Sunday, July 10, 2011
More trouble for Native Hawaiians
by Larry Geller
If you think you know what the Governor’s signing of SB1520 (Native Hawaiians; Recognition; Native Hawaiian Roll Commission), is all about, or if you want to know what it is all about, don’t miss journalist Joan Conrow’s discussion at Musings: Shafted (7/5/2011).
It’s hard to make a good snip of this article, so please click over to read it in its entirety. :
The bill aims to do what Sen. Daniel Akaka could not: turn kanaka maoli into a tribe that forever relinquishes all claim to sovereignty while keeping those pesky upstart Hawaiians firmly under the state’s thumb. Worse, it does so by using a divide and conquer strategy that will serve only to tear the Hawaiians apart, which is quite an effective way to delay justice for another century or so.
That’s not how the bill was advertised, of course. Read Joan’s article for her arguments.