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[COMMUNITY] Daniel Akaka - Merits of Hawaiian Government Recognition Bill

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    Dunce(s) Of The Week: Daniel Akaka and Linda Lingle Rich Karlgaard http://www.forbes.com/2005/09/09/economics-hawaii- politics_cz_rk_0909dunce.html NEW YORK -
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 9, 2005
      Dunce(s) Of The Week: Daniel Akaka and Linda Lingle
      Rich Karlgaard
      http://www.forbes.com/2005/09/09/economics-hawaii-
      politics_cz_rk_0909dunce.html


      NEW YORK - Back from the Forbes Global CEO Conference and six days
      in Sydney. Thanks for letting me punt on last week's "Dunce of the
      Week" column.

      Katrina has ushered in a flood of Dunce commentary on economics.
      U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) has called for price
      controls on gas. I guess she prefers unavailable gas at $2.50 to
      available gas at $3.25. I'm waiting for her to quote Ralph Nader on
      the soulful virtues of waiting in lines. Another U.S. Senator, Byron
      Dorgan, a Democrat from my home state of North Dakota, demands a
      super tax on oil-company profits. That's a fine way to stop the
      search for new wells. I know Sen. Dorgan--nice guy, crackling sense
      of humor, loyal to his state, but dumb as a brick on economics.

      But we're going to leave Katrina behind and look to the future. In
      early October, the U.S. Senate will vote on what is the worst bill
      I've seen in my lifetime: The Hawaiian Government Recognition Bill.
      It was brought to the floor by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) and it
      seeks to create one new Native American tribe made up of U.S.
      citizens with "one drop" or more of native Hawaiian blood. The tribe
      would have its own Constitution, and be exempt from state and
      federal taxes. It would, of course, get gobs of federal money just
      like other Native American tribes. Tax Californians to pay Hawaiians
      is the idea. You can read the bill for yourself.

      The disaster in New Orleans reminds us that the most blighted
      economic regions within the U.S. are in welfare colonies: public
      housing in older cities and Indian reservations. The irony, of
      course, is that the Hawaiian Government Reorganization Bill seeks to
      take the very worst economic model we have in the U.S. and apply to
      much of the 50th state.

      Unbelievably, Hawaii's Republican Governor, Linda Lingle, supports
      Akaka's bill. So do a least six U.S. Senate Republicans, who are set
      to vote yes in early October. It is even rumored that President
      George W. Bush will let this racist act sneak by without a veto,
      should it pass. If the bill passes, and the president refuses to
      veto it, you can be sure GWB will be our Dunce of the Week, perhaps
      even our Dunce of the Year.


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      WHY ALL AMERICA SHOULD OPPOSE THE HAWAIIAN GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION
      BILL, ALSO KNOWN AS THE AKAKA BILL, S.147 AND H.R.309
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaNationalSummary
      109Cong.html


      The Hawaiian Recognition bill, S.147 and H.R.309, is highly
      controversial, unconstitutional, and dangerous to all 50 states.
      Also known as the Akaka bill, it would give federal recognition to a
      phony Indian tribe invented out of thin air. The purpose is to
      protect over 160 race-based programs under court challenge because
      of a Supreme Court decision.

      It would carve up Hawai'i by race, and set a precedent for similar
      balkanization throughout America. 20% of Hawai'i's people,
      completely integrated and intermarried, living working and praying
      side by side with everyone else throughout all neighborhoods, would
      be singled out by law solely because they have a drop of native
      blood, and given a new government. Most have less than 25% native
      blood.

      Many of them oppose the whole idea of a race-based government. After
      17 months of intensive advertising and community outreach, fewer
      than 5% of ethnic Hawaiians placed their names on a racial registry
      expected to be used as a tribal roll. But if the bill passes
      Congress, a race-based government can be created to protect the
      wealth and power of some ethnic Hawaiians and to keep federal
      dollars flowing to Hawai'i. There will never be a vote by all ethnic
      Hawaiians or by all Hawai'i's people on this issue, even though a
      newspaper poll yielded 75% opposed and a scientific survey showed
      67% opposed.

      Ethnic Hawaiians who sign up for the "tribe" get to vote for
      a "tribal" council and get federal recognition; ethnic Hawaiians who
      oppose it (probably a majority), and the remaining 80% of Hawai'i's
      people, are shut out.

      The bill also allows a negotiated settlement dividing up Hawai'i's
      lands and resources without any ratification vote by the tribe's
      members or by the people of Hawai'i. On July 13, 2005 the Assistant
      Attorney General of the United States issued a warning, pointing out
      significant problems with S.147. 200 years ago Kamehameha the Great
      unified all the Hawaiian islands into a single multiracial Kingdom;
      today the Akaka bill seeks to split up Hawai'i.


      The Hawaiian "tribe" would be the largest in America, with 400,000
      possible members. 240,000 of them live in Hawai'i, 60,000 in
      California (more than any current California tribe), and 100,000 in
      the other 48 states. This huge "tribe" would compete against genuine
      tribes for federal handouts at the expense of all America's
      taxpayers.

      Hawai'i Senators Inouye and Akaka sat on the Senate Indian Affairs
      Committee for many years, even though there have never been any
      tribes in Hawai'i. They constantly inserted "Native Hawaiians" into
      legislation intended to benefit real Indians and Alaska natives.
      Because of court challenges, they now want Congress to make it
      official that "Native Hawaiians" are federally recognized as a
      tribe. All Hawai'i politicians, both Democrat and Republican, favor
      the bill to make all America's taxpayers keep sending money to
      Hawai'i!


      The precedent set by the Hawaiian Recognition bill would strengthen
      demands by millions of "indigenous" people throughout the U.S. not
      currently eligible for tribal membership, casinos, or government
      handouts to form new federally recognized tribes simply because they
      have a drop of Indian blood. Their people and businesses living
      on "tribal" lands would be exempt from federal and state income tax,
      sales tax, environmental regulations, and civil and criminal laws;
      and would be subjected to whatever laws are created by "tribal"
      government insiders without recourse to U.S. Constitutional
      protections.

      Indian groups throughout America are claiming special rights to race-
      based control of "sacred places." In Hawai'i, the old pagan religion
      is being revived and used to support political claims for racial
      supremacy in land use policy, based on a sacred genealogical family
      relationship among the gods, the ethnic Hawaiians, and all the lands
      of Hawai'i.


      The balkanization of America is already well underway through racial
      and ethnic identity politics. The recent California governor recall
      election showed this dramatically. Cruz Bustamante got huge campaign
      contributions from California Indian tribes who expected him to
      protect their special interests -- the money came from untaxed
      tribal income from casinos and tribal businesses.

      Bustamante's enthusiastic membership in a radical hispanic group
      drew major attention -- MEChA claims a right to organize a race-
      based nation for all people having any Aztec (Mexican) ancestry,
      converting California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas (all former
      Mexican territory) into a new independent Nation of Aztlan. The
      legal and moral basis for doing this is similar to the rationale for
      the Hawaiian bill -- historical grievances against the U.S. and
      demands for money and power for allegedly poor,
      downtrodden "indigenous" people.

      Other nations have suffered grievously because of laws and
      government policies establishing racial supremacy. Fiji, with a
      history similar to Hawai'i, enforces Native Fijian racial supremacy
      over descendants of Asian sugar plantation workers through a legal
      system resembling what Hawaiian sovereignty activists are seeking.
      Hawaiian activists, including Senator Akaka and government
      officials, see the Akaka bill as a way to keep federal dollars
      flowing to them even while continuing to seek full independence.


      Please demand that your Senators and Representatives oppose S.147
      and H.R.309, the Hawaiian Recognition bill. Join with Senator Kyl
      (R, AZ) who wrote a letter to his constituents explaining why he
      opposes [former bill number S.344] (see below).

      Join with Senator Craig (R, ID) who wrote a lengthy message on
      behalf of the Senate Republican Policy Committee asking Senators to
      vote against it. Join with Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R, WI),
      Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who wrote a letter to
      Speaker Hastert demanding that the bill be killed, or referred to
      his committee for hearings on its unconstitutionality.

      The Wall Street Journal wrote an editorial against the bill,
      entitled "A Bright Line on Race." But despite all this opposition, a
      very powerful Senator Inouye (D, HI) continues making backroom deals
      and trading votes, and an agency of the Hawai'i state government is
      spending millions lobbying for the bill. That's why your opposition
      to this bill must be communicated to your Senators and
      Representatives.

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      HERE IS FURTHER DISCUSSION AND DOCUMENTATION OF THE MAIN POINTS MADE
      ABOVE:


      In U.S. Census 2000, more than 400,000 people nationwide checked the
      box for "Native Hawaiian." If the Hawaiian bill passes, the newly
      recognized "tribe" would instantly become the largest tribe in
      America, competing against genuine tribes for government handouts. A
      spreadsheet created from Census 2000 data shows 240,000 "Native
      Hawaiians" comprising about 20% of Hawai'i's population; plus 60,000
      in California, plus another 100,000 scattered among the remaining 48
      states.
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/population2000.html


      Hawaiian Nationalism, Chicano Nationalism, Black Nationalism, Indian
      Tribes, and Reparations -- [old bill numbers S.344/H.R.665] (The
      Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill) Sets a Precedent for the
      Balkanization of America
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/ricevcayetano.html


      Over 160 Hawaiian racial entitlement programs are slowly but
      inexorably coming under attack in the courts because they are
      unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment equal protection clause.
      There are literally Billions of dollars (yes, with a B!!) in
      racially exclusionary programs benefitting ethnic Hawaiians. To see
      a list of many of these programs , and how much money was spent on
      each in year 2000 and a few immediately preceding years, go to:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/listhawnentitlements
      .html


      Ethnic Hawaiians are deeply divided among themselves regarding
      whether to support or oppose the Hawaiian Recognition bill. Native
      Hawaiian Opposition to the Native Hawaiian Recognition bill is
      important, and it is growing. When the people who will allegedly
      benefit from legislation say they don't want it, everyone should
      listen carefully. Public statements in opposition, and photographs
      of protestors, are provided. See:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/religion.html


      Alaska Senator Ted Stevens is a co-sponsor of the Hawaiian
      Recognition bill, in return for Hawai'i Senators Inouye and Akaka
      supporting oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The
      Arctic North Slope Corporation (Inupiat tribe) has contributed big
      bucks to the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement in support of
      the Hawaiian Recognition bill.
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaAlaskaKelly.htm
      l


      People throughout the United States have good reason to oppose the
      Hawaiian Recognition bill. For a detailed analysis of why this bill
      should be of great concern to all Americans, see:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaOtherStatesOppo
      se.html


      A careful, lengthy, point-by-point analysis of the bill by Honolulu
      attorney Paul M. Sullivan, updated January 2005:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/bigfiles2/AkakaSullivan012505.pdf


      Professor Conklin's Red-Pen Corrections and Comments on Speeches by
      Dan Akaka, Dan Inouye, Ed Case, and Neil Abercrombie When
      Introducing the Hawaiian Recognition Bill on January 25, 2005
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/Akaka012505SpeechRed
      .html


      Text and Analysis of Bush Administration Actions and Statements on
      Hawaiian Recognition Bill: December 6, 2001 Dept. of Interior
      Markup; September 6, 2002 statement by Secretary of Interior Gail
      Norton; DOJ at first blocks race-based funds and warns Senate
      committees regarding including "Native Hawaiians" in pending
      legislation but then backs off:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaBush20002004.ht
      ml


      Both racial separatism and ethnic nationalism in the Hawaiian
      sovereignty movement are characterized by the same underlying
      attitudes: hostility toward the United States and racism toward
      people who have no Hawaiian blood. Public statements illustrating
      the core attitudes are provided.
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/sepnatcommoncore.htm
      l


      In 1993 Congress passed a resolution of sentiment commonly known in
      Hawai'i as the "apology bill." The resolution was passed at the
      request of the Hawai'i delegation to commemorate the 100th
      anniversary of the overthrow of the monarchy in Hawai'i. The
      resolution gave an apology for the minor role of the U.S. in that
      event, using flowery language filled with factual inaccuracies. A
      recorded vote was taken in the Senate, but not in the House.
      Resolutions of sentiment usually pass unanimously, or with very
      little opposition. But this resolution was so outrageous that 34
      Senators had the courage to take the "politically incorrect" step of
      voting against it. 13 of those Senators are still sitting in the
      Senate in 2005-2006. Hopefully they will understand why it is
      important to oppose the Hawaiian Recognition bill. For a spreadsheet
      showing the names and contact information for these 13 remaining
      members of the Honor Roll, see:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/NoOnApologyCurrSen10
      9Cong.html


      Map of Hawaiian islands showing some of the lands likely to be
      demanded by an Akaka tribe, where different laws would prevail and
      businesses might operate exempt from taxes and regulation. There are
      large and small land parcels, SCATTERED throughout the islands,
      making jurisdictional issues a nightmare. Almost every current
      business would eventually come under competition from untaxed and
      unregulated businesses located within easy driving distance.
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/bigfiles3/AkakaTribeLandsAdv080505.pdf


      If the Akaka bill passes, it would have disastrous effects on local
      businesses and local communities. Some of those effects are
      described here:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/tribeimpactbizandcom
      munity.html


      If the Akaka bill passes, it will severely damage the democratic and
      constitutional rights of ethnic Hawaiians, both those who join the
      tribe and those who do not. See:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/tribeimpactethnichaw
      ns.html


      Other nations have suffered grievously because of laws and
      government policies establishing racial supremacy. See:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/racialsupremacyworld
      wide.html


      Fiji, with a history similar to Hawai'i, enforces Native Fijian
      racial supremacy over descendants of Asian sugar plantation workers
      through a legal system resembling what Hawaiian sovereignty
      activists are seeking. See:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/fiji.html


      Attorney Bruce Fein, nationally recognized expert on Constitutional
      law, published three articles opposing the Akaka bill, between
      November 2004 and March 2005. The articles were entitled "The
      Pineapple Time Bomb"; "A Race-based Drift?"; and "E Pluribus Unum,
      Debating the Legality of the Akaka Bill." All three articles were
      entered into the Congressional Record by Senator Kyl (R. AZ) on
      March 17, 2005, along with Senator Kyl's own statement reaffirming
      his opposition to the Akaka bill. The actual pages of the
      Congressional Record can be seen, along with URLs for the original
      sources of the three articles and some closely related articles. Go
      to:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaFeinCongRec0317
      05.html


      Testimony of Professor Rubellite Kawena Kinney Johnson (highly
      esteemed native Hawaiian kupuna) opposing S.147, Native Hawaiian
      Government Reorganization bill, delivered to U.S. Senate Committee
      on Indian Affairs for hearing on March 1, 2005
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/bigfiles/AkakaRubelliteKawenaKinneyJohns
      onTest030105.html


      Attorney Hayden Burgess, alias Poka Laenui, Hawaiian sovereignty
      independence activist, supports the Akaka bill as a way of getting
      federal money while continuing to seek Independence.
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaPoka.html


      The Akaka Bill And Secession: The Hawaiian Government Reorganization
      bill (Akaka bill) is seen by its supporters as a step toward total
      independence for all of Hawai'i


      Akaka bill -- would it be a unifying force for Hawai'i if it passes?
      The Akaka bill -- building a bridge to the Nineteenth Century.


      Kamehameha vs. Akaka -- Kamehameha unified Hawai'i 200 years ago;
      Akaka bill's main purpose is to divide Hawai'i (includes history of
      Kamehameha Day holiday; lack of certainty about Kamehameha's
      birthdate within a range of 25 years; Battle of Nu'uanu Pali and
      Herb Kane's painting of it and Adair's political cartoon based on
      it; newspaper advertisement comparing Kamehameha's unification of a
      multiracial Hawai'i against divisiveness of Akaka bill)


      Ken Conklin -- Personal background and anecdotes showing why the
      Akaka bill would be harmful to the unity of Hawai'i





      HERE ARE IMPORTANT PUBLIC STATEMENTS AGAINST THE BILL


      On July 13, 2005, U.S. Assistant Attorney General William Moschella
      released a letter to Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate
      Select Committee on Indian Affairs, identifying several important
      objections to the Akaka bill on behalf of the U.S. Department of
      Justice. Mr. Moschella's letter came only a few days before the full
      Senate was scheduled to debate and vote on the bill, S.147. The
      letter, on official stationery, can be downloaded in pdf format from:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/bigfiles3/AkakaMoschellaDOJ071305.pdf


      On June 22, 2005 the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee issued
      a 13-page statement on official stationery strongly opposing the
      Akaka bill. The statement can be downloaded in pdf format from:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/bigfiles3/AkakaSenRepubPolComm062205.pdf



      In September, 2003 Senator Kyl (R, AZ) sent a letter to his
      constituents explaining his reasons for opposing the bill. Complete
      text of that letter, and the reasons why he sent it:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaKylConsituentLt
      rSept2003.html


      Congressman Sensenbrenner (R,WI), Chairman of the House Judiciary
      Committee, wrote a letter in July, 2001 to Speaker Hastert asking
      that the bill either be killed or else referred to his committee for
      hearings because of grave concerns that it is unconstitutional.
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaSensenbrenner07
      1901.html


      In December 2001 A lengthy memo was sent by Senator Craig (R,ID), on
      behalf of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, to all the
      Senators severely criticizing the bill as unconstitutional and
      strongly rebuking Senator Inouye's stealth tactic of burying it
      inside the Defense Appropriations bill.
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/oliphantcraig120601.
      html


      Connecticut Senators Dodd and Lieberman, and Attorney General
      Blumenthal, oppose having more (phony) tribes recognized. Logical
      consequence -- defeat Akaka bill, which would make tribal
      recognitions easier. Connecticut Attorney General's letter to
      Senator Inouye describes the bad consequences of tribal recognitions
      for states and local communities.
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaBlumenthalConne
      cticut.html


      There have been numerous articles (and letters to editor) opposing
      the Native Hawaiian Recognition bill published in newspapers and
      magazines. Here are some of the most important articles, selected
      because they appeared in media of nationwide circulation or because
      they provide especially clear analysis.

      The articles include "A Bright Line on Race" editorial in THE WALL
      STREET JOURNAL of October 2, 2000; a commentary in THE NATIONAL
      REVIEW, September 6, 2001, by Roger Clegg, general counsel at the
      Center for Equal Opportunity; an article "Hawaiian Apartheid" was
      published in many venues by nationally syndicated conservative
      writer Michelle Malkin; "Hawaiian Sovereighty: 3 Alternatives, No
      Choice" by Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D.; "Akaka Bill unlikely to
      survive challenge" by Honolulu attorney Paul M. Sullivan; "A Race to
      Racism? Ascribe It To Tribe" by Honolulu attorney Paul M. Sullivan;
      A "debate" in the Washington Times of October and November, 2004;
      A "debate" about the unconstitutionality of the Akaka bill in Hawaii
      Reporter of December 2004 and January 2005 featuring State of
      Hawai'i Attorney General defending the bill and Washington Times
      columnist Bruce Fein opposing it. Full text of these articles, and
      their source citations, are available at:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaPublishedOpposi
      tion.html


      Constitutional law expert Bruce Fein published a booklet June 1,
      2005 under the auspices of the Grassroot Institute of
      Hawaii: "Hawaii Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand." Mr. Fein's
      essay is of special interest to scholars because of his analysis of
      the apology resolution of 1993 as well as the provisions of the
      Akaka bill. It can be downloaded in pdf format here:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/bigfiles3/AkakaHawaiiDividedFeinJune2005
      .pdf

      Senator Kyl (R, AZ) obtained unanimous consent to print Mr. Fein's
      essay in the Congressional Record in three installments on three
      consecutive days: June 14, 15, and 16 of 2005. Each installment was
      introduced by brief remarks by Senator Kyl. The relevant portions of
      the Congressional Record are copied here:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/bigfiles3/AkakaFeinCongRec061405.htm


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      WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE HAWAIIAN GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION BILL (AKAKA
      BILL)?
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/OpposeAkakaBill.html


      FOR MEDIA and the Public: Up-to-Date, Basic, Quick Information About
      The Hawaiian Recognition bill:

      * A 5-paragraph summary of what's wrong with the bill, together with
      numerous footnotes providing extensive documentation of all main
      points;

      * A short letter from Chairman Sensenbrenner of the House Judiciary
      Committee to Speaker Hastert demanding the bill be killed and
      calling the bill unconstitutional;

      * A similar and very lengthy letter from the Chairman of the Senate
      Republican Policy Committee analyzing the bill and urging Senators
      to oppose it;

      * An official letter from the Assistant Attorney General of the
      United States warning about major problems with the bill

      * Commentaries of national significance from the Wall Street
      Journal, Washington Times, National Review, and other newspapers
      written by columnists, attorneys, and analysts.

      * A spreadsheet showing how many of America's 400,000 "Native
      Hawaiians" live in each of the 50 states according to Census 2000
      (240,000 in Hawai'i, 60,000 in California, and 100,000 spread among
      the other 48 states).

      * Analysis comparing this bill with the radical demands of other
      ethnic groups; such as reparations for slavery, creation of a Nation
      of New Africa or a Nation of Aztlan (Chicanos), etc.

      * The Akaka Bill And Secession: The Hawaiian Government
      Reorganization bill (Akaka bill) is seen by its supporters as a step
      toward total independence for all of Hawai'i

      * A full-page advertisement opposing the Akaka bill published in the
      Honolulu Advertiser on October 23, 2003, the day President Bush
      visited Honolulu.

      * Testimony to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs opposing the
      Akaka bill, including powerful testimony from a highly esteemed
      native Hawaiian elder who is a Professor emeritus of Hawaiian
      language and culture.

      * 3 articles by Bruce Fein, nationally known expert on Constitutiona
      law, that were entered into the Congressional record by Arizona
      Senator Kyl

      * Major booklet by Constitutional law expert Bruce Fein: "Hawaii
      Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand." This is a point by point
      refutation of the apology bill and Akaka bill. It was also published
      in the Congressional Record with comments by Arizona Senator Kyl.

      * Newspaper opinion poll shows 75% opposed to the Akaka bill (even
      though this newspaper frequently editorializes in favor of the
      bill); scientific survey shows 67% opposed

      * Hawaiian sovereignty independence activist supports the Akaka bill
      as a way to get federal dollars for ethnic Hawaiians while
      continuing to seek total independence


      For all the above, and more, see:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/medianotes.html

      The Akaka Bill And Secession: The Hawaiian Government Reorganization
      bill (Akaka bill) is seen by its supporters as a step toward total
      independence for all of Hawai'i
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaSecession.html

      The Hawaiian Recognition bill in Congress is also known locally in
      Hawai'i as the Akaka bill. It was first introduced in the 106th
      Congress in the year 2000, and has undergone numerous changes until
      now. Even the name of the bill has changed several times! HERE IS
      THE CURRENT, ACTIVE VERSION OF THE BILL:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaCurrentVersion.
      html

      The HISTORY of the Hawaiian Recognition bill IN THE 109th Congress
      (January 2005 to December 2006) is now well underway. A
      chronological list of events in Congress and in Hawai'i related to
      the current 109th Congress is provided here:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaHist109thCong.h
      tml

      Some Testimony in Opposition to the Native Hawaiian Government
      Reorganization bill in the 109th Congress (S.147 and H.R.309),
      including a roundup of testimony from previous years, and published
      articles opposing the bill.
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/bigfiles/AkakaTestimony109Cong.html

      The COMPLETE HISTORY of the Akaka bill FROM YEAR 2000 TO THE
      PRESENT, including all versions of the bill together with testimony,
      contemporaneous news reports and analysis, is provided at:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/Akakahistory.html

      What is this bill? Why is it bad? What can people do to oppose it?
      What happened with this bill previously? The most important answers
      for busy people and members of the media are listed first (following
      a search engine and a petition). After that, a more scholarly
      analysis of the bill's contents, its predecessors, and what happened
      in previous years. Some items are repeated when appropriate for the
      flow of logic.

      Here is an internal search engine allowing you to find all pages on
      this website which discuss the topic you're interested in. Anytime
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      An on-line petition opposing the Native Hawaiian Recognition bill
      was created on January 21, 2003. Ethnic Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians
      are signing this petition. We want to protect unity and equality. We
      love each other and we love America. We do not want a race-based
      separate government inside Hawai'i nor secession from America.
      Please help protect Hawai'i from being carved up along racial lines.
      Please sign the petition, and ask others to do so. Go to:
      http://www.petitiononline.com/Aloha4HI/petition.html

      WHY ALL AMERICA SHOULD OPPOSE THE HAWAIIAN RECOGNITION BILL (NOW
      ALSO BEING CALLED THE NATIVE HAWAIIAN GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION
      BILL). A 5-paragraph summary of the most important arguments against
      the bill, and a lengthy set of "footnotes" leading to webpages
      explaining all the main points.
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaNationalSummary
      109Cong.html

      Three Choices For Hawai'i's Future: Akaka Bill vs. Independence vs.
      Unity and Equality

      The Akaka Bill And Secession: The Hawaiian Government Reorganization
      bill (Akaka bill) is seen by its supporters as a step toward total
      independence for all of Hawai'i
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaSecession.html

      Akaka bill -- would it be a unifying force for Hawai'i if it passes?
      The Akaka bill -- building a bridge to the Nineteenth Century.

      Kamehameha vs. Akaka -- Kamehameha unified Hawai'i 200 years ago;
      Akaka bill's main purpose is to divide Hawai'i (includes history of
      Kamehameha Day holiday; lack of certainty about Kamehameha's
      birthdate within a range of 25 years; Battle of Nu'uanu Pali and
      Herb Kane's painting of it and Adair's political cartoon based on
      it; newspaper advertisement comparing Kamehameha's unification of a
      multiracial Hawai'i against divisiveness of Akaka bill)

      Map of Hawaiian islands showing some of the lands likely to be
      demanded by an Akaka tribe, where different laws would prevail and
      businesses might operate exempt from taxes and regulation. There are
      large and small land parcels, SCATTERED throughout the islands,
      making jurisdictional issues a nightmare. Almost every current
      business would eventually come under competition from untaxed and
      unregulated businesses located within easy driving distance.
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/bigfiles3/AkakaTribeLandsAdv080505.pdf

      On January 25, 2005 the "Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization"
      bill was introduced in both the Senate and the House. Its bill
      numbers are S.147 and H.R.309. Both bills have identical wording, so
      that if they both pass, then no conference committee would be
      necessary and the bill would go directly to the President for
      signature. The complete text of S.147 as taken directly from the
      Congressional Record can be seen at:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/Akaka109S147HR309.ht
      ml

      On January 25, 2005, at the time they introduced the new Akaka bill
      in the Senate and House, speeches were given and entered in the
      Congressional Record by Senators Akaka and Inouye, and
      Representatives Abercrombie and Case. The full text of those
      speeches can be seen, along with red-pen corrections and comments by
      Professor Ken Conklin, at:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/Akaka012505SpeechRed
      .html

      Honolulu attorney Paul M. Sullivan updated his 61-page point-by-
      point analysis of the Akaka bill in January, 2005, including
      cartoons by Daryl Cagle. See:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/bigfiles2/AkakaSullivan012505.pdf

      Improving the Akaka Bill To Leave No Hawaiian Behind (proposing some
      serious amendments to make the bill less awful, consistent with its
      purpose of creating racial separatism)

      Akaka bill "debate": The Washington Times newspaper, series of 3
      articles focusing on issues of concern nationwide, written by
      constitutional law attorneys and activists pro and con, October and
      November 2004

      Introduction: Brief Description of the Native Hawaiian Recognition
      Bill and Brief Statement in Opposition

      FOR MEDIA and the Public: Up-to-Date, Basic, Quick Information About
      The Hawaiian Recognition bill:

      * A 5-paragraph summary of what's wrong with the bill, together with
      numerous footnotes providing extensive documentation of all main
      points;

      * A short letter from Chairman Sensenbrenner of the House Judiciary
      Committee to Speaker Hastert demanding the bill be killed and
      calling the bill unconstitutional;

      * A similar and very lengthy letter from the Chairman of the Senate
      Republican Policy Committee analyzing the bill and urging Senators
      to oppose it;

      * An official letter from the Assistant Attorney General of the
      United States warning about major problems with the bill

      * Commentaries of national significance from the Wall Street
      Journal, Washington Times, National Review, and other newspapers
      written by columnists, attorneys, and analysts.

      * A spreadsheet showing how many of America's 400,000 "Native
      Hawaiians" live in each of the 50 states according to Census 2000
      (240,000 in Hawai'i, 60,000 in California, and 100,000 spread among
      the other 48 states).

      * Analysis comparing this bill with the radical demands of other
      ethnic groups; such as reparations for slavery, creation of a Nation
      of New Africa or a Nation of Aztlan (Chicanos), etc.

      * The Akaka Bill And Secession: The Hawaiian Government
      Reorganization bill (Akaka bill) is seen by its supporters as a step
      toward total independence for all of Hawai'i

      * A full-page advertisement opposing the Akaka bill published in the
      Honolulu Advertiser on October 23, 2003, the day President Bush
      visited Honolulu.

      * Testimony to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs opposing the
      Akaka bill, including powerful testimony from a highly esteemed
      native Hawaiian elder who is a Professor emeritus of Hawaiian
      language and culture.

      * 3 articles by Bruce Fein, nationally known expert on Constitutiona
      law, that were entered into the Congressional record by Arizona
      Senator Kyl

      * Major booklet by Constitutional law expert Bruce Fein: "Hawaii
      Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand." This is a point by point
      refutation of the apology bill and Akaka bill. It was also published
      in the Congressional Record with comments by Arizona Senator Kyl.

      * Newspaper opinion poll shows 75% opposed to the Akaka bill (even
      though this newspaper frequently editorializes in favor of the
      bill); scientific survey shows 67% opposed

      * Hawaiian sovereignty independence activist supports the Akaka bill
      as a way to get federal dollars for ethnic Hawaiians while
      continuing to seek total independence

      For all the above, and more, see:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/medianotes.html

      Why the Bill was Conceived. The Real Purpose of the Bill.

      The main reasons offered in support of the Native Hawaiian
      Recognition bill are either false or irrelevant. The bill's primary
      focus is racial separatism. The purpose is to protect racial
      entitlement programs from legal challenges, and to establish a
      separate apartheid government inside the State of Hawai'i restricted
      to ethnic Hawaiians. Supporters of the bill say it is not about
      race -- they say its purpose is to protect indigenous rights, self-
      determination, and cultural preservation; but careful study shows
      that is false. Claims about illegal overthrow of the monarchy,
      illegal annexation, and the apology bill raise the specter of
      secession but are not relevant to support a bill for establishment
      of tribal status for ethnic Hawaiians as a political entity inside
      the United States.

      The Native Hawaiian Recognition bill (aka Akaka bill) is pork barrel
      ethnic politics at its worst. The primary purpose of the bill is to
      protect racial entitlement programs which otherwise will be ruled
      unconstitutional by the courts. Hawai'i's political power structure,
      and wealthy ethnic Hawaiian institutions, are willing to splinter
      Hawai'i's rainbow because of greed for money, land, and power. Even
      the Alaska oil industry, and Alaska native corporations, are sending
      big bucks to Hawai'i to support lobbying for the Akaka bill in hopes
      they can profit if the Akaka tribe gets federal recognition.

      There are more than 160 racially exclusionary government entitlement
      programs benefitting only ethnic Hawaiians, in addition to private
      programs. These programs are valued in the Billions of dollars. The
      purpose of the Native Hawaiian Recognition bill is to protect these
      programs against court challenges that they are unconstitutional.
      HERE IS A LIST OF A GREAT MANY OF THESE RACIAL ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS,
      WITH DOLLAR VALUES FOR SOME OF THEM.

      Ethnic Hawaiians and Non-Hawaiians Rank Priorities Similarly --
      Education, Health, Housing, Environment Are Far More Important Than
      Native Hawaiian Rights, Racial Entitlements, and Ethnic Hawaiian
      Nationhood. Most citizens of Hawai'i, including most ethnic
      Hawaiians, consider the Native Hawaiian Recognition bill to be a
      very low priority.

      The Hawaiian recognition bill seeks to pull a thoroughly integrated
      ethnic group out of society and create an ethnic nationalist
      government. The same arguments favoring an ethnic Hawaiian "nation"
      would also favor nationhood for Mexican-Americans, whose radical
      sovereignty groups MEChA and Nation of Aztlan are very active in
      California and the Southwest. The legal theory behind the Hawaiian
      recognition bill makes Hawaiian nationalism the thin edge of a knife
      poised to balkanize America and perhaps eventually dismember it.
      Hawaiian nationalism, Chicano nationalism, Black nationalism, and
      demands for reparations are destabilizing America. Passage of the
      Hawaiian Recognition bill would give legal and political support to
      all such radical movements. See:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/edwards1america1hawa
      ii.html

      Hawai'i's Fifth Column: Anti-Americanism in the Hawaiian Sovereignty
      Movement

      MAJOR POINTS IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL, EXPLAINED IN DETAIL

      Why PEOPLE OUTSIDE HAWAI'I SHOULD OPPOSE the Native Hawaiian
      Recognition Bill

      Two resolutions passed by the Western States Sheriffs' Association
      in 2003 and 2004 are very important to be aware of when considering
      the consequences of the Akaka bill. There are serious law
      enforcement problems arising in local jurisdictions throughout
      America due to the sovereign immunity of Indian tribes.

      If the Akaka bill passes and the Akaka tribe gets created,
      jurisdictional conflicts will be far more severe in Hawai'i than in
      any other state. That's because the Hawaiian homelands, and lands
      owned by Bishop Estate (Kamehameha Schools) and other ali'i trusts,
      plus portions of the ceded lands, would probably become tribal
      lands.

      Indeed, most of the ceded lands could become tribal lands if the
      Legislature is as generous in giving away the public lands as it has
      been in giving away the public's money to OHA and DHHL. The Akaka
      tribe's lands would be scattered throughout all the islands, and
      located in virtually every portion of every island. Tribal
      businesses established on such lands, and the homes and incomes of
      tribal members, would be exempt from taxation , zoning regulations,
      labor laws, environmental laws, etc.

      State and county law enforcement officers would need to negotiate
      with tribal officials for access and authority in such areas. The
      situation would be especially severe if Bishop Estate decides to re-
      incorporate under tribal jurisdiction, making tribal businesses at
      Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Windward Mall, etc. exempt from
      state and local taxes, regulation, and jurisdiction.

      The following document contains copies of two resolutions passed by
      Western States Sheriffs' Association in 2003 and 2004 on the subject
      of tribal sovereign immunity abuses and local public safety impacts.
      The letterhead stationery shows the number of states and
      organizations standing behind these resolutions. See:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/bigfiles/sheriffstelljurisdprobs.pdf

      Map of Hawaiian islands showing some of the lands likely to be
      demanded by an Akaka tribe, where different laws would prevail and
      businesses might operate exempt from taxes and regulation. There are
      large and small land parcels, SCATTERED throughout the islands,
      making jurisdictional issues a nightmare. Almost every current
      business would eventually come under competition from untaxed and
      unregulated businesses located within easy driving distance.
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/bigfiles3/AkakaTribeLandsAdv080505.pdf

      How to Oppose the Bill; Whom To Contact and When

      Attorney Paul M. Sullivan's detailed legal analysis of the Native
      Hawaiian Recognition Bill

      Attorney Patrick W. Hanifin's heavily footnoted essay on the history
      of citizenship and voting rights in Hawai'i shows that the sort of
      racially exclusive government proposed in the Native Hawaiian
      Recognition bill would violate the Hawaiian Kingdom's tradition of
      inclusion, that ethnic Hawaiians are not an Indian tribe, and that
      all Hawai'i's people today, regardless of race, are the heirs of the
      Kingdom.

      Open letter to Congress and to the People of Hawai'i: From the
      Na'au: A Defense of Equality, Unity, Brotherhood, and Aloha for All.

      The basic moral, social, and legal principles against which the
      Native Hawaiian Recognition bill is being judged: unity of Hawai'i's
      people and unity of Hawai'i with the United States; equality in the
      eyes of God(s) and equality under the law; government assistance
      based on need and not race; full partnership of all Hawai'i's people
      rather than second-class guests in a host's homeland.

      Other nations have suffered grievously because of laws and
      government policies establishing racial supremacy.

      Fiji, with a history similar to Hawai'i, enforces Native Fijian
      racial supremacy over descendants of Asian sugar plantation workers
      through a legal system resembling what Hawaiian sovereignty
      activists are seeking.


      Paid lobbyists are in Washington, sent by the bloated bureaucracies
      whose continued existence depends on this bill being passed --
      especially the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (with over $300 million of
      public money in its war chest), the Department of Hawaiian Homelands
      (with over 200,000 acres of land and many thousands of ethnic
      Hawaiians living there on $1-per-year leases), and the tax-exempt
      charitable trust now known as Kamehameha Schools, formery Bishop
      Estate (which has somewhere between $6 Billion and $15 Billion in
      assets).

      OHA announced in early 2001 that it planned to spend about $9
      Million to "educate the public" about this bill and other racial
      entitlement programs, and to lobby in Washington. Presumably there
      is plenty of that money remaining; and there is plenty more where
      that came from. In October 2002 OHA announced that its top priority
      will be community "education" (propaganda) and Congressional
      lobbying for "nationhood."

      Thousands of so-called Native Hawaiians (most of whom are mostly non-
      Hawaiian in genealogy), who currently receive racial entitlement
      benefits not available to other citizens through those three
      institutions and through hundreds of other taxpayer-supported
      programs, will be lobbying in support of this bill. It is difficult
      for opponents to keep up with them. We have no lavish expense
      accounts, and no motives other than patriotism and a desire to
      protect the unity of Hawai'i and the concept of equality under the
      law.

      Unfortunately the Department of Interior in 2002 showed interest in
      negotiating the language of the Native Hawaiian Recognition bill.
      This seems to indicate a willingness to tolerate the concept of
      apartheid for Hawai'i while merely negotiating suitable language for
      implementing it.

      In the new 108th Congress in 2003 it would be good to get the bill
      referred to the Judiciary committees of the House and Senate,
      because they would be inclined to study the issue of the bill's
      unconstitutionality. Likewise, it would be good to get the
      Department of Justice involved in scrutinizing the bill instead of
      leaving it up to the Department of Interior (which automatically
      assumes it is dealing with Indians who merely seek to be
      recognized).

      See: Text and Analysis of Bush Administration Actions and Statements
      on Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill: Including December 6, 2001
      Dept. of Interior Markup of S.746; and September 6, 2002 statement
      by Secretary of Interior Gail Norton. Also published statement by
      close Bush adviser Karen Hughes, campaigning for Republican Hawai'i
      gubernatorial candidate, now Governor Linda Lingle, stating that
      Interior Secretary Norton has been discussing the bill with Lingle.

      The level of political activism for racial separatism and ethnic
      nationalism is increasing significantly in Hawai'i. Perhaps the
      primary reason for increased zealotry and radicalism is the support
      for the Akaka bill coming from the political establishment. To read
      about sovereignty fanaticism in Hawai'i, see:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/religdogzeal.html

      On September 7, 2003 a pro-apartheid "red shirt" march by 5,000 to
      10,000 ethnic Hawaiians and supporters took place in Waikiki. The
      purpose of the march was to protest the Arakaki2 lawsuit as well as
      the two Kamehameha School desegregation lawsuits, and to rally
      support for the Akaka bill as a way of resisting the lawsuits. See:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/redshirtsept2003.htm
      l

      Another, larger red-shirt pro-apartheid march was held on September
      6, 2004, and has been compared to the Nazi brown-shirt and black-
      shirt marches in 1930s Germany. See:
      http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/redshirtsept2004.htm
      l

      It will be very important for people in every state who wish to
      defend the unity of America and equality under law to be vigilant
      throughout 2005 and 2006 to oppose the Native Hawaiian Recognition
      bill. See:
      How to Oppose the Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill; Whom To Contact
      and When
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