President Obama wants to undo the Hawaii Admissions Act of 1959, and allow Hawaii to return to a sovereign kingdom, run by native Hawaiians. The idea is nothing new. For at least the last ten years, two Democrat senators from Hawaii have tried to pass legislation—the Native Hawaiian Recognition Act—accomplishing this. Congress has, correctly, declined to pass this, for many reasons, not the least of which is it would violate the 15th Amendment, and create a legalized racial class based not on treaties, but solely on blood heritage.
But Obama is unilaterally doing what Former Senator Daniel Inouye and Senator Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), could not get through Congress. The Department of the Interior has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to do exactly what the failed legislation set out to do.
*Should Interior implement a rule reestablishing “a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community?”
*Should Interior assist the Native Hawaiian community in “reorganizing its government?”
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