Native Hawaiians to get Own Government!

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HONOLULU – Their kingdom long ago overthrown, Native Hawaiians seeking redress  are closer than they’ve ever been to reclaiming a piece of Hawaii. Native Hawaiians are the last remaining indigenous group in the United States  that hasn’t been allowed to establish their own government, a right already  extended to Alaska Natives and 564 Native American tribes. With a final vote pending in the U.S. Senate and Hawaii-born President Barack  Obama on their side, the nation’s 400,000 Native Hawaiians could earn federal  recognition as soon as this month — and the land, money and power that comes  with it.

The measure passed the U.S. House last month. Many Native Hawaiians believe this process could help right the wrongs  perpetuated since their kingdom was overthrown in 1893. The also point to the  hundreds of thousands who died from diseases spread by foreign explorers before  the kingdom fell. Native Hawaiians never fully assimilated after the first Europeans arrived in  1778: They earn less money, live shorter lives, get sent to prison more often  and are more likely to end up homeless than other ethnicities, said Clyde Namuo,  CEO of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the state-funded agency founded to  improve the conditions of Native Hawaiians. “It’s about correcting the injustice,” Namuo said. “When you look very closely  at the numbers — prison, health, wealth, education — we are not at the level  that our colonizers are at.” However, just what Native Hawaiians would receive if the federal recognition  measure passes Congress is uncertain.

 The bill sets up negotiations between a  new Native Hawaiian government, the state of Hawaii and the federal government,  but it doesn’t specify what resources Native Hawaiians would receive. Namuo said he hopes the lives of Native Hawaiians would be improved if they had  more control of their own destiny. A disproportionate share of Native Hawaiians find themselves homeless, huddled  beneath plastic tarps in beach camps or living in shelters. Native Hawaiians  make up 28 percent of the state’s homeless who received outreach services, while  accounting for about 20 percent of the population, according to last year’s  report by the University of Hawaii Center on the Family.

Congratulations to the Hawaiians!

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