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AKAKA BILL HEARING SET FOR AUGUST 6

July 30, 2009, 3:55 PM HST
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The Akaka Bill is scheduled for a committee hearing next week.  The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hear the bill otherwise referred to as the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act on Thursday, August 6, 2009.

U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka during a recent visit to Maui. Photo by Wendy Osher.

U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka during a recent visit to Maui. Photo by Wendy Osher.

The bill’s namesake, U.S.Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) said, “With the 50th anniversary of statehood less than a month away, we are reminded of our sacred trust relationship with the indigenous people of Hawaii that today remains unfulfilled.”

“Both Congress and the people of Hawaii have recognized our responsibility to help Native Hawaiians perpetuate their culture and traditions.  Thursday’s hearing will be an important next step forward towards providing Native Hawaiians parity with the other indigenous people of the United States,” said Akaka.

The hearing is scheduled to be heard in room 268 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, immediately following a standard committee business meeting which begins at 2:15 p.m.  The Committee is chaired by Senator Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota).

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More information about the hearing will be posted on the committee’s website:  http://indian.senate.gov/

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(Posted by Wendy Osher)

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