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Federal Recognition
Amendments in the works for Native Hawaiian bill


An agreement has been reached on amendments to the Native Hawaiian recognition bill, Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R) said.

Lingle said the Bush administration agreed to four "policy" changes that will clear the bill for a Senate vote. The changes include language that bars the Bureau of Indian Affairs from acquiring trust lands for Native Hawaiians and from approving gaming on Hawaiian lands.

Another amendment states that recognition of a Native Hawaiian entity doesn't authorize claims against the United States. The Department of Defense is set to propose language affecting 'military readiness."

The bill is expected to come up for a vote once the Senate goes back to work after the Labor Day weekend in September.

Get the Story:
Proposed Akaka Bill changes get federal OK, Lingle says (The Honolulu Star-Bulletin 8/25)

School Admission Policy Decision:
Doe v. Kamehameha Schools (August 2, 2005)

Rice v. Cayetano Election Rights Decision:
Syllabus | Opinion | Concurrence Dissent (Stevens) | Dissent (Ginsburg)

Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill:
Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 (S.147)

Relevant Links:
Kamehameha Schools - http://www.ksbe.edu
Native Hawaiian Sovereignty Site - http://www.hawaii-nation.org
Native Hawaiian Federal Recognition Site - http://www.nativehawaiians.com

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