Dynamic Homes
Advertise:   ads@blueearthmarketing.com   712.224.5420

Federal Recognition
Debate on Native Hawaiian bill delayed in Senate


Indianz.Com Listening Lounge, House Hearing on Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act, July 19, 2005
Note: All files in MP3 format.
Intro - 12:37 - 2.16MB

Panel I - 29:29 - 5.06MB | Q&A - 24:54 - 4.27MB

Witness List
A bill to recognize a Native Hawaiian governing entity has been put on hold by two Republican senators, including John Ensign of Nevada.

The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 was to be debated this week and put to a vote. But Ensign raised concerns about language prohibiting gaming on Native Hawaiian lands.

"We want to make sure the language is sufficient," a spokesperson told the Associated Press. The other senator who place a hold has not been identified.

The delay came as the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing on the bill. The committee doesn't have jurisdiction over the issue but called witnesses to debate the legality of recognizing Native Hawaiians in a manner similar to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

State attorney general Mark Bennett defended the bill, which was supported by Democrats at the hearing. But the other three witnesses said it was illegal and violated the Constitution because it "creates" a government based solely on race.

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), the subcommittee chairman, also said the bill might be unconstitutional.

Get the Story:
Akaka and Lingle hope to remove �holds� on bill (The Honolulu Star-Bulletin 7/20)
'A matter of justice and fairness' (The Honolulu Advertiser 7/20)

Related Stories:
House, Senate hearings on housing, land dispute (7/18)
Native Hawaiian bill set for vote on Senate floor (7/18)
Opinion: Native Hawaiian bill sets bad precedent (7/18)
Commentary: Bill creates 'race-based' government (07/07)
Novak: Native Hawaiian bill creates new 'Indians' (7/5)
Column: Bill creates 'tribe' of Native Hawaiians (6/23)
High court won't take on Native Hawaiian recognition (06/14)
Panel approves Native Hawaiian, NAGPRA changes (03/10)
Native Hawaiian recognition bill gets another shot (02/22)
Native Hawaiian recognition bill introduced again (01/27)
McCain won't block Hawaiian recognition bill (01/14)
McCain opposes Native Hawaiian recognition bill (1/6)
Appeals court leaves Hawaiian recognition to Congress (11/02)
Bush investigating Native Hawaiian scholarships (03/17)
Hawaii senators consider deal on recognition bill (2/25)
Norton continues to question Native Hawaiian bill (2/23)
Native Hawaiian programs survive big court test (01/16)
Norton worried about 'pitfalls' for Native Hawaiians (01/13)
Alaska-Hawaii ties stir controversy among Natives (12/01)
Judge strikes down one Native Hawaiian lawsuit (11/21)
Lawsuits challenging Native Hawaiians benefits resume (11/12)
Legal threats galvanize Native Hawaiian community (09/15)
Native Hawaiians in limbo as courts open up programs (09/04)
Native Hawaiian recognition stalled in Congress (09/01)
Judge to rule in Native Hawaiian school case (08/20)
Native Hawaiians fight for federal recognition (07/21)
Student denied entry into Hawaiian school sues (06/30)
DOJ objected to Native Hawaiian legislation (06/06)
Native Hawaiians denied party status in suit (04/01)
Native Hawaiian office established in D.C. (02/27)
Opinion: Oppose Native Hawaiian bill (2/21)
Court affirms Native Hawaiian ruling (01/06)
Native Hawaiians press sovereignty (10/14)
U.S. dismissed from Native Hawaiian case (09/04)
Inouye: Native Hawaiian bill won't pass (8/8)
Native Hawaiian bill supported (7/16)
Native Hawaiians intervene in lawsuit (7/12)
Judge won't halt Hawaiian funding (3/14)
Native Hawaiian trust challenged (3/6)
Native Hawaiian bill on Senate agenda (7/20)
Federal judge blocks Army training (7/19)
Native Hawaiian lawsuit dismissed (7/13)
Shift in Senate means changes for Indian Country (5/25)
Senate confirms Olson as Solicitor General (5/25)
Native Hawaiian lands threatened (5/24)
A first for Native Hawaiians (4/5)
Indian Law and the Supreme Court (12/11)
OHA survives elections (11/14)
Final Hawaiian report released (10/24)
Native Hawaiian bill passes House (9/27)
Hawaiian affairs still controversial (9/13)
US recommends Hawaiian sovereignty (8/24)
Non-Natives win battle in suit (8/17)
Where are the Dems on tribes? (8/16)
March raises sovereignty awareness (8/14)
The GOP 2000 Platform on Native Americans (8/1)
Group challenges Hawaii (7/7)
Hawaiians march for sovereignty (7/5)