Akana shares info

To the Forum:The journey to clarify the political relationship between

Native Hawaiians and the federal government is underway. Recently, Senator

Daniel Akaka announced his plan to introduce a fast track short form bill in

Congress. It recognizes that Hawaiians are indigenous peoples, that our people

have a special relationship to the United States, and that self-determination

should be restored to Hawaiians under federal law.

This bill is the first

step, as it only deals with the issue of achieving federal recognition. It does

not discuss lands, reparations, or blood quantum. These important issues will

be implemented in the second phase of this critical process, which will deal

with the legislation of a process for Native Hawaiians to form an

organizational entity.

This measure includes the proposed creation of an

office to focus on Native Hawaiian issues within the U. S. Department of the

Interior. There has been rumors circulating in the community that this proposed

agency would be a mirror image of the OHA, only at the federal level. Let me

emphasize that this is not the case, and that the rumors are unsubstantiated.

Rather, the purpose of the office is to have a presence in Washington DC, that

is focused on Native Hawaiian issues, and to monitor and enforce the trust

responsibility that the U.S. bears toward Native Hawaiians. This federal office

would in no way be connected to OHA.

Also at a June 1 board meeting,

trustees clarified the role of the proposed Office of Native Hawaiian Affairs

by approving amendments that would task this office with implementing a process

of reconciliation in accordance with the Apology Resolution. It would also

“effectuate and coordinate trust relationship policies between Native Hawaiians

and the U.S. … coordinate its efforts through full, regular, and appropriate

consultation with indigenous Native Hawaiian peoples … and assist Native

Hawaiians in facilitating a process for self-determination.”

These events

are precedent setting. The Hawaiian community must come forward to express its

feelings on this bill, as it will undoubtedly become a permanent thread in the

fabric of our people. Becoming involved may involve some traveling. I am urging

Hawaiians to be prepared to go to Washington, DC to support this very important

measure. Whether by charter flights, through Hawaiian Civic Clubs, or via other

Hawaiian organizations, Hawaiians need to be in the nation’s capitol to show

strong support for this bill. Currently, preparations are being made for an

Aloha March in August in Washington D. C. This event will feature an

educational seminar on Hawaiian rights and entitlements planned at the

Smithsonian Institution, as well as a 24-hour prayer vigil at the U.S.

Capitol.

Results from a recent media poll indicate that the majority of

those polled are in support of restitution to the Hawaiian people by the U. S.

as a result of the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. In addition,

three-quarters of those polled said they “want something new, a kind of

representation that guarantees Hawaiians self-determination, and one crafted by

Hawaiians to meet the needs of Hawaiians.”

This proposed federal bill is

the framework from which Hawaiians’ special political status will be

constructed. Now is the time for all Hawaiians to step to the forefront and

take part in the reestablishment of our Hawaiian nation. We have waited too

long to not be part of this important and historic process.

For those with

Internet access, log on to my website at http://ww.rowenaakana.homestead.com

for more information.

Rowena M. N. Akana, Trustee-At-Large

Office of

Hawaiian Affairs (OHA)

To the Forum:

The journey to clarify the

political relationship between Native Hawaiians and the federal government is

underway. Recently, Senator Daniel Akaka announced his plan to introduce a fast

track short form bill in Congress. It recognizes that Hawaiians are indigenous

peoples, that our people have a special relationship to the United States, and

that self-determination should be restored to Hawaiians under federal

law.

This bill is the first step, as it only deals with the issue of

achieving federal recognition. It does not discuss lands, reparations, or blood

quantum. These important issues will be implemented in the second phase of this

critical process, which will deal with the legislation of a process for Native

Hawaiians to form an organizational entity.

This measure includes the

proposed creation of an office to focus on Native Hawaiian issues within the U.

S. Department of the Interior. There has been rumors circulating in the

community that this proposed agency would be a mirror image of the OHA, only at

the federal level. Let me emphasize that this is not the case, and that the

rumors are unsubstantiated. Rather, the purpose of the office is to have a

presence in Washington DC, that is focused on Native Hawaiian issues, and to

monitor and enforce the trust responsibility that the U.S. bears toward Native

Hawaiians. This federal office would in no way be connected to OHA.

Also at

a June 1 board meeting, trustees clarified the role of the proposed Office of

Native Hawaiian Affairs by approving amendments that would task this office

with implementing a process of reconciliation in accordance with the Apology

Resolution. It would also “effectuate and coordinate trust relationship

policies between Native Hawaiians and the U.S. … coordinate its efforts

through full, regular, and appropriate consultation with indigenous Native

Hawaiian peoples … and assist Native Hawaiians in facilitating a process for

self-determination.”

These events are precedent setting. The Hawaiian

community must come forward to express its feelings on this bill, as it will

undoubtedly become a permanent thread in the fabric of our people. Becoming

involved may involve some traveling. I am urging Hawaiians to be prepared to go

to Washington, DC to support this very important measure. Whether by charter

flights, through Hawaiian Civic Clubs, or via other Hawaiian organizations,

Hawaiians need to be in the nation’s capitol to show strong support for this

bill. Currently, preparations are being made for an Aloha March in August in

Washington D. C. This event will feature an educational seminar on Hawaiian

rights and entitlements planned at the Smithsonian Institution, as well as a

24-hour prayer vigil at the U.S. Capitol.

Results from a recent media poll

indicate that the majority of those polled are in support of restitution to the

Hawaiian people by the U. S. as a result of the overthrow of the Hawaiian

monarchy. In addition, three-quarters of those polled said they “want something

new, a kind of representation that guarantees Hawaiians self-determination, and

one crafted by Hawaiians to meet the needs of Hawaiians.”

This proposed

federal bill is the framework from which Hawaiians’ special political status

will be constructed. Now is the time for all Hawaiians to step to the forefront

and take part in the reestablishment of our Hawaiian nation. We have waited too

long to not be part of this important and historic process.

For those with

Internet access, log on to my website at http://ww.rowenaakana.homestead.com

for more information.

Rowena M. N. Akana, Trustee-At-Large

Office of

Hawaiian Affairs (OHA)

To the Forum:

The journey to clarify the

political relationship between Native Hawaiians and the federal government is

underway. Recently, Senator Daniel Akaka announced his plan to introduce a fast

track short form bill in Congress. It recognizes that Hawaiians are indigenous

peoples, that our people have a special relationship to the United States, and

that self-determination should be restored to Hawaiians under federal

law.

This bill is the first step, as it only deals with the issue of

achieving federal recognition. It does not discuss lands, reparations, or blood

quantum. These important issues will be implemented in the second phase of this

critical process, which will deal with the legislation of a process for Native

Hawaiians to form an organizational entity.

This measure includes the

proposed creation of an office to focus on Native Hawaiian issues within the U.

S. Department of the Interior. There has been rumors circulating in the

community that this proposed agency would be a mirror image of the OHA, only at

the federal level. Let me emphasize that this is not the case, and that the

rumors are unsubstantiated. Rather, the purpose of the office is to have a

presence in Washington DC, that is focused on Native Hawaiian issues, and to

monitor and enforce the trust responsibility that the U.S. bears toward Native

Hawaiians. This federal office would in no way be connected to OHA.

Also at

a June 1 board meeting, trustees clarified the role of the proposed Office of

Native Hawaiian Affairs by approving amendments that would task this office

with implementing a process of reconciliation in accordance with the Apology

Resolution. It would also “effectuate and coordinate trust relationship

policies between Native Hawaiians and the U.S. … coordinate its efforts

through full, regular, and appropriate consultation with indigenous Native

Hawaiian peoples … and assist Native Hawaiians in facilitating a process for

self-determination.”

These events are precedent setting. The Hawaiian

community must come forward to express its feelings on this bill, as it will

undoubtedly become a permanent thread in the fabric of our people. Becoming

involved may involve some traveling. I am urging Hawaiians to be prepared to go

to Washington, DC to support this very important measure. Whether by charter

flights, through Hawaiian Civic Clubs, or via other Hawaiian organizations,

Hawaiians need to be in the nation’s capitol to show strong support for this

bill. Currently, preparations are being made for an Aloha March in August in

Washington D. C. This event will feature an educational seminar on Hawaiian

rights and entitlements planned at the Smithsonian Institution, as well as a

24-hour prayer vigil at the U.S. Capitol.

Results from a recent media poll

indicate that the majority of those polled are in support of restitution to the

Hawaiian people by the U. S. as a result of the overthrow of the Hawaiian

monarchy. In addition, three-quarters of those polled said they “want something

new, a kind of representation that guarantees Hawaiians self-determination, and

one crafted by Hawaiians to meet the needs of Hawaiians.”

This proposed

federal bill is the framework from which Hawaiians’ special political status

will be constructed. Now is the time for all Hawaiians to step to the forefront

and take part in the reestablishment of our Hawaiian nation. We have waited too

long to not be part of this important and historic process.

For those with

Internet access, log on to my website at http://ww.rowenaakana.homestead.com

for more information.

Rowena M. N. Akana, Trustee-At-Large

Office of

Hawaiian Affairs (OHA)

To the Forum:

The journey to clarify the

political relationship between Native Hawaiians and the federal government is

underway. Recently, Senator Daniel Akaka announced his plan to introduce a fast

track short form bill in Congress. It recognizes that Hawaiians are indigenous

peoples, that our people have a special relationship to the United States, and

that self-determination should be restored to Hawaiians under federal

law.

This bill is the first step, as it only deals with the issue of

achieving federal recognition. It does not discuss lands, reparations, or blood

quantum. These important issues will be implemented in the second phase of this

critical process, which will deal with the legislation of a process for Native

Hawaiians to form an organizational entity.

This measure includes the

proposed creation of an office to focus on Native Hawaiian issues within the U.

S. Department of the Interior. There has been rumors circulating in the

community that this proposed agency would be a mirror image of the OHA, only at

the federal level. Let me emphasize that this is not the case, and that the

rumors are unsubstantiated. Rather, the purpose of the office is to have a

presence in Washington DC, that is focused on Native Hawaiian issues, and to

monitor and enforce the trust responsibility that the U.S. bears toward Native

Hawaiians. This federal office would in no way be connected to OHA.

Also at

a June 1 board meeting, trustees clarified the role of the proposed Office of

Native Hawaiian Affairs by approving amendments that would task this office

with implementing a process of reconciliation in accordance with the Apology

Resolution. It would also “effectuate and coordinate trust relationship

policies between Native Hawaiians and the U.S. … coordinate its efforts

through full, regular, and appropriate consultation with indigenous Native

Hawaiian peoples … and assist Native Hawaiians in facilitating a process for

self-determination.”

These events are precedent setting. The Hawaiian

community must come forward to express its feelings on this bill, as it will

undoubtedly become a permanent thread in the fabric of our people. Becoming

involved may involve some traveling. I am urging Hawaiians to be prepared to go

to Washington, DC to support this very important measure. Whether by charter

flights, through Hawaiian Civic Clubs, or via other Hawaiian organizations,

Hawaiians need to be in the nation’s capitol to show strong support for this

bill. Currently, preparations are being made for an Aloha March in August in

Washington D. C. This event will feature an educational seminar on Hawaiian

rights and entitlements planned at the Smithsonian Institution, as well as a

24-hour prayer vigil at the U.S. Capitol.

Results from a recent media poll

indicate that the majority of those polled are in support of restitution to the

Hawaiian people by the U. S. as a result of the overthrow of the Hawaiian

monarchy. In addition, three-quarters of those polled said they “want something

new, a kind of representation that guarantees Hawaiians self-determination, and

one crafted by Hawaiians to meet the needs of Hawaiians.”

This proposed

federal bill is the framework from which Hawaiians’ special political status

will be constructed. Now is the time for all Hawaiians to step to the forefront

and take part in the reestablishment of our Hawaiian nation. We have waited too

long to not be part of this important and historic process.

For those with

Internet access, log on to my website at http://ww.rowenaakana.homestead.com

for more information.

Rowena M. N. Akana, Trustee-At-Large

Office of

Hawaiian Affairs (OHA)

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