Civil Rights commissioners slam Native Hawaiian bill
Five Republican and conservative-leaning members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights sent a letter to House leaders to object to H.R.2314, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009.

The commissioners say the bill creates a "race-based" government of Native Hawaiians. "The creation of the largest tribal entity in the history of the nation – potentially 400,000 strong – is too important a step to take this lightly," the five members said.

The bill extends the policy of self-determination to Native Hawaiians. It creates a process by which a Native Hawaiian governing entity would be created and approved by the Interior Department.

The bill is due to be considered this week, according to the House majority leader.

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