorate to support a Native Hawaiian entity. The other would have stated specifically that there would be no altering of federal or state laws as a result of the Akaka bill.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama "recognizes that Native Hawaiians are a vital part of our nation's cultural fabric, and they will continue to be so in the years to come."

Gibbs' statement said that Obama support Abercrombie's amendment because "it adds important clarifications to craft a durable pathway forward."

SB: U.S. House passes Akaka Bill again

But Gov. Linda Lingle, a strong Republican supporter of the original measure pulled her support yesterday, saying that the bill has changed and the amendments will hurt Hawaii.

"Under the current bill, the native Hawaiian governing entity has almost complete sovereign immunity from lawsuits, including from ordinary tort and contract lawsuits, and I do not believe this makes sense for the people of Hawaii," Lingle said.

"My decision to not support the current version of the Akaka Bill is done with a heavy heart, because I so strongly believe in recognition for native Hawaiians."

Rep. Tom McClintock, R- Calif., said if passed the bill would allow any other racial group to set up a separate government.

"There is no more effective way to destroy a nation that to divide its people by race and accord them different rights," McClintock said.

SB: Obama affirms support for Akaka Bill

"The President recognizes that Native Hawaiians are a vital part of our nation's cultural fabric, and they will continue to be so in the years to come.  He supports the Substitute Amendment to H.R. 2314, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009, as it adds important clarifications to craft a durable pathway forward," Gibbs said in a prepared statement.

"He applauds Congressman Abercrombie, Congresswoman Hirono, and Senators Akaka and Inouye for their leadership on this issue, and looks forward to signing the bill into law and establishing a government-to-government relationship with Native Hawaiians."

Statement: Abercrombie, Hirono 

“Though the Governor had some reservations, I am certain that the bill protects the interests of all the people in Hawaii. The bill passed today specifically says ‘members of the Native Hawaiian governing entity will continue to be subject to the civil and criminal jurisdiction of Federal and State courts.’ The native governing entity cannot regulate non-Hawaiians. The native governing entity will need to enter into negotiations with the State of Hawaii and the United States, and all three parties will want to be in good standing and comply with existing law. Any agreements on transfers of authority or land will require the approval of the state legislature.”

“The time to provide justice for Native Hawaiians is now. We are at the cusp of reaching a historic milestone in the history of our state and our country,” said Congresswoman Hirono. “I am disappointed in the Governor’s position and ask her to reconsider, especially as many Republicans cited her opposition as their justification to vote against the bill. The Native Hawaiian people have waited for far too long for the recognition process to begin.”

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