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Hawaiian government

February 24, 2010

Our visit to Hawaii is timely.  The US House of Representatives just passed legislation “to extend the federal policy of recognition to native Hawaiians and provide parity for Hawaii with policies towards Alaska Natives and American Indians,” according to Senator Daniel Akaka.  Of course, Native Americans tribes in the 48 states have special legal status, and Alaskan natives gained similar rights in 1971 (ANCSA).  We will follow the Akaka bill as it moves to the Senate.  We live in a complicated country.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. CherieNoel permalink
    February 25, 2010 9:12 am

    Hey, good info! Thanks for passing on the knowledge. I’ll be sure to let Francesca know so she can share this with her fellow students.

    • 50skatekid permalink
      February 25, 2010 3:27 pm

      Thanks! It is an interesting example of the democratic process and all its complexities.

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