Hawaiian Government Reorganization bill (also known as the Akaka bill) -- For Media and the Public: Up-to-date, basic, newsworthy, quick information about efforts to pass the federal bill, and efforts to create a state-recognized tribe under Act 195 (Hawaii session laws of 2011).

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The current, active version of the Akaka bill is always identified, and its text is made available, at

A neutral compilation of all significant news reports and commentaries, including transcripts from the Congressional Record, for the current 113th Congress, with links to similar compilations for the entire period from 2000 to now, is at

A summary of the most important reasons why all America should oppose the Akaka bill, including links to important webpages documenting all the main points.

Hundreds of articles opposing the Akaka bill have been written by well-known commentators and institutions, including the Wall Street Journal and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (repeatedly), and published in newspapers and magazines of national circulation. An index to all of them in chronological order, with links to the full text of each one, is at



August 19, 2014: This was the final day to submit testimony regarding the Department of Interior Advance Notice of Proposed Rule-Making to create a Hawaiian tribe and give it federal recognition by an administrative procedure without Congressional action.
At least 2069 written comments were submitted. A large majority were opposed to the Department of Interior proposal. The following seven testimonies are especially valuable in opposition because they explicitly rely upon the fundamental principles of racial equality and the unity of all Hawaii's people under the undivided sovereignty of the State of Hawaii:
(1) Kenneth R. Conklin of the Center for Hawaiian Sovereignty Studies
(2) Keli'i Akina, President, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
(3) Hans A. von Spakovsky of The Heritage Foundation
(4) Paul M. Sullivan
(5) H.W. Burgess
(6) Sandra Puanani Burgess
(7) Jack Miller


Federal register-- full text of Advance Notice of proposed rulemaking, and explanation how to see testimony that has been submitted:
Ken Conklin's 100-page testimony in opposition (table of contents on page 4)

On August 1, 2014 four U.S. Senators sent a letter to Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell protesting against the administrative rulemaking process to create a Hawaiian tribe. Letter on official stationery with signatures is at

On June 18, 2014, it was announced that representatives from the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Department of Justice will hold numerous public hearings throughout Hawaii, and also in 5 other states, regarding a rule-making process for creating a Hawaiian tribe and giving it federal recognition. For an outline of the process and DOI answers to commonly asked questions, see
A large number of news reports and commentaries about the hearings from June 18 to the end of June are compiled at

On Kamehameha Day, June 11, 2014, Keli'i Akina, President of Grassroot Institute and candidate for OHA trustee, published a major essay in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser opposing racial separatism.

June 4: Grassroot Institute President, Dr. Keli'i Akina, publishes article in "The Daily Caller" describing the Obama administration's attempt to use executive authority to give federal recognition to a not-yet-created Hawaiian tribe as an end-run around both Congress and the courts.

June 2: Every day the Honolulu Star-Advertiser posts a "Big Question" poll which offers several possible answers and asks readers to vote online. On June 2, 2014 the question was "What kind of future do you favor for Native Hawaiians?" Four choices were offered. The winner, with 41% of the vote, was "No entitlements at all." In second place "Federal recognition" with 31%. "The status quo" got 22%; and "Independence" got only 6%.

May 27, 2014:
Stop Appeasing Hawaii's Racial Separatists
by Kenneth R. Conklin
Hawaii Political Info online newspaper and also webpage

May 26, 2014
Paul Mirengoff, attorney at Powerline think tank, opposes Obama administration efforts to create ethnic Hawaiian tribe.

May 24: (1) U.S. Department of the Interior begins preliminary rule-making to create a Hawaiian tribe by administrative action. Official government announcement is at
(2) Press release by Grassroot Institute questions whether such rule-making can withstand legal challenge, and "This end run around the democratic process is a violation of everything that Native Hawaiian tradition and culture stand for. Moreover, it raises the question of who is truly being empowered by the nation-building efforts--the people or the politicians? Enough with these unconstitutional efforts to build a government based on race. Let's get back to the business of helping Native Hawaiians in real, tangible ways."

May 23: (1) "Jim Crow Prowls Paradise" article in PJ Media compares racially exclusionary voter registries in Hawaii, Guam, and CNMI (Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands) that will be used for government-sponsored elections, and federal court decision regarding CNMI.
(2) Press release by Grassroot Institute celebrates federal court decision voiding the CNMI racially exclusionary voter registry.

May 12, 2014
Keli'i Akina, President of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was interviewed by Jay Fidell on the Think Tech Hawaii channel. The 52 minute video is entitled "Proud to be American and Hawaiian." Dr. Akina explains that OHA trustees, and their CEO, are officers of the State of Hawaii and must be held accountable for challenging the sovereignty of the United States in Hawaii and for requiring enrollees on the Kana'iolowalu racial registry to affirm "the unrelinquished sovereignty of the Native Hawaiian people." See the You-Tube video at

May 10, 2014
Grassroot Institute Calls on OHA Trustees to Own Up for CEO Comments
News release by President Keli'i Akina, Ph.D.
The trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs have embarrassed the State of Hawaii and must be held accountable for recent statements in a letter by its CEO to the U.S. Department of State questioning the legitimacy of American and Hawaii State sovereignty in the Hawaiian islands.

May 9, 2014
Building a Hawaiian tribe in the Legislature: Kana'iolowalu status report May 2014
Extended registration for the Hawaiian racial registry has closed. But the Roll Commission stole 87,000 out of 125,000 names from previous registries without the permission of those people, despite the fact that the registration now includes important political affirmations which were never part of earlier registries. And those new political affirmations were neither required nor allowed in the Roll Commission's enabling legislation.

On January 10, 2014 a letter was sent to more than 150 leaders of Indian tribes on the U.S. mainland. The letter describes how federal recognition of a phony "Native Hawaiian" tribe would have bad consequences for the genuine tribes, and asks them to express opposition to executive action when speaking to officials in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Interior, and White House.

Why businesses, labor unions, and community groups in Hawaii should oppose state and/or federal recognition of a phony "Native Hawaiian" tribe -- January 10 letter to Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, and December 11, 2013 commentary in Honolulu Star-Advertiser, as examples


On Thursday December 12 the Honolulu Star-Advertiser ran an online opinion poll on the front page of its website beginning at midnight and ending at 4:00 PM.

The question was:
Generally, what’s your sentiment on Native Hawaiian sovereignty?

The choices were:
A. Support independence under U.N.
B. Support nation within U.S. integration
C. Oppose it

The results, as recorded in the online poll archive, were as follows:


C. Oppose it (56%, 1,893 Votes)

B. Support nation within U.S. integration (29%, 974 Votes)

A. Support independence under U.N. (15%, 530 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,395

More people voted in this poll than in any other poll during the past three weeks. And at 56%, significantly more people voted against any form of ethnic Hawaiian sovereignty than voted in favor of either the independence or Indian tribe models combined (Akaka bill, Kau Inoa, and Kana'iolowalu). Opponents outnumbered tribe supporters nearly 2-to-1. Opponents outnumbered secessionists nearly 4-to-1. Queen Liliuokalani is quoted in many places as having said "The voice of the people is the voice of God." The people have now spoken once again, with basically the same results as in other polls and surveys conducted in previous years in the Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Maui News, and Grassroot Institute two telephone polls which called every publicly listed telephone number in Hawaii. It's time for Hawaii's people to move forward in a spirit of reconciliation with aloha for all. E hana kakou -- let's all work together.


September 16, 2013: 4 of the 8 members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights jointly wrote a strongly-worded 5-page letter to President Obama opposing any attempt to use executive action to give federal recognition to an Akaka tribe. The letter reiterated reasons for opposing the concept of the Akaka bill, expressed in several official statements by USCCR in previous years, and added objections to the new concept of using executive authority to do what Congress has refused to do for 13 years. The USCCR letter, dated September 16, 2013 on official letterhead and bearing the signatures of the 4 Commissioners, can be seen at

September 5, 2013:
(1) Honolulu Star-Advertiser news report that Sally Jewell, the new Secretary of Interior, gave a speech at the annual convention of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. She said Obama supports federal recognition of the Akaka tribe, but it's unclear how to accomplish that through administrative processes.
(2) Honolulu Civil Beat online newspaper has a very different report about Jewell's speech, including details about protocols used in greeting her.

August 30, 2013: Honolulu Star-Advertiser: The new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior will be the keynote speaker at the Native Hawaiian Convention in Honolulu, signaling closer cooperation in working toward federal recognition of an Akaka tribe.

August 29, 2013
"I have a dream" -- for Hawaii, 50 years later (Recalling Martin Luther King's speech, and how his dream applies to Hawaii in 2013. Calls for abandoning the Akaka bill, Kana'iolowalu process, and racial entitlement programs)
Hawaii Reporter
by Ken Conklin
See greatly expanded version including detailed explanations and references at


August 12-14, 2013: Series of 4 closely related items

August 12, 2013 Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that "Hawaii's congressional delegation has asked President Obama to consider executive action"

Aug 13: Honolulu Star-Advertiser EDITORIAL says Obama can and should act to give federal recognition to Akaka tribe.

Aug 14: (1) Honolulu Star-Advertiser online reader poll "Should President Obama use his executive authority to achieve federal recognition for Native Hawaiian sovereignty?" 3,014 votes, 70% NO.;

Aug 14: (2) Andrew Walden analyzes Star-Advertiser editorial from August 13 and cites proof that Obama cannot use the 1994 Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act to recognize a native Hawaiian tribe, contrary to what the editorial had said.


July 15-18, 2013: PBS-Hawaii broadcast a 60-minute panel discussion about "Native Hawaiian governance" and the Kana'iolowalu racial registry, featuring 4 Hawaiian sovereignty activists including former Governor John Waihee and former OHA chairman Clayton Hee. Ken Conklin published an essay and extended webpage describing what's wrong with the Kana'iolowalu process.

PBS-Hawaii program announcements for July 18, 2013 at 8 PM
Native Hawaiian Sovereignty
On the next "Insights," we ask, "Is an independent Native Hawaiian government within reach?" To date, no sovereignty effort has managed to truly galvanize the Native Hawaiian population. Now armed with the state's approval, the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission has high hopes that will change. However, the commission is falling far short of its yearlong goal of signing up 200,000 eligible Hawaiians to help establish an independent government. Will a six-month extension change the tide and bring Native Hawaiians closer to self-governance?
Dan Boylan hosts a discussion with the following scheduled guests: Sen. Clayton Hee, Chairman of the State Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee [previously head of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for about ten years]; Dexter Kaiama, Honolulu Native Hawaiian rights attorney [attorney for Keanu Sai who filed complaints with the International Criminal Court alleging war crimes by Hawaii judges and prosecutors]; Esther Kiaaina, Deputy Director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources [formerly spokesperson for OHA and staff policy advisor to Senators Inouye, Akaka, and Congressman Ed Case]; and Former Gov. John Waihee, Chairman of the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission.
[Ken Conklin's note: The Insights program of July 18, 2013 about Native Hawaiian governance and the Kana'iolowalu racial registry can be seen on YouTube where it was placed by PBS-Hawaii]

Hawaii Political Info, July 15, 2013
The Trouble with the Kana'iolowalu Racial Registry
by Ken Conklin
A much more detailed version of that essay is on a webpage at


June 13, 2013
Detailed rebuttal to Senator Brian Schatz' (D,HI) maiden Senate speech of June 11 which was entirely devoted to pleading with Senators to support the concept of federal recognition for the Akaka tribe.
by Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D.
Hawaii Political Info
The published article is a condensed version of a much more detailed webpage at

June 2, 2013:
Dr. Kelli Akina, the new CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and former OHA trustee candidate, addressed the Conservative Forum for Hawaii at the Naniloa Hotel Crown Room in Hilo Hawaii, on Sunday June 2. Dr. Akina's topic was "E Hana Kâkou: The Advancement of Native Hawaiians and All Residents of the Aloha State."
See story at Hawaii News Daily, June 4, 2013
A video of the entire one hour eight minute event is now available at

April 11, 2013:
Keli'i Akina, Ph.D., newly inaugurated President of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, publishes article entitled "Hawaiians Give Vote of No Confidence to Sovereign Hawaiian Nation." After nearly a year, the Native Roll Commission has signed up only 9300 ethnic Hawaiians for the racial registry Kana'iolowalu, out of the 527,000 ethnic Hawaiians identified in Census 2010.

February 11, 2013:
The Akaka bill heavily relies on the 1993 U.S. apology resolution to Native Hawaiians, regarding the alleged U.S. role in the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893. A resolution was introduced in the Hawaii legislature to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the U.S. apology resolution; and testimony was offered to the Hawaii legislature in the form of a substitute resolution explaining that the apology resolution is filled with falsehoods, has produced bad consequences, and should be repealed. See "U.S. Apology Resolution 20th Anniversary -- Repeal It, Don't Celebrate It!" in Hawaii Political Info at



December 17-21, 2012: Dec. 17 Senator Inouye (D, HI) died. Also Dec. 17 the committee report for the newest version of the Akaka bill (passed by committee on September 13) was delivered to the Senate; AND THIS LATEST VERSION OF THE BILL WAS PLACED ON THE SENATE LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR (meaning that Majority Leader Harry Reid can call it to the floor for debate anytime he chooses). December 20: Senator Akaka made a speech in the Senate pleading with his colleagues to pass the Akaka bill as a tribute to Senator Inouye, who supported it. See History of the Akaka bill from December 17 through 21 for news reports, CSPAN video of Akaka's 9-minute speech, and transcripts from Congressional Record of Akaka's speech and a supporting speech immediately thereafter by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, AK).

November 11, 2012: Silver linings around the 2012 election clouds -- How the defeat of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda Lingle helps stop the Akaka bill from getting enacted, because Lingle will not be sitting in the Republican Senate caucus working to persuade her fellow Republicans to stop blocking the bill.

September 26, 2012: News release from Senator Jon Kyl, a longtime staunch opponent of the Akaka bill, says Kyl will block the entire Interior Department appropriations bill (i.e., put a hold on it or filibuster it) until Inouye's stealth paragraph recognizing the Akaka tribe is removed.

September 26, 2012

Joe Hack (202) 224-7577

Kyl Statement on Legislative Language Changing Status of Native Hawaiians

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl made the following statement today regarding the Senate Appropriations Committee's inclusion of language in one of its bills that would allow the Secretary of the Interior to recognize Native Hawaiians as an Indian tribe:

"I oppose the inclusion of this language and will insist that it be removed before allowing that bill to advance. I have long supported public programs for the cultural and educational benefit of native peoples, including those of Native Hawaiian descent. At the same time, I have long opposed the creation of any new government defined by race or blood, but that has always been the core of the various Native Hawaiian tribal recognition bills that have been proposed. This appropriations rider is no different. It ties the proposed tribe's membership to a Hawaii law, known at Act 195, which only allows participation by persons with Native Hawaiian blood. That is a race-based definition and it is contrary to our constitutional principles.

"Moreover, it is inappropriate for this kind of controversial, legislative language to be included in a bill that is supposed to provide funding for the Department of Interior. That is especially true given how unpopular this legislation is. It is so controversial, in fact, that even when Democrats had 60 votes in the Senate during the last Congress, the leadership never even tried to advance it."

Sen. Jon Kyl is the Senate Republican Whip and serves on the Senate Finance and Judiciary committees. Visit his website at www.kyl.senate.gov or his YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/senjonkyl.



September 25, 2012: Senator Inouye introduced a paragraph deep inside a draft appropriations bill for the Interior Department, which would authorize the Secretary of Interior to add the Hawaii Act 195 group (Akaka tribe) to the list of federally recognized tribes.

"SEC. 427. Now and hereafter, in exercise of the authority delegated under sections 441, 442, 463, and 465 of the Revised Statutes (43 U.S.C. 1457; 25 U.S.C. 2, 9), the Secretary shall consider for recognition the self-governing community that may include individuals enrolled under Act 195 (26th Haw. Leg. Sess. (2011)); Provided, That such community shall not be entitled to programs and services available to entities listed pursuant to section 104 of Public Law 103–454 except to the extent a statute governing such a program or service expressly provides that it applies to such community or its members; that such community may not conduct gaming activities as a matter of claimed inherent authority or under the authority of any Federal law; and that section 2116 of the Revised Statutes (25 U.S.C. 177) shall have no present or past application in the State where such community is located."


September 13, 2012: Senator Akaka introduced a new version of the Akaka bill in the Senate Indian Affairs Committee where he is chairman. The committee passed it in less than one minute, although vice-chairman Senator John Barrasso (R, WY) voted against it and also announced that Senator John McCain (R, AZ) opposes it. For links to text of the bill and news reports, and analysis, see "Why the new Akaka bill (September 13, 2012) is the worst one yet: bad for the people of Hawaii, bad for the genuine Indian tribes, bad for the entire U.S. It authorizes casinos in Hawaii and on the mainland; worsens racial balkanization in America by redefining "tribe" in the Constitution to mean "indigenous"; abandons protections for Hawaii's people that were in previous versions; grants federal recognition to a tribe not yet created" at

September 4, 2012: Republican and Democrat 2012 National and State Platforms Regarding the Akaka bill and Hawaiian Racial Entitlements

August 29-31, 2012: Data focused on Native Hawaiians from Census 2010 have important political implications for Hawaii and all of America. The implications concern the Akaka bill and/or Act 195 state-recognized tribe; and victimhood claims asserted by the Hawaiian grievance industry as a way of demanding sympathy, money, and political power. Native Hawaiians would be the largest Indian tribe in America. Their average age is 26, compared to an average age of 42 for all the rest of Hawaii's people; the age gap explains why they have lower income, and higher rates of drug abuse and incarceration. Most Native Hawaiians have a low percentage of Hawaiian native blood, yet they are counted as full tally marks in analyzing victimhood data, whereas people with correspondingly low percentages of Caucasian, Filipino, etc. ancestry are not counted as Caucasians, Filipinos, etc; thus the data inappropriately look bad for Native Hawaiians.
1500 word summary published at
2500 word summary published at
Detailed analysis including internet links to Census data at

August 14, 2012: Major essay by Ken Conklin explains that Hawaii Republicans who support the Akaka bill might persuade Republicans in Congress to stop blocking the it, whereas Democrats who support the bill will continue to be ignored; therefore it's important to vote against those Republicans in November.

August 3, 2012: YouTube video, 92 minutes, of a meeting about the goals and procedures of the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission authorized under Act 195 of 2011 to establish a racial registry for a future Native Hawaiian tribe. Active participants include former Governor John Waihee, who is chairman of the Commission, and Mahealani Wendt, former head of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation [when her surname was Kamau'u]. All participants make clear that the state-recognized tribe will pave the way toward total independence. The 92 minute video is fully available instantly, thus allowing viewers to click or drag the timeline to browse through the video.

July 20-25, 2012: Extensive news coverage of the July 20 launching of Kana'iolowalu -- the racial registry called for in Hawaii Act 195 of 2011, to begin the process of creating a state-recognized tribe which can then seek federal recognition. Full text of numerous news reports can be found in the July 20-25 items in "History of the Hawaiian Government Reorganization bill" at

July 18, 2012: "Akaka Bill Through the Backdoor in Fall 2012?" Article describes several stealth procedures likely to be attempted in Congress and in the Obama administrative bureaucracy to produce federal recognition of an Akaka tribe.
Hawaii Reporter online newspaper shorter version with no footnotes
Webpage has more detailed version including numerous links to webpages

December 16, 2011: News report tells how Republicans in the House, during negotiations for final language of an omnibus year-end bill to keep the government running, forced removal of the sentence providing federal recognition of the Akaka tribe which Senator Inouye had previously inserted into an Interior Department appropriations bill.
Also, commentary opposing Akaka bill and opposing Inouye's stealth maneuver by John Carroll, candidate for Republican nomination for U.S. Senate from Hawaii. See

October 30, 2011: Ken Conklin published an article in Hawaii Reporter describing Senator Inouye's "new" stealth maneuver (hide Akaka bill by reference as a single sentence deep inside a massive appropriations bill) and shows it's the same maneuver he has used previously, despite his assurances he has never done it! Article also blasts Inouye for lies told on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding several issues, providing citations to the Congressional Record proving he said them.
In another published article on October 30, Conklin showed how newspapers sneak editorial opinion into so-called "news reports" by citing falsehoods as though they are commonly accepted facts; with special analysis of an article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser which reported the new Inouye stealth maneuver as being a "normal" way that tribes get federal recognition.

October 24, 2011: 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. For details see

July 6, 2011: Hawaii Governor Abercrombie signed SB1520, the bill that begins a process to create a state-recognized tribe for ethnic Hawaiians, and is intended to tie in with the federal Akaka bill. There were protests by ethnic Hawaiians on the street and in published op-eds reaching as far as London: See compilation of news reports for July 1-7 at

May 14, 2011: Hawaii state Republican Party at its annual convention passes a resolution strongly opposing the Akaka bill as a violation of its platform. This was the first time the state Republican Party has officially opposed the Akaka bill during the bill's 11 year history in Congress. See news report of the resolution at
The following URL allows direct access to the Hawaii Republican Party individual resolution opposing the Akaka bill:
The path to finding it on the Republican Party website is:
Go to Hawaii Republican Party website at
Then hover the cursor over "About us"
And use the pull-down menu to click on "2011 Resolutions."

May 3, 2011: Hawaii begins to create a state-recognized tribe when SB1520 passed the legislature. Why did they do it? What happens now? The state-recognized tribe could proceed on its own without federal recognition; and could also help smooth the path to passage of the Akaka bill by Congress.

April 7, 2011: Akaka bill passed the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on a voice vote.

March 30, 2011: The Akaka bill has been officially introduced in both the Senate and the House. See permanent links above, to download the text of the current version of the bill, and to track all significant news reports and commentaries.

March 7: Article in Hawaii Reporter, and major new webpage, call for defeat of S.66, a bill in Congress to reauthorize the Native Hawaiian Healthcare system. Many of the bill's political and historical "findings" are also in the Akaka bill, and the webpage attacking S.66 provides detailed rebuttals to them. The Hawaii Reporter article is at
and the webpage is at


February 28: Two bills to establish a state-recognized ethnic Hawaiian tribe have passed all the committees to which they were referred in the state Senate, and their companion bills in the state House are meeting no significant resistance.
* SB1 proposes to establish a racial corporation, perhaps analogous to the Alaska native corporations; see
* SB1520 has language nearly identical to the Akaka bill but adapted to the state level.

Jan 25, 2011: "The Army Times" reports that Senator Akaka has been pushed out as Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to be replaced by Patty Murray, and Akaka will become Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee [where he can push the Akaka bill]. The article implies that Akaka's fellow Senators regard him as incompetent to chair the truly important Veterans Affairs committee; and article reports that Akaka and his staff are unhappy with the move.
Jan 26: 2 articles in Honolulu Star-Advertiser follow up by reporting Akaka's demotion out of chairing Veterans Affairs committee and into chairing Indian Affairs committee. http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorials/20110126_Off_the_news.html and http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/20110126_Akaka_loses_post_as_Veterans_Affairs_chairman.html

Jan 24, 2011: Hawaii Reporter publishes analysis and full text of e-mail dialog between OHA Trustee Rowena Akana and Grassroot Institute member Jere Krischel regarding the Akaka bill, which began with Akana's published diatribe in OHA monthly newspaper (circulation 60,000) in which Akana accuses Krischel of being a racist (Krischel then engaged in an e-mail dialog with Akana for several rounds and demanded an apology which he never got). See "Office of Hawaiian Affairs: Rant vs. Reason on Race (A Debate)" at

Jan 24, 2011: Hawaii Reporter investigative reporter Jim Dooley says OHA spent $3.44 Million on direct lobbying for Akaka bill, not including additional millions for travel, a D.C. office, and other costs, and identifies Washington D.C. law firms that got most of it.



Honolulu Advertiser, December 31, 2010, page A17
[There is no internet archive of this newspaper's polls, which are conducted online. Results are reported on an ongoing basis only during the day the poll is taken, and then the final report is published in the physical newspaper the following day but not on the internet.]

Yesterday's Big Q: Now that the Akaka Bill appears to be dead, do you think efforts should continue to extend federal recognition of some sort to native Hawaiians?

Thanks for voting in this poll.

This poll ended on Thu, December 30, 2010 - 4:00:43.

A. Yes - 39% B. No - 61% (of 741 total votes)



Senator Akaka gave a speech on the Senate floor on December 22 mourning the death of the Akaka bill and lashing out against opponents; his floor speech is posted on his official Senate website at

An Associated Press article describes how "Native Hawaiian leaders plan to start forming their own new but unrecognized government following the failure of federal legislation to do so."


December 15: The U.S. Senate will consider a 1,924 page FY 2011 omnibus bill as early as Wednesday. The bill, on page 809 per Hawaii’s Senior U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, the appropriations chair, includes funding for a NATIVE HAWAIIAN RECOGNITION STUDY AUTHORIZATION. The entry reads: "The Secretary of the Interior shall, with funds appropriated for fiscal year 2011, and in coordination with the State of Hawaii and those offices designated under the Hawaii State Constitution as representative of the Native Hawaiian community, including the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Department of Hawaiian Home 20 Lands, and the Attorney General of the United States, examine and make recommendations to Congress no later than September 30, 2011, on developing a mechanism for the reorganization of a Native Hawaiian governing entity and recognition by the United States of the Native Hawaian governing entity as an Indian tribe within the meaning of Articles I and II of the Constitution."

December 9: Attorney General Eric Holder, and Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, jointly signed a letter to Senate leaders supporting S.3945, the version of the Akaka bill that was newly issued on November 15. The letter can be downloaded at

December 7, 2010: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights warns Senate against Inouye stealth maneuver, and reaffirms previous warning against the Akaka bill. This new letter on official stationery with handwritten signatures can be seen at
The previous letter of August 28, 2009, which was attached, was very strongly worded and included language from the Hawaiian Kingdom Constitution of 1840 proclaiming that "God has made of one blood all races of people to dwell upon this Earth in unity and blessedness." That letter on official stationery with handwritten signatures can be seen at


For Immediate Release: December 2, 2010

Ryan Patmintra (Kyl) (202) 224-2206
Jim Jeffries (Alexander) (202) 224-7154
Charles Chamberlayne (Cornyn) 202-224-0703
John Hart (Coburn) 202-228-5357

Kyl, Alexander, Cornyn, Coburn: Don’t Slip Controversial Measure Into Bill to Keep the Gov’t Open and Funded

GOP senators respond to reports that Native Hawaiian Gov’t Reorganization Act may be added to Omnibus or CR

WASHINGTON – Senators Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) today released the following statements in response to reports that the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act – legislation that would establish a new governing entity for individuals of native Hawaiian descent – may be added to an Omnibus Appropriations Bill or a Continuing Resolution, one of which must pass Congress and be signed by the president this month, or the federal government will not have the funding to operate.

“Legislation as highly complex and divisive as the native Hawaiian bill requires vigorous discussion, debate, and amendments,” Kyl said. “An attempt to include it in unrelated legislation to keep the government operating is a breach of process and is an example of what the American people are tired of – back room deals that are inserted in secret packages written behind closed doors.”

“I’m concerned by reports that a special Native Hawaiian bill, or any other controversial measure, might be quietly inserted into must-pass legislation that’s needed to keep the government open,” Alexander said. “If the Democratic majority wishes to pass legislation that would create a new, sovereign government within our borders based solely upon race, it should be brought up separately and debated openly on the Senate floor with the opportunity for amendment.”

“This November, Americans spoke and we listened,” said Cornyn. “Unfortunately, some of my Senate colleagues did not hear the resounding message that rejected secret backroom deals and controversial legislative distractions like this, which have no place in important bills that we need to pass keep our government running. I sincerely hope that Senator Reid will not slip this bill into the omnibus bill and reassess his legislative priorities to reflect the wishes of the American people.”

“Any efforts to circumvent the thorough vetting process of Congress to pass Native Hawaiian legislation is an affront to taxpayers and the U.S. Constitution,” Coburn said. “The federal government has already established a process for recognizing tribal groups. Recognizing Native Hawaiians as an Indian tribe and sovereign entity by circumventing the established process not only creates a parallel sovereign government in the State of Hawaii, but will set a dangerous precedent that could threaten the framework of our nation.”

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December 1, 2010: Akaka bill now being attached to "must-pass" legislation despite Akaka and Inouye previously deploring such a maneuver.

On November 15, 2010 (lame duck session) a new version of the Akaka bill was introduced. Here's the full text of the new version of the Akaka bill, whose bill number is S.3945

The newly introduced bill is allegedly the compromise version of the bill which was agreed to by Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle. Great caution must be exercised regarding whether this new bill is truly intended to be passed, or whether it is merely a decoy to draw attention while the more dangerous HR.2314 is actually offered for cloture on the floor or inserted as a rider or by reference in another bill. That sort of stealth decoy maneuver is what actually happened in 2005-2006. See

In September the Church of the Crossroads hosted three consecutive Sundays of lecture/discussions on the Akaka bill, moderated by Dr. Chuck Burrows of the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club. Those three events were taped by 'Olelo TV and are now being broadcast on Channel 53 (NATV) at various times.

The easiest way to see them all is on Friday November 19, Channel 53, from 12:30 to 4:00 PM. So set your video recorders.

1. Ken Conklin, opposing Akaka bill because of support for unity and equality, 66 minutes. (12:30 to 1:37; then unrelated fillers until 2:00)

2. Esther Kiaaina, supporting the Akaka bill, officially representing OHA. (2:00 to 3:00)

3. Kekuni Blaisdell and Dexter Kaiama, opposing the Akaka bill from the perspective of supporting Hawaiian independence. (3:00 to 4:00)

There are other scattered times for rebroadcasts of the three events on Wednesday and Thursday; and perhaps there will be additional showings after Friday. Check the Olelo TV listings on the 'Olelo website.


On September 28, 2010 the Office of Hawaiian Affairs released a major report alleging abusive disparate treatment of ethnic Hawaiians by the judiciary and criminal justice system. On October 4 Ken Conklin released a major rebuttal to the OHA report, analyzing both scientific and political issues. The timing of the OHA report seems intended to influence consideration of the Akaka bill during the upcoming lame duck session, both to create sympathy for ethnic Hawaiians and also to bolster demands to drop Governor Lingle's proposed amendment and to grant the new Akaka tribe immediate sovereignty including full jurisdiction over the criminal justice system. https://www.angelfire.com/big09a/DisparateTreatmentCriminal.html

Sunday September 12, 2010, Church of the Crossroads, Honolulu. Extended lecture notes with footnotes, from Ken Conklin's 60 minute presentation: Unity and Equality vs. Racial Separatism -- Why the Akaka bill is historically, legally, and morally wrong; with bad consequences for all Hawaii's people including those with native ancestry. https://www.angelfire.com/big09a/AkakaBadChurchLecture091210.html
Townhall.com and Grassroot Institute published a notice providing a link to the lecture notes and 68 minutes of video, at

August, 2010: A 68-page scholarly article in a law journal explains why the Akaka bill is likely to be overturned by the courts because it violates federal Indian policy when it tries to convert an ethnic group into a political entity despite the multiracial character of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
"Who Is Hawaiian, What Begets Federal Recognition, and How Much Blood Matters."
by Ryan William Nohea Garcia
Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2010, pp. 85-162

August 16, 2010: Akaka bill maneuvers coming up from September through December 2010

JULY and AUGUST, 2010: On July 7 it was announced that a compromise has been reached whereby the Akaka bill will be amended to accommodate Governor Lingle's objections and Lingle will write a letter to all Senators saying she now supports the bill. The text of the agreed-upon amendment was finally placed on Senator Akaka's website on August 11, and can be seen in a 60-page pdf file at

CAUTION: In 2006 there was an attempted deception in which a new version of the Akaka bill was introduced a few days before a cloture motion was filed which called the previous version to the floor, thereby attempting to mislead people to believe the newer version was what was being debated when actually it was the older version being sneaked through. Thus, it's important to keep hold of the version which passed the House as H.R.2314 and will be brought to the floor of the Senate where it will be the official version until and unless the substitution promised to Governor Lingle is made, just in case Akaka/Inouye try a similar switcheroo. It's no secret that Akaka/Inouye, OHA, and the ethnic Hawaiian establishment strongly prefer the HR2314 that passed the House and resent Lingle's interference with their plans. That version, posted on Senator Akaka's Senate website on Monday February 22, 2010, has the word "final" as part of its URL.
That "final" version has been saved on this website at
Attention now shifts to the Senate, where a Republican filibuster is expected; but it is unknown when the bill will be scheduled. It is possible the bill will wait until the lame duck sessions in November and December, when it might be attached as a rider to a massive must-pass appropriations bill.

June 11 and 13: Essay in honor of Kamehameha Day: "What Kamehameha hath joined together, let not Akaka rip asunder." Webpage on June 11 at
Hawaii Reporter online newspaper on June 13 at

May 19, 2010: Letter to editor, and new webpage, says that ethnic Hawaiians should not serve as high officials in the state or county governments because passage of the Akaka bill would create a conflict of interest for ethnic Hawaiian officials who would decide how much government money, land, and jurisdictional authority to give away to their own blood brotherhood. The detailed webpage is at


May 9, 2010: Hawaii Free Press commentary headline says "Hawaii's new political reality: Akaka Bill becomes an election issue." Excerpts: "As the Akaka Bill, S 1011, languishes before the US Senate, the Special Election Hawaii First Congressional District race marks the first time a Hawaii election has been fought between major candidates with differing views on the Akaka Bill. It is telling that the candidate who favors the bill's current version--Colleen Hanabusa--appears to be far behind. ... Rep. Neil Abercrombie crammed the new version of the Akaka Bill through the US House. He is campaigning to become the Governor who will preside over its implementation. He already shares Hanabusa's taste for shady political deals. And Abercrombie could actually become the new Colleen Hanabusa—a last place finisher--if his gubernatorial opponents took positions as clear as those of Charles Djou and Ed Case. ... In the new political reality, the Akaka Bill is a political issue and elections are fought over it. Candidates who come to grips with that reality are being rewarded at the polls." Full article is at

April 21, 2010:
Honolulu City Council resolution proposed in April 2010 to support the Akaka bill, and detailed testimony against it, and a proposed substitute resolution opposing the Akaka bill
Three 10-minute YouTube videos of the 29-minute Honolulu City Council testimony and discussion on the Akaka bill are arranged from left to right in the correct order at

March 23: Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle sends letter to all 100 U.S. Senators reaffirming her strong opposition to the current version of the Akaka bill which passed the House and which passed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. See full text of her 3-page letter here

Tuesday, February 23, 2010: A drastically amended and dangerous version of the Akaka bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 245-164, despite opposition from Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle and Attorney General Mark Bennett (who had supported all previous versions). Two amendments proposed by Republicans were defeated (they called for a vote by Hawaii's people, and for a guarantee that the tribe will not violate the 14th Amendment). A large number of commentaries opposing the bill, published in national media, and news reports, from the last two weeks of February leading up to the House vote, are collected in the "History" webpage shown immediately below. Here is the text of the bill that passed the House:
Here's how to find transcripts of the entire floor debate in the House, and the vote rollcall:
Attention now shifts to the Senate, where a Republican filibuster is expected; but it is unknown when the bill will be scheduled.


Monday February 22, 2010: Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, who has strongly supported the Akaka bill for 7 years and lobbied for it in Congress, issues a statement explaining why she opposes the "final" version of the bill to be pushed through the House this week.

Monday February 22, 2010: Five Commissioners of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights wrote a letter to Congressional leaders reaffirming the USCCR letter of August 28, 2009 opposing the Akaka bill. The new letter also opposes the secretive process being used to ram the bill through the House this month. The letter of February 22, 2010, including signatures of the 5 Commissionsers, can be seen at
The original letter from the U.S. Commission on Civil rights, on official letterhead, dated August 28, 2009, with signatures, can be seen at

February 22, 2010: GOP.gov -- The website of the Republicans in Congress
What Every Member Needs to Know About the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act

Tenth anniversary of U.S. Supreme Court decision in Rice v. Cayetano. The February 23, 2000 decision in Hawaii's most important civil rights lawsuit spurred a decade of additional civil rights lawsuits against government and private race-based programs, and prompted racial separatists to seek protection for those programs through the Hawaiian Government Reorganization bill (Akaka bill) now pending in Congress. Detailed history of the political and legal battles for civil rights in Hawaii from 1996 to 2010.

During the February Congressional recess Rep. Abercrombie drafted a new version of the Akaka bill in secret and plans to introduce it as a substitute to H.R.2314 and ram it through the House before he resigns from the House at the end of the month to run for Governor. Full text of the Abercrombie substitute was obtained from reliable sources and is at

February 18, 2010 press release by the Republican minority membership of the House Committee on Natural Resources, deploring the Akaka bill and also the process being used to ram it through.

February 2010: A bill in the Hawaii Legislature would establish gambling casinos on the Hawaiian Homelands. The existence of the bill shows that Hawaii legislators do not believe that the Akaka bill's prohibition of gambling by the Akaka tribe would actually be successful in preventing the tribe from engaging in gambling! See Hawaii Reporter, February 18:

** On January 15, 2010 there was a public forum on the Akaka bill. Pollster John Zogby gave a slide presentation of the results of his poll on the Akaka bill that was released in December, and answered questions. Results of the Zogby poll are at
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs was invited to send a spokesperson to give a speech and answer questions, but at the last minute OHA backed out. Ten-minute speeches opposing the Akaka bill were given by civil rights activist Jere Krischel and by ethnic Hawaiian sovereignty activist Leon Siu. Jere Krischel published an essay based on his speech, at
An audio podcast of the speech by Jere Krischel is at
And an audio podcast of the speech by Leon Siu is at

The following events took place during the week from Friday December 11 through Friday December 18, 2009

Hawaii Reporter article of Friday evening December 11, making known to the public for the first time that meetings of the House and Senate committees were planned to do markup and passage of the Akaka bill on December 16 and 17.

H.R.2314 as it passed the House Committee on Natural Resources on December 16, which is also the unamended version of S.1011 prior to December 17:

S.1011 amended version as it passed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on December 17:

Letter on official stationery from Governor Lingle and Attorney General Bennett to the House committee on Tuesday December 15:

During the summer of 2009 the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Native Hawaiian Bar Association, and other powerful race-based groups made it clear that they strongly objected to H.R.2314/S.1011 because it contained restrictions on the ability of the Akaka tribe to exercise sovereign powers and to bring lawsuits against the State of Hawaii and the U.S. for historical grievances.

Letter on official stationery from the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement to the House committee on December 15 justifying the powerful new language proposed for the Akaka bill:

Letter on official stationery from the Native Hawaiian Bar Association to the House committee on December 15 justifying the powerful new language proposed for the Akaka bill:

Honolulu Star-Bulletin article of December 19 reporting that Governor Lingle "was disappointed by what she called the "drastic" changes, adding that the new version "would not be something that we could support, nor could I ask the people of the state to support.""

Zogby poll conducted November, 2009 shows Hawaii's people oppose the Akaka bill and want the right to vote on it in a referendum on the generasl election ballot before it can be enacted:


History of the Akaka bill during 2009: Full text of all major news reports and commentaries about the Akaka bill:


DECEMBER 15, 2009
Published press release
Poll results including text of all questions and percentages of each response

December 15, 2009
Also available as a pdf at

November 20, 2009: Attorney Paul M. Sullivan has updated his 65-page monograph analyzing the Akaka bill, including cartoons by Daryl Cagle. "Killing Aloha" -- The 'Akaka Bill' is wrong for Native Hawaiians, wrong for the State of Hawai'i and wrong for the United States. Here's why." It can be downloaded in pdf format at

October 20, 2009: How the Obama Family Will Benefit from the Caucasian Government Reorganization Act of 2040 [sarcastic analogy]

October 11: Saint Damien, the Leprosy Colony on Molokai, Hawaiian Sovereignty, and the Akaka Bill. Sovereign monarchs of the Hawaiian Kingdom badly abused the victims of leprosy. Today Damien, the patron saint of Native Hawaiians, would not be allowed to join the Akaka tribe.

September 20: Feds to Hawaii: We did the crime, now you do the time. Two unfunded federal mandates single out Hawaii: Micronesian healthcare and Akaka bill.

September 8, 2009: Washington Times editorial entitled: Shakedown at the luau; Congress tries to carve up Hawaii

September 1, 2009: Anti-Caucasian Racial Hate Crimes in Hawaii -- Southern Poverty Law Center brings the issue to national awareness in a flawed but valuable Intelligence Report article.

August 31, 2009: Dialog: Would the Akaka bill be a win/win solution to reconcile ethnic Hawaiian grievances in a way that restores harmony among all Hawaii citizens, or would it be a zero sum game where ethnic Hawaiians take money, land, and political power at the expense of everyone else?

August 28, 2009: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights letter to Congressional leaders once again blasting the Akaka bill: calling it unconstitutional, racially divisive, setting a bad precedent, and contrary to the multiracial polity of the Hawaiian Kingdom. On official stationery signed by Commissioners.

August 21, 2009: Hawaii golden jubilee (50th anniversary of statehood) included ripping the 50th star off the U.S. flag and burning it. Congress must not pass the Akaka bill because it would empower anti-American secessionists.

Hawaii's Most Important Civil Rights Issues -- An attorney who is a member of the Hawaii State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights publishes his recommendations to the Chairman and members of the USCCR identifying the most important civil rights issues in Hawaii in 2009 and looking forward. The Akaka bill is high on the list.

Hawaii Statehood -- straightening out the history-twisters. A historical narrative defending the legitimacy of the revolution of 1893, the annexation of 1898, and the statehood vote of 1959. Debunks history lies told on the floor of the Senate by Senators Akaka, Inouye, and Dorgan, and history lies told repeatedly in the media.

Dialog: Is it possible to oppose the Akaka bill for unique reasons that do not attack the sovereignty of Indian tribes in general? The essay in the item below is placed as a response to two essays from 2007 and 2009 published in Indian Country Today.

The Akaka bill can be rejected for reasons that do not attack the legitimacy of the genuine Indian tribes.

Akaka Bill Hearing: Video of entire hearing and Written Testimony by 6 Invited Witnesses in the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources on June 11, 2009

New for June 11, 2009 (Kamehameha Day): What Kamehameha hath joined together, let not Akaka rip asunder

The Claim of Ethnic Superiority in Comprehension and Reasoning -- Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor's assertion (Latina women make better decisions than white men) was mild compared with what passes for normal in Hawaii


Three matched pairs (companion bills with identical content) of the Akaka bill are active in the 111th Congress. Their dates of introduction and bill numbers are:
(1) February 4, 2009, S.381 and H.R.862;
(2) March 25, 2009: S.708 and H.R.1711;
(3) May 7, 2009: S.1011 and H.R.2314.

Presumably the most recently introduced version (May 7, 2009) will be the active one (see item #3 below); but in 2006 there was actually a decoy bill, introduced shortly before a Senate floor fight, whose purpose was to distract attention from the bill actually being pushed. Therefore we need to exercise great caution regarding which bill is the "real" one. For a commentary about this simultaneous deployment of three versions of the bill, see:
"Akaka Bill Shell Game, May 2009 -- 3 versions are now active in both the House and Senate, but which is the real one?" at:

Here is full text of all 3 versions of the Akaka bill now formally introduced in 111th Congress:

(1) February 4, 2009 identical Senate and House bills S.381 and H.R.862

(2) March 25, 2009 identical Senate and House bills S.708 and H.R.1711

(3)May 7, 2009 identical Senate and House bills S.1011 and H.R.2314

In the Senate all versions of the bill have been referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs, where both Hawaii Senators Inouye and Akaka are members. Akaka and Inouye have both been sitting on the Indian Affairs Committee for decades, despite the fact that there are no Indian tribes in Hawaii. Inouye served for several years as Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee. Hawaii is the only state that has both of its Senators serving on that committee at the present time, and probably at any time. By sitting on the Indian Affairs Committee, Akaka and Inouye have been able to see all bills providing help to the genuine Indian tribes, and have been able to insert the words "and Native Hawaiians" into many of those bills. But since those programs are race-based, they are actually illegal except for federally recognized tribes; and some of the programs have come under court challenge. That's why the Akaka bill is needed, to make ethnic Hawaiians appear to be an Indian tribe!

In the House all versions of the bill have been referred to both the Committee on Resources (which has jurisdiction over all Indian legislation).

Open letter to President Obama regarding the Akaka bill (Hawaiian Government Reorganization bill). This letter appeals to President Obama based on his ideals expressed in his speech in Berlin (tear down the walls that separate people by race and tribe); his racial heritage and the struggle for integration vs. racial separatism; and his background as a professor of Constitutional law.

The whole concept of the bill is extremely dangerous no matter what form it takes, because it would establish a new theory of the Constitution that Congress has the power to single out any ethnic or racial group (especially if they can claim to be called "indigenous") and arbitrarily declare them to be an Indian tribe exempt from the 14th Amendment, create a government permitted to be racially exclusionary, and authorized to negotiate for money, land, and jurisdictional authority, dividing the lands and people of a State along racial lines.

The 2009 version of the bill is even more dangerous than previous versions in recent years. It is missing the restrictions and limitations on the proposed Akaka tribe which worked their way into the bill during the 8 years of President Bush's term in office, such as a prohibition on gambling casinos, a prohibition on taking land into trust to create "Indian country", and a prohibition on claims against military lands. There is no time limit for completing a global settlement of all claims. Therefore the future Akaka tribe would be able to keep demanding more and more pieces from a constantly diminishing State of Hawaii, and racial strife would continue to worsen without limit.

Akaka bill deja vu (Groundhog Day). The new Akaka bill introduced February 4, 2009 is identical to the one from 2000-2001. It strips away all protections inserted in multiple amendments since then. This webpage describes what many of those protections were and why they are important.
See also "New version of Akaka bill introduced March 25, 2009 -- multiple layers of deception" at

Audios and videos opposing the Akaka bill
A series of hard-hitting one-minute audio messages oppose the Akaka bill, accompanied by corresponding YouTube videos and transcripts. Each item focuses on one historical figure who is of major importance in Hawaiian history or culture but would not be recognized as Hawaiian according to the Akaka bill; or one aspect of the Akaka bill that is contrary to the ideals of unity, equality, and aloha. The webpage offering the audios and videos was launched in February 2009 with 10 audios and 5 accompanying videos. More will be added from time to time. Please visit

New April 18, 2009: OHA, chief pusher of the Akaka bill, takes leadership in bringing together Hawaiian secessionists and helping them with Hawaii government money. Documents on OHA letterhead invite all secessionist groups to come together for day-long meeting with OHA officials, to discuss strategy and funding of projects.

February 22, 2009
The Akaka Bill: A Cash Cow for Democrats
by Andrew Walden
Published in The American Thinker magazine




[HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN'S] EDITOR’S NOTE: The Star-Bulletin submitted several questions to presidential candidates Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Barack Obama, D-Ill. McCain’s replies were returned Aug. 15. The Obama campaign did not respond.

Q: Proponents of the Akaka Bill see the measure as overdue federal recognition of the rights of native Hawaiians to form their own government. Opponents see it as a “Balkanization” of America. Please explain your views on the bill.

A: I recognize the importance of preserving both Hawaii’s indigenous culture and its unique island culture. Hawaii is the most diverse place on earth, and I honor the extraordinary blend of races and cultures that have made the state such a special place. The Akaka Bill would compromise that special blend of peoples and cultures by creating a race-based separate nation that would differentiate treatment for the inhabitants of Hawaii based on blood type. The Hawaiian government has never been a race-based government, as a kingdom, a constitutional monarchy, a republic or a territory. I believe it would be a violation of King Kamehameha’s principles that — “All men are of one blood” — to divide Hawaii and Hawaiian families along racial lines. I believe the Akaka Bill would be bad for the economy of Hawaii, all the people of Hawaii and for indigenous Hawaiians. Dividing people by race inevitably leads to racial discrimination and conflict. I am committed to helping those of every race who need assistance, and deeply committed to federal programs that preserve Hawaiian culture and identity for the benefit of all.

On March 25, 2008 photographs were taken in the Archives of the State of Hawaii, and are now available on the internet, showing that emperors, kings, queens, princes, and presidents of 19 nations gave full-fledged diplomatic recognition to the Republic of Hawaii in late 1894. This finding discredits the apology resolution of 1993 and undermines the Akaka bill which relies on it. The worldwide family of nations never protested the revolution that overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy, and condoned it as having been legal when they gave full recognition to the successor government. The photos of the letters of recognition can be seen at
and an analysis of the impact on the Akaka bill is at

Obama vs. McCain on the Akaka Bill -- Words, Actions, Hypocrisy and Waffling

***** President George W. Bush issued a formal statement on October 22, 2007 on official stationery strongly opposing the Akaka bill and saying that his senior advisors recommend he should veto it if it reaches his desk.

** U.S. House of Representatives Republican Study Committee official statement of October 24, 2007 strongly opposes Akaka bill

George F. Will, nationally syndicated columnist, published a major commentary ripping the Akaka bill in The Washington Post and reprinted in numerous newspapers throughout America.
"Social Engineers In Paradise"
By George F. Will
The Washington Post, Thursday, November 29, 2007, Page A25
The commentary drew a large number of comments on the newspaper's blog for this article. The comments make interesting reading to see how some angry Hawaiian sovereignty zealots trash George Will and try to defend the Akaka bill, while many opponents of the Akaka bill come forward to say he told the truth. See:
In view of George Will's comments comparing the Akaka bill's racism with the racism of Hitler's treatment of Jews, and in view of comments saying that comparison is absurd, it is notable that one of the many places where George Will's article was reprinted was the Jewish World Review, whose audience knows the comparison is appropriate.

Lies told on the U.S. Senate Floor by Senators Inouye and Dorgan [during the June 7, 2006 cloture debate] Regarding the Akaka Bill https://www.angelfire.com/planet/big60/AkakaInouyeDorganLies.html

The Hawaiian Government Reorganization bill is highly controversial, unconstitutional, and dangerous to all 50 states. It would give federal recognition to a phony Indian tribe invented for the sole purpose of protecting over 160 currently-established racial entitlement programs.

WHY ALL AMERICA SHOULD OPPOSE THE HAWAIIAN RECOGNITION BILL. A short summary of the most important arguments against the bill, and a lengthy set of "footnotes" leading to webpages explaining those points.

PRICE OF APOLOGY: CLINTON, OBAMA, AND THE HAWAIIAN QUID PRO QUO (Hawaiian apology resolution, Akaka bill, Indian apology resolution, corrupt reasons why Hawaii politicos support Obama for President in return for Obama's support for Akaka bill)


Rumble in the U.S. House: History of the Akaka bill H.R.505, October 18-31, 2007. The Akaka bill passed the House on October 24, 2007. Full text of floor debate from Congressional Record; and yeas and nays from House Clerk on 4 roll-call votes. Followup news reports and commentary.

Representative Steve Kagen MD, Member of Congress from Wisconsin , recently wrote to one of his constituents after the House vote "setting the record straight" on why he voted for the Akaka bill. In doing so, the good Congressman shows that he has been misled by the fraudulent sales pitch used by the bill’s promoters. To see his letter and correction of the misstatements, please see:

Text of Senator Akaka's speech at the time of introducing the Akaka bill on January 17, 2007 INTERSPERSED WITH COLOR-CODED CORRECTIONS AND COMMENTS by Jere Krischel and Ken Conklin

Bush Administration "Strongly Opposes Passage" of the Akaka Bill -- Department of Justice letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on June 7, 2006

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights -- Official Report Opposing the Akaka bill adopted by 5-2 vote on May 5, 2006

In August and September 2005 the Hawaii Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held hearings on the Akaka bill in Honolulu. Major testimony against the bill was presented by:
Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D., at:
Roger Clegg, president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity, at
Jere Krischel, senior fellow, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, at

"Hawaiian Apartheid -- Racial Separatism and Ethnic Nationalism in the Aloha State" (a new book by Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D. 302 pages. See cover, detailed table of contents, and entire Chapter 1, plus information on how to order the book; at http://tinyurl.com/2a9fqa This book provides strong medicine against the Akaka bill, showing how the bill fits into the "big picture" of Hawaiian apartheid.

Press release and floor speech by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R, TN) opposing the Akaka bill, on January 17, 2007 (same day the bill was introduced)

Peter Kirsanow, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, published a lengthy commentary opposing the Akaka bill in National Review on January 18, 2007, entitled "Disunited States; Multiculturalism Run Amok." First sentence: "The worst piece of legislation ever analyzed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has been brought back from the dead and may be enacted in the next few weeks."

"Heritage In Focus: Hawaii: Separate but Equal?" Heritage Foundation spokesman Todd Gaziano explains why Akaka bill is bad, in a 2-minute movie placed on YouTube May 9, 2007
If link error message says tape is temporarily unavailable, then go to YouTube internal search window and enter "Akaka Heritage" to find it.

Akaka Bill Testimony Pro and Con, 110th Congress, May 2007 (plus access to 2000-2006 testimony and hundreds of major publications in opposition)

Honolulu attorney Paul M. Sullivan updated his lengthy point-by-point analysis of the Akaka bill in March 2007, including cartoons by Daryl Cagle. See:

Testimony opposing S.310 (Akaka Bill) by Ken Conklin for May 3, 2007 hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Akaka Warns: The Natives Are Restless (Schoolyard Bully Wants Your Lunch Money). Senator Akaka introduced his bill for 2007 with a speech on the Senate floor that included a warning that there will be racial trouble unless the Akaka bill is passed. This is intimidation; demanding appeasement.

Violence and threats of violence to push demands for Hawaiian sovereignty -- past, present, and future

February 12, 2007: Citizens Equal Rights Alliance publishes a special newsletter on the Akaka bill for nationwide distribution.

Akaka Bill and Ethnic Hawaiian Entitlements -- Dialog -- Jere Krischel vs. OHA Chair Haunani Apoliona and others, January 2007

OHA Racist Kau Inoa TV Commercials -- transcripts and analysis; plus background information about how the Kau Inoa program fits into strategy for the Akaka bill, and how much OHA has spent on lobbying

In U.S. Census 2000, more than 400,000 people nationwide checked the box for "Native Hawaiian." If the Hawaiian bill passes, the newly recognized "tribe" would instantly become the largest tribe in America, competing against genuine tribes for government handouts. A spreadsheet created from Census 2000 data shows 240,000 Native Hawaiians in Hawai'i, comprising about 20% of Hawai'i's population; plus 60,000 in California, plus another 100,000 scattered among the remaining 48 states. If the bill passes, giving federal recognition and special benefits to these "indigenous" people, many more people would suddenly remember that their great-great grandmother was native Hawaiian! For the population spreadsheet, see

KKK -- Klub Kanaka -- Office of Hawaiian Affairs confidential memo of June 2006 outlining OHA plans for setting up Hawaiian apartheid regime following failure of the Akaka bill

Hawaii Business Magazine, August 2007, "Is the Akaka Bill Good For Hawaii?" Pro/Con 300 word commentaries by Haunani Apoliona, Chair of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, vs. Ken Conklin, Ph.D.

Native Hawaiian Businesses Booming -- U.S. Census Bureau report issued June 2006 shows that Native Hawaiians (and other Pacific islanders) are creating new businesses at triple the rate of other ethnic groups (and they are doing so without federal recognition of an Akaka tribe).


Akaka bill yeas and nays for the cloture motion vote of June 8, 2006 (56 yea, 41 nay, 3 not voting) are displayed here:

Complete HISTORY of the Akaka bill for the 110th Congress, 2007-2008: A collection of all the important published news articles and commentaries, in chronological order (in progress, with running index)

Complete HISTORY of the Akaka bill for the 109th Congress, 2005-2006: A collection of all the important published news articles and commentaries, in chronological order (about 2,000 pages, with index):

Bush Administration "Strongly Opposes Passage" of the Akaka Bill -- Department of Justice letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on June 7, 2006

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights -- Official Report Opposing the Akaka bill adopted by 5-2 vote on May 5, 2006

Survey by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii released May 23, 2006 shows that 2/3 of Hawai'i citizens oppose the Akaka bill, and also want a question on the election ballot before Congress even considers the bill.

On May 8, 2006 Senator Lamar Alexander made a speech on the Senate floor citing the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights report on the Akaka bill, and urging fellow Senators to oppose the bill. Senator Akaka later that day went to the floor, gave a short speech in favor of the bill, and promised he would give a speech every day on the Senate floor until the bill is brought up for debate and vote. He followed through on that pledge. Opponents of the bill created a webpage to provide point-by-point fact-checking and rebuttal to each of Akaka's speeches. Please visit

Akaka Bill -- Roundup of Evidence Showing Most Hawaii People and Most Ethnic Hawaiians Oppose It

On June 22, 2005 the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee issued a 13-page report on the Akaka bill entitled: "S.147 Offends Basic American Values -- Why Congress Must Reject Race-Based Government for Native Hawaiians." The report, on official stationery, can be downloaded in pdf format here:

On July 13, 2005, U.S. Assistant Attorney General William Moschella released a letter to Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs, identifying several important objections to the Akaka bill on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Moschella's letter came only a few days before the full Senate was scheduled to debate and vote on the bill, S.147. The letter, on official stationery, can be downloaded in pdf format from:

Akaka bill hearing before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, in Washington D.C., on Tuesday July 19, 2005


Mid-July, 2005: Members of Congress send letter to House of Representatives Speaker Hastert and Majority Leader Tom Delay asking them to kill Akaka bill

Two former Senators who led the opposition to the Hawaiian apology resolution in 1993 point out that the Akaka bill cites the apology resolution several times as justification for creating a race-based government, and communal property -- something Senator Inouye assured them on the Senate floor would never happen. See Slade Gorton and Hank Brown, "E Pluribus Unum? Not in Hawaii" in Wall Street Journal online for August 16, 2005. For paid subscribers the article is at:
The article by Senators Gorton and Brown is also available free of charge as republished in Hawaii Reporter (on-line) at:

What Does the United States Owe to Native Hawaiians? Two reports commissioned by Congress contain the answers, which are directly applicable to the Akaka bill. The Morgan Report (U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, 1894, 808 pages) concluded the U.S. did not conspire with the revolutionists to overthrow the Hawaiian monarchy, and did not help them while it was underway. The Native Hawaiians Study Commission was delivered to Senate and House committees in 1983, and concluded there is no historical, legal, or moral obligation for the United States to provide race-based benefits, group rights, or political sovereignty to ethnic Hawaiians.


Akaka Bill -- OHA flier "The Time is Now" mass-mailed May-June 2006 -- Comments and Corrections

Akaka Bill Endorsements by Ethnic Spokespersons (How can anyone speak for an ethnic group? Is it wise for a spokesperson of one ethnic group to lead that group into bondage to another group?)

** Outstanding article summarizing Akaka bill issues for national audience which may be unfamiliar with them **

Trouble from Paradise: Hawaii's Divisive Racial Politics Hits the National Agenda

By Gail Heriot
Professor of Law, San Diego State University

San Diego Herald-Tribune, Sunday August 28, 2005
Published in the Sunday newspaper but not included on newspaper website.
Posted by its author on Monday August 29 on her blog at


Three articles published in the national media on Friday, July 15, 2005 just days before the U.S. Senate was scheduled to hold a debate and floor vote on the Akaka bill.

1. Bruce Fein, "New Racism in New Bottles", The Washington Times

Bruce Fein is a constitutional lawyer and international consultant with Bruce Fein and Associates and the Lichfield Group and a consultant to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.

2. Ed Meese and Todd Gaziano, "The 'Native Hawaiian' bill", Townhall

Ed Meese was the Seventy-Fifth Attorney General of the United States, serving under President Ronald Reagan. Todd Gaziano worked as an attorney in all three branches of the federal government. Meese and Gaziano now direct the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

3. Brian McNicoll, "Trouble in paradise?", Townhall

Brian McNicoll is contributing columnist for Townhall.com and a senior writer at The Heritage Foundation, a TownHall.com member group.

All three articles are available at



Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal (on-line), Monday, July 18, 2005


Volcanic Politics
Congress considers setting up a race-based government for Native Hawaiians.


Akaka Bill Scientific Survey Report July 5, 2005 -- 67% OPPOSED out of 1696 who responded when 10,000 were called -- 45% feel strongly enough to hold it against politicians who support this bill

On April 24, 2006 the Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced that it is cutting off funding for the Native Hawaiian Coalition. This is a very significant admission that even when OHA pays over a lengthy period of time for airfare and meeting space for people to come together for multiple meetings to figure out how to "build a nation", the turnout is low and the people who participate have so many disagreements that very little progress is made. This three-page letter to participants in the Native Hawaiian Coalition is on official OHA stationery.


November 28, 2005 issue of "Newsweek" contains an article linking White House chief of staff Karl Rove to Washington lobbying firm Patton Boggs and the payment of $400,000 by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to Patton Boggs to lobby for the Akaka bill. The implication is that Rove may be improperly using his influence with the President to lobby on behalf of Patton Boggs clients, including lobbying for the Akaka bill, in return for money and legal representation for himself regarding the investigation of CIA leaks involving Lewis "Scooter" Libby. The "Newsweek" article, and Ken Conklin's comments about it, are on the following webpage:


Twisting History -- Reverend Kaleo Patterson Cites 112 Year Old Joke as Fact And Launches Media Blitz -- National Day of Prayer set for April 30, 2006 to support ethnic Hawaiian economic and political causes, based on fake 1894 proclamation attributed to President Grover Cleveland



On August 2, 2005 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a racially exclusionary admissions policy at the $6 Billion Kamehameha Schools, and a huge pro-segregation political rally in support of the schools' policy followed on August 6. But while the courts are ruling against racial segregation, the Senate is scheduled to take up the racial separatist Akaka bill on September 6. Wall Street Journal editorial writer John Fund published an editorial contrasting these two situations.


WSJ.com Opinion Journal from the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page

Monday, August 8, 2005


Aloha, Apartheid

A court strikes down a race-based policy in Hawaii, while Congress considers enshrining one.


Akaka Bill Dialogs (collection of several series of published articles where supporters and opponents engage each other)


Map of Hawaiian islands showing some of the lands likely to be demanded by an Akaka tribe, where different laws would prevail and businesses might operate exempt from taxes and regulation. There are large and small land parcels, SCATTERED throughout the islands, making jurisdictional issues a nightmare. Almost every current business would eventually come under competition from untaxed and unregulated businesses located within easy driving distance.

Akaka Bill Amendment Formally Introduced in Senate by Conservative Republican Senator Brownback of Kansas on September 28, 2005 (Why did media ignore this for a week? Why did Senator Akaka not yet officially introduce his own alleged revision of Akaka bill published on his Senate website 3 weeks previously accompanied by great publicity?)

The best webpage explaining in depth what the bill says and what's wrong with it is:

The Akaka Bill And Secession: The Hawaiian Government Reorganization bill (Akaka bill) is seen by its supporters as a step toward total independence for all of Hawai'i

Akaka Bill: Replacing Democracy and Individual Rights With "Indigenous" Communal (Group) Rights

Anti-American Hawaiian activist protesters -- photos and links to explanatory webpages

Akaka Bill Heritage Foundation Symposium, Washington D.C., August 30, 2005. Complete audio/video file available for download. Speeches given by Rubellite Kawena Johnson (University of Hawaii, Professor of Hawaiian Language and Literature, and descendant of Kamehameha the Great); John Fund (Wall Street Journal editorial board member and columnist); and Larry Arnn (President of Hillsdale College); along with Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D., President, The Heritage Foundation.
Audio/video file can be downloaded here:
Detailed description of the event at:

Native Hawaiian Population To Double by 2050 -- (a) Do we want an Akaka tribe on the federal dole with a million members? (b) "Native Hawaiians" are clearly not a dying race; (c) Population bomb as a political weapon: "Native Hawaiian" activist professor urges "her people" to double in 20 years rather than 50, in order to grab majority power sooner.

Federal Recognition Denied to Two Indian Groups in Connecticut on October 12, 2005 -- Implications for the Akaka Bill


Constitutional law expert Bruce Fein published a booklet June 1, 2005 under the auspices of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii: "Hawaii Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand." Mr. Fein's essay is of special interest to scholars because of his analysis of the apology resolution of 1993 as well as the provisions of the Akaka bill. It can be downloaded in pdf format here:
Senator Kyl (R, AZ) obtained unanimous consent to print Mr. Fein's essay in the Congressional Record in three installments on three consecutive days: June 14, 15, and 16 of 2005. Each installment was introduced by brief remarks by Senator Kyl. The relevant portions of the Congressional Record are copied here:

On January 25, 2005, at the time they introduced the new Akaka bill in the Senate and House, speeches were given and entered in the Congressional Record by Senators Akaka and Inouye, and Representatives Abercrombie and Case. The full text of those speeches can be seen, along with red-pen corrections and comments by Professor Ken Conklin, at:

Some Testimony in Opposition to the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization bill in the 109th Congress (S.147 and H.R.309), including a roundup of testimony from previous years, and published articles opposing the bill.

Improving the Akaka Bill To Leave No Hawaiian Behind (proposing some serious amendments to make the bill less awful, consistent with its purpose of creating racial separatism)

Three Choices For Hawai'i's Future: Akaka Bill vs. Independence vs. Unity and Equality

Major Articles Opposing the Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill, Published in Newspapers and Magazines, year 2000 to now.

Attorney Bruce Fein, nationally recognized expert on Constitutional law, published three articles opposing the Akaka bill, between November 2004 and March 2005. The articles were entitled "The Pineapple Time Bomb"; "A Race-based Drift?"; and "E Pluribus Unum, Debating the Legality of the Akaka Bill." All three articles were entered into the Congressional Record by Senator Kyl (R. AZ) on March 17, 2005, along with Senator Kyl's own statement reaffirming his opposition to the Akaka bill. The actual pages of the Congressional Record can be seen, along with URLs for the original sources of the three articles and some closely related articles. Go to:

Akaka bill "debate": The Washington Times newspaper, series of 3 articles focusing on issues of concern nationwide, written by constitutional law attorneys and activists pro and con, published October and November 2004.

In December, 2004 the Attorney General of the State of Hawai'i, Mark J. Bennett, wrote the second of a series of four essays regarding whether the Hawaiian recognition bill is Constitutional and whether it would be good public policy. Mr. Bennett claimed the Akaka bill would be constitutional, and would give ethnic Hawaiians equality with America's other indigenous people. Mr. Bennett's essay was a response to a short letter to editor by attorney H. William Burgess and his wife Sandra Puanani Burgess. Attorney General Bennett's essay received replies from Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D.; and from Bruce Fein, a constitutional attorney and international consultant at Bruce Fein & Associates and The Lichfield Group. Thus, the four articles together read like a debate.

In July 2005 Constitutional law expert Bruce Fein challenged the Governor of the State of Hawai'i, or her Attorney General Mark Bennett, to a public debate on the Akaka bill. The actual challenge to debate, on letterhead stationery in pdf format, can be downloaded from:

Akaka Bill Public Opinion Poll of March 2005 Shows 75% Opposed; and Previous Scientific Surveys Show Akaka Bill is Lowest Priority for Ethnic Hawaiians and All Hawai'i's People

Akaka Bill Scientific Survey Report July 5, 2005 -- 67% OPPOSED out of 1696 who responded when 10,000 were called -- 45% feel strongly enough to hold it against politicians who support this bill

Testimony of Professor Rubellite Kawena Kinney Johnson (highly esteemed native Hawaiian kupuna) opposing S.147, Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization bill, delivered to U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs for hearing on March 1, 2005

Attorney Hayden Burgess, alias Poka Laenui, Hawaiian sovereignty independence activist, supports the Akaka bill as a way of getting federal money while continuing to seek Independence.

The Akaka Bill And Secession: The Hawaiian Government Reorganization bill (Akaka bill) is seen by its supporters as a step toward total independence for all of Hawai'i

Akaka bill -- would it be a unifying force for Hawai'i if it passes? The Akaka bill -- building a bridge to the Nineteenth Century.

Kamehameha vs. Akaka -- Kamehameha unified Hawai'i 200 years ago; Akaka bill's main purpose is to divide Hawai'i (includes history of Kamehameha Day holiday; lack of certainty about Kamehameha's birthdate within a range of 25 years; Battle of Nu'uanu Pali and Herb Kane's painting of it and Adair's political cartoon based on it; newspaper advertisement comparing Kamehameha's unification of a multiracial Hawai'i against divisiveness of Akaka bill)

"NATIVE HAWAIIAN" VICTIMHOOD CLAIMS -- what are they, why are they being asserted, and how can the bad statistics be explained? Advocates for race-based programs frequently justify them by asserting claims that "Native Hawaiians" have the worst statistics among all Hawai'i ethnic groups for education, income, unemployment, drug abuse, incarceration, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc. But such claims are rarely accompanied by the documentation that would allow researchers to verify them independently. Most economic and social "victimhood" statistics are probably due to the fact that "Native Hawaiians" on average are only 25 years of age -- 13 years younger than the average of other ethnic groups. Most health statistics are probably explained by the strange counting method which allocates full tally marks to "Native Hawaiian" victimhood for victims whose native blood quantum is very low -- about 3/4 of all "Native Hawaiians" each have more than 3/4 of their ancestry from Asia, Europe, or America; thus, most of their victimhood tally marks should be awarded to races other than "Native Hawaiian." See: https://www.angelfire.com/hi5/bigfiles3/victimhoodclaims.html

Citizens Equal Rights Alliance, open letter to Hawai'i Governor Linda Lingle, July 11, 2005, regarding Akaka bill

Ken Conklin -- Personal background and anecdotes showing why the Akaka bill would be harmful to the unity of Hawai'i

On March 31, 2005 U.S. Senator Dan Inouye, Rep. Neil Abercrombie, and Rep. Ed Case appeared in person before a joint meeting of two committees at the state Legislature to provide an informational briefing on the Akaka bill. Senator Akaka sent a written statement. A question-and-answer session followed. The federal delegation and state legislators agreed that it is important to "calm the waters" while the bill is being considered in Congress -- this would be a bad time for the Legislature to try to deal with controversial issues such as ceded lands. A complete transcript of the 96-minute event is available at:

One America, One Hawai'i -- Democrat Vice Presidential Candidate John Edwards' Speech at the National Convention Complaining about Two Americas and Calling for Unity and Equality in One America -- Implications for Hawai'i

Hawai'i's Fifth Column: Anti-Americanism in the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement

On October 23, 2003, the day of President Bush's visit to Honolulu, Aloha For All published a full-page advertisement in the Honolulu Advertiser on page A10 asking President Bush to "just say no" to the Akaka bill, and listing a few reasons why he should oppose it. To download a copy of that ad, click here:

On February 25, 2003 the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs held a "hearing" on the bill, known in the Senate of the 108th Congress as S.344. Only supporters of the bill were allowed to give live testimony. But written testimony in opposition was submitted. To see testimony by Honolulu attorney H. William Burgess on behalf of himself and the Aloha For All organization he heads, and also testimony by Ken Conklin, editor of this website, click here:

In 2001 the Office of Hawaiian Affairs adopted a policy decision to spend up to $9 Million on advertising and lobbying to pass this bill. In February 2003 the pace of lobbying accelerated as OHA opened a branch office in Washington D.C. and in May OHA also hired the high-profile Washington lobbying firm Patton, Boggs on a retainer of $450,000. The Native Hawaiian Recognition bill (aka Akaka bill) is pork barrel ethnic politics at its worst. The primary purpose of the bill is to protect racial entitlement programs which otherwise will be ruled unconstitutional by the courts. Hawai'i's political power structure, and wealthy ethnic Hawaiian institutions, are willing to splinter Hawai'i's rainbow because of greed for money, land, and power. See:

In Summer 2002 research was done for plaintiffs in the Arakaki2 lawsuit showing astonishing amounts of state government money spent for OHA and DHHL. These two racially exclusionary programs of the State of Hawai'i will be dismantled if the lawsuit is successful. The Akaka bill is being pushed in hopes of shielding programs like OHA and DHHL against such lawsuits. For details, see:
OHA and DHHL Cost to State of Hawai'i Treasury: $1 Billion to Date. Estimate for Next Ten Years: $2 Billion More at the Current Expenditure Rate. See Spreadsheets On This Webpage for Details.

In U.S. Census 2000, more than 400,000 people nationwide checked the box for "Native Hawaiian." If the Hawaiian bill passes, the newly recognized "tribe" would instantly become the largest tribe in America, competing against genuine tribes for government handouts. A spreadsheet created from Census 2000 data shows 240,000 Native Hawaiians in Hawai'i, comprising about 20% of Hawai'i's population; plus 60,000 in California, plus another 100,000 scattered among the remaining 48 states. If the bill passes, giving federal recognition and special benefits to these "indigenous" people, many more people would suddenly remember that their great-great grandmother was native Hawaiian! For the population spreadsheet, see

The Native Hawaiian Recognition bill seeks to pull a thoroughly integrated ethnic group out of society and create an ethnic nationalist government. The same arguments favoring an ethnic Hawaiian "nation" would also favor nationhood for Mexican-Americans, whose radical sovereignty groups MEChA and Nation of Aztlan are very active in California and the Southwest. The legal theory behind the Hawaiian recognition bill makes Hawaiian nationalism the thin edge of a knife poised to balkanize America and perhaps eventually dismember it. Hawaiian nationalism, Chicano nationalism, Black nationalism, and demands for reparations are destabilizing America. Passage of the Native Hawaiian Recognition bill would give legal and political support to all such radical movements. See:

The level of political activism for racial separatism and ethnic nationalism is increasing significantly in Hawai'i. Perhaps the primary reason for increased zealotry and radicalism is the support for the Akaka bill coming from the political establishment. To read about sovereignty fanaticism in Hawai'i, see:

On September 7, 2003 a pro-apartheid "red shirt" march by 5,000 to 10,000 ethnic Hawaiians and supporters took place in Waikiki. The purpose of the march was to protest the Arakaki2 lawsuit as well as the two Kamehameha School desegregation lawsuits, and to rally support for the Akaka bill as a way of resisting the lawsuits. See:

Another, larger red-shirt pro-apartheid march was held on September 6, 2004, and has been compared to the Nazi brown-shirt and black-shirt marches in 1930s Germany. See:

Ethnic Hawaiians are deeply divided among themselves regarding whether to support or oppose this bill. Native Hawaiian Opposition to the Native Hawaiian Recognition bill is important, and it is growing. When the people who will allegedly benefit from legislation say they don't want it, everyone should listen carefully. Public statements in opposition, and photographs of protestors, are provided. See:

Ethnic Hawaiians Refusing to Sign Up on a Racial Registry -- Only 18,000 out of 400,000 ethnic Hawaiians signed up after 17 months of intense advertising and community outreach

THE ALASKA OIL CONNECTION: The Hawaiian recognition bill is being supported by the Alaska oil industry, by the Republican delegation from Alaska, and by Alaska native corporations. The Alaska North Slope Corporation has provided large donations to the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, and financial support for the sisters Jade Danner and Robin Danner, who are leading the CHNA propaganda efforts to convince Hawaiian Homestead residents and others to support the Akaka bill for fear of losing their homes and benefit programs if they don't. Alaska oil companies and corporations clearly believe they can make huge profits in Hawai'i if the Akaka bill passes, perhaps by using the preference given to Indian tribes in bidding for federal construction and services contracts. A Native Hawaiian activist opposing the Akaka bill has published extensive details about the Alaska oil connection to the Akaka bill, is the Hawaii Island Journal of October 16-31, and in a 5-part series in "Indian Country Today" newspaper from December 2003 and January 2004. To see Ms. Kelly's articles, click here:

Other nations have suffered grievously because of laws and government policies establishing racial supremacy. See:

Fiji, with a history similar to Hawai'i, enforces Native Fijian racial supremacy over descendants of Asian sugar plantation workers through a legal system resembling what Hawaiian sovereignty activists are seeking. See:

The Native Hawaiian Recognition bill is affirmative action gone berserk. It is racial entitlement programs run amok to the point where race-based political sovereignty is demanded as a way of defending them. See:

Over 160 Hawaiian racial entitlement programs are slowly but inexorably coming under attack in the courts because they are unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment equal protection clause. There are literally Billions of dollars (yes, with a B!!) in racially exclusionary programs benefitting ethnic Hawaiians. To see a list of about 170 of these programs , and how much money was spent on each in year 2000 and a few immediately preceding years, go to:
As it turns out, both ethnic Hawaiians and the general population of Hawai'i give very low priority to so-called "native Hawaiian" issues, giving ceded land revenues to OHA, building a race-based nation, etc. Two polls recently taken by OHA and by the Honolulu Advertiser confirm that both ethnic Hawaiians and the general population give high priority to education, healthcare, housing, clean environment, and improving traffic congestion; and very low priority to "native Hawaiian issues" and ethnic nation-building. It is clear that ethnic Hawaiians, like everyone else, want government money to be spent solving real problems that affect all Hawai'i's people, and they do not support having those problems solved through race-based programs or a separate government for ethnic Hawaiians. See:
Affirmative action, especially with government-imposed quotas, is bad public policy. Racial entitlement programs are far worse -- they are unconstitutional, but widespread in Hawai'i in the areas of housing, healthcare, and education. At the extreme end of the spectrum would be a sovereign government inside the United States, recognized by the U.S., supported by billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars, whose members are required by law to have at least one ancestor of a specified race. See: Affirmative Action Gone Berserk -- Racial Entitlement Programs in Hawai'i, and the Attempt to Create a Phony Indian Tribe to Defend Them:

Here are important statements against the bill:

Congressman Sensenbrenner, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to Speaker Hastert asking that the bill either be killed or else referred to his committee for hearings because of grave concerns that it is unconstitutional.

A lengthy memo was sent by Senator Craig, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee, to all the Senators severely criticizing the bill as unconstitutional and strongly rebuking Senator Inouye's stealth tactic of burying it inside the Defense Appropriations bill. See:

On June 22, 2005 the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee issued a 13-page report on the Akaka bill entitled: "S.147 Offends Basic American Values -- Why Congress Must Reject Race-Based Government for Native Hawaiians." The report, on official stationery, can be downloaded in pdf format here:

In September, 2003 Senator Kyl (Republican, Arizona) sent a letter to his constituents explaining his reasons for opposing the Akaka bill. Complete text of that letter, and the reasons why he sent it: https://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/AkakaKylConsituentLtrSept2003.html

The lengthy memo by Senator Craig to all his fellow Senators was sent because of a stealth maneuver then underway by Senator Inouye. In December, 2001, Senator Inouye abused his power as chairman of an appropriations subcommittee to hide S.746 deep inside the huge Defense Appropriations bill in the form of a single sentence buried in section 8132. Fortunately the hidden cancer was detected in time to remove it. For details see:

Connecticut Senators Dodd and Lieberman, and Attorney General Blumenthal, oppose having more (phony) tribes recognized. Logical consequence -- defeat Akaka bill, which would make tribal recognitions easier. Connecticut Attorney General's letter to Senator Inouye describes the bad consequences of tribal recognitions for states and local communities. Hawai'i Legislators should listen to the voices of experience. See:

There have been numerous articles (and letters to editor) opposing the Native Hawaiian Recognition bill published in newspapers and magazines. Here are some of the most important articles, selected because they appeared in media of nationwide circulation or because they provide especially clear analysis. The articles include "A Bright Line on Race" editorial in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL of October 2, 2000; a commentary in THE NATIONAL REVIEW, September 6, 2001, by Roger Clegg, general counsel at the Center for Equal Opportunity; an article "Hawaiian Apartheid" was published in many venues by nationally syndicated conservative writer Michelle Malkin; "Hawaiian Sovereighty: 3 Alternatives, No Choice" by Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D.; "Akaka Bill unlikely to survive challenge" by Honolulu attorney Paul M. Sullivan; "A Race to Racism? Ascribe It To Tribe" by Honolulu attorney Paul M. Sullivan Full text of these articles, and their source citations, are available at:

People throughout the United States have good reason to oppose the Native Hawaiian Recognition bill. The letters from Congressman Sensenbrenner (Wisconsin) and Senator Craig (Idaho) are an indication of that, along with the published articles by Roger Clegg and Michelle Malkin, and the editorial in the Wall Street Journal, as mentioned above. For a detailed analysis of why this bill should be of great concern to all Americans, see:

Two resolutions passed by the Western States Sheriffs' Association in 2003 and 2004 are very important to be aware of when considering the consequences of the Akaka bill. There are serious law enforcement problems arising in local jurisdictions throughout America due to the sovereign immunity of Indian tribes. If the Akaka bill passes and the Akaka tribe gets created, jurisdictional conflicts will be far more severe in Hawai'i than in any other state. That's because the Hawaiian homelands, and lands owned by Bishop Estate (Kamehameha Schools) and other ali'i trusts, plus portions of the ceded lands, would probably become tribal lands. Indeed, most of the ceded lands could become tribal lands if the Legislature is as generous in giving away the public lands as it has been in giving away the public's money to OHA and DHHL. The Akaka tribe's lands would be scattered throughout all the islands, and located in virtually every portion of every island. Tribal businesses established on such lands, and the homes and incomes of tribal members, would be exempt from taxation , zoning regulations, labor laws, environmental laws, etc. State and county law enforcement officers would need to negotiate with tribal officials for access and authority in such areas. The situation would be especially severe if Bishop Estate decides to re-incorporate under tribal jurisdiction, making tribal businesses at Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Windward Mall, etc. exempt from state and local taxes, regulation, and jurisdiction. The following document contains copies of two resolutions passed by Western States Sheriffs' Association in 2003 and 2004 on the subject of tribal sovereign immunity abuses and local public safety impacts. The letterhead stationery shows the number of states and organizations standing behind these resolutions. See:

Here are some letters opposing the Native Hawaiian Recognition bill. Newspapers and magazines are welcome to publish them signed by the author who wrote each one; and individuals or organizations are welcome to send these letters to Congress by e-mail, fax, or hardcopy.

"Killing Aloha", a careful, lengthy point-by-point analysis of the Akaka bill by Honolulu attorney Paul M. Sullivan, updated March 2007 for S.310/H.R.505 (including political cartoons): https://www.angelfire.com/planet/bigfiles40/AkakaSullivanKA110Cong.pdf

A lengthy, heavily-footnoted essay by Honolulu attorney Patrick W. Hanifin describing the legal history of the growth of citizenship and voting rights in Hawai'i, and how the Native Hawaiian Recognition bill would reverse a 225-year-old tradition of racial and ethnic inclusiveness in the Aloha State. Printed edition available upon request. The article was published in the Hawai'i Bar Journal of 2001, Issue No. 13. The final published article in pdf form, and also a slightly different earlier version in html, are available at:

Text and Analysis of Bush Administration Actions and Statements on Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill: December 6, 2001 Dept. of Interior Markup of S.746; September 6, 2002 statement by Secretary of Interior Gail Norton

There are two major theories of what Hawaiian sovereignty or self-determination should look like. These theories and their advocates are often in conflict with each other and even within themselves. Both racial separatism and ethnic nationalism are characterized by the same underlying attitudes: hostility toward the United States and racism toward people who have no Hawaiian blood. Public statements illustrating the core attitudes are provided.

In 1993 Congress passed a resolution of sentiment commonly known in Hawai'i as the "apology bill." The resolution was passed at the request of the Hawai'i delegation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the overthrow of the monarchy in Hawai'i. The resolution gave an apology for the minor role of the U.S. in that event, using flowery language filled with factual inaccuracies. A recorded vote was taken in the Senate, but not in the House. Resolutions of sentiment usually pass unanimously, or with very little opposition. But this resolution was so outrageous that 34 Senators had the courage to take the "politically incorrect" step of voting against it. 13 of those Senators are still sitting in the Senate in 2003. They can be expected to understand why it is important to oppose the Native Hawaiian Recognition bill. For a spreadsheet showing the names and contact information for these 13 remaining members of the Honor Roll, see:

If the Akaka bill passes, it would have disastrous effects on local businesses and local communities. Some of those effects are described here:

If the Akaka bill passes, it will severely damage the democratic and constitutional rights of ethnic Hawaiians, both those who join the tribe and those who do not. See:


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