We are Who We Thought We Were: Congress' Authority to Recognize a Native Hawaiian Polity United by Common Descent
47 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2012
Date Written: May 11, 2012
In an attempt to fulfill the federal government’s moral imperative, the United States Congress has spent more than a decade considering several proposed versions of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (colloquially referred to as the “Akaka Bill”), which seeks to restore a small measure of Native Hawaiian self-governing authority by providing a process for the formal federal acknowledgment of a reorganized Native Hawaiian governing entity. The proposed Act changes significantly with each new Congress, but from its initial introduction in 2000 to the present, the Act has consistently required that the initial reorganization of the Native Hawaiian polity be carried out by the Native Hawaiian community, united by common Native Hawaiian descent without regard to blood quantum.
Keywords: Sovereignty, Native Hawaiian, Congress, federal recognition, Akaka Bill
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