WHAT DOES THE AKAKA BILL SAY? WHAT IS THE TEXT OF THE CURRENT, ACTIVE VERSION OF THE AKAKA BILL?
On September 13, 2012 Senator Akaka in one minute pushed a new version of the Akaka bill through the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The new 14-page bill keeps the same bill number as the old 60-page version, S.675. Here's the new version, including page and line numbers. It was originally posted on Senator Akaka's official website:
However, Senator Akaka's website will be taken down when he retires at the end of 2012; so the September 13, 2012 version of the Akaka bill has been saved on this "Hawaiian Sovereignty" website at
The old version remains the only version in the House, but should now be regarded as dormant. On March 30, 2011 the Akaka bill was officially introduced in both the Senate and the House. In the Senate it had bill number S.675. In the House it has bill number H.R.1250. Both were identical "companion" bills.
A printer-friendly version of the old bill, copied from the Library of Congress website, is at
The old bill is also available on Senator Akaka's official website in pdf format showing page numbers and line numbers, at
HOWEVER, a stealth maneuver was initiated in mid-October 2011 to insert into a major appropriations bill a few sentences that would have the effect of declaring ethnic Hawaiians to be an Indian tribe and adding them to the Department of Interior list of recognized tribes, without any need to pass the Akaka bill. This is extremely dangerous, because none of the language in the Akaka bill that provides "protections" to the people of Hawaii would be included. The stealth language would simply declare that the state-recognized tribe under Hawaii Act 195 of 2011 would now be federally recognized, and would be free to do whatever it wants under the authority given to it now or in the future by the very compliant state legislature, plus all the rights of federally recognized tribes even without the consent of the state legislature. For details see
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