|September 27, 2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|WASHINGTON, D.C.—Native Hawaiian Bill Passes House|
| Congressman Faleomavaega
is pleased to announce that the Native Hawaiian bill passed the House last
night by voice vote.
“This is a historic moment for Native Hawaiians,” Congressman Faleomavaega said. “By passing this legislation, the United States House of Representatives has made it clear that it duly recognizes, accepts and acknowledges that Native Hawaiians are a sovereign people with the inherent right to establish a government-to-government relationship with both the state of Hawaii and the federal government.
“Should the U.S. Senate adopt this legislation and forward it to the President, it is expected that the President would enact the bill into law. Both Senator Akaka and Senator Inouye are hopeful that this measure will be presented for unanimous consent to the Senate before it adjourns,” Congressman Faleomavaega said.
Congressman Faleomavaega also noted that he fully believes that this
legislation is the correct route for Native Hawaiians to establish and
pursue a government-to-government relationship with the United States.
“I fully support Senator Akaka’s efforts to empower Native Hawaiians and
I extend my deepest appreciation to Congressman Neil Abercrombie for his
tremendous efforts and commitment to this process. I also want to
thank Chairman Don Young and Senior Democrat George Miller of the House
Committee on Resources for their support of this bill.”
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