Judge to rule in Native Hawaiian school case
Wednesday, August 20, 2003

A federal judge is expected to decide whether to force a Native Hawaiian school to accept a non-Native student.

Brayden Mohica-Cummings, 13, wants to attend Kamehameha Schools. He was initially allowed admission but was turned away when the school discovered he was not Native Hawaiian.

Mohica-Cummings' adoptive grandfather is Native and his mother claims her son is a true Native Hawaiian.

U.S. District Judge David Ezra is expected to rule as classes are starting this week. Other judges have struck down Native-only programs in the state, citing a 2000 decision from the Supreme Court.

Native Hawaiians are seeking federal recognition to overcome the decision.

Get the Story:
Court order due today in Kamehameha suit (The Honolulu Advertiser 8/20)
Ruling expected today on lawsuit against Kamehameha (The Honolulu Star-Bulletin 8/19)

Federal Recognition Bills:
S.344 | H.R.665

Relevant Links:
Native Hawaiian Sovereignty Site -
Native Hawaiians, Department of Interior -
Native Hawaiian Federal Recognition Site -

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