U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Now Supports Federal Recognition of Native Hawaiians

By Cocke, Sophie | Honolulu Star - Advertiser, December 20, 2018 | Go to article overview

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Now Supports Federal Recognition of Native Hawaiians


Cocke, Sophie, Honolulu Star - Advertiser


DENNIS ODA / JAN. 17 The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights today issued a report supporting federal recognition of Native Hawaiians and urging Congress to pass legislation that would allow Native Hawaiians to form a governing body. Native Hawaiians and supporters rally at the state Capitol to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy.

In a major reversal, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is supporting federal recognition of Native Hawaiians.

The commission had previously opposed the establishment of a government-to-government relationship between the U.S. and Native Hawaiians, similar to those established with American Indian tribes, and in 2006 opposed the Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act, known as the Akaka bill after Hawaii’s late U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka.

But the commission released a report today approved by a majority of its eight members that urged Congress to pass legislation that would allow Native Hawaiians to form a governinig body. …

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