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November 18, 2005

Hawaii News: Akaka Bill Unlikely

Topics: Hawaiian News

Chances are slim that the Senate will vote on the Native Hawaiian federal recognition bill before the end of the year, U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka said yesterday.

Akaka's comments came during a briefing on the bill's status to Gov. Linda Lingle, four trustees of the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the state's two congressmen and other House members.
"It's been such a disappointment," Oswald Stender, a trustee with OHA, said about the continued delay in a Senate vote.

The bill, which is being blocked by a group of conservative Senate Republicans, would allow Native Hawaiians to form their own government.

Opponents say such an idea is unconstitutional because it would create a race-based government.

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Posted by Richard at November 18, 2005 5:06 PM



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