Final text of Akaka bill released
Hawaii's Congessional delegation today released its final text of the Akaka bill, which it said includes clarifications addressing concerns by the state of Hawaii and members of the Native Hawaiian community.
U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka's office said the legislation was "fine-tuned in consultation between the Delegation and the White House, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Interior, and the Hawaii State Attorney General."
The changes are designed to clarify the authority and powers of a Native Hawaiian governing entity prior to negotiations with the United States while ensuring that the final bill is legally sound and consistent with U.S. policy toward indigenous people and their native governments, Akaka said in a statement.
Gov. Linda Lingle opposes the latest version of the Native Hawaiian federal recognition bill, which will be up for a vote in the U.S. House on Tuesday.
Sen. Akaka said he sought to work on Lingle's concerns but decided to move forward after they could not agree.
The final text of the Akaka bill can be seen at: