Towards the end of June the Department of the Interior made it known that they were interested in entering talks about a government-to-government relationship with Native Hawaiians similar to that of American Indians and Alaska Natives of other federally recognized tribes.
A meeting on June 23 shared the answer of “No” by Native Hawaiians with Interior officials in Honolulu.
As ICTMN recently reported, “Congress has enacted more than 150 statutes dealing specifically with the Native Hawaiian community, but the U.S. has had no formal relationship with the Native Hawaiian community since its illegal military overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893 and its backing of a U.S.-controlled ‘provisional government’ in violation of treaties and international law.”
In the video, “1893 Executive Agreements & Profound Impacts Today,” posted by the Keauhou-Kahalu’u Education Group, Dr. Keanu Sai, a political scientist, discusses the history of those agreements and their lasting impact. The video was posted almost a year ago, but seems just as relevant today with the latest discussions going on with Interior. Watch it here.