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Federal Govt Takes 1st Step in Native Hawaiian Govt

The Obama administration is taking the first formal step in a long process that could result in an official relationship between the federal government and a future Native Hawaiian governing entity. The U.S. Department of the Interior has scheduled public meetings in Hawaii beginning June 23, to get feedback on the question of whether a government-to-government relationship should be re-established, and if so, how to achieve that.  All four of Hawaii's congressional delegates issued a statement saying "We applaud the Administration's commitment to an open dialogue, starting with listening sessions in Hawaii to provide ample opportunity for Native Hawaiians and the general public to contribute their comments and concerns. This notice represents an historic opportunity to address years of injustice and marks a positive step forward in the push for Native Hawaiian self-determination."

 

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