Senator Akaka Staff Meet with Native Hawaiian Leaders

The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement was able to share its five priorities with members of Senator Daniel Akaka’s staff recently.

Akaka, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, was in Hawaii by extension of Loretta Tuell, staff director and other members to meet with Hawaiian leaders about their concerns and issues.

“It’s truly great to have Ms. Tuell and Chairman Akaka’s staff visit with so many different Hawaiian organizations in his home land,” said Robin Puanani Danner, President of the CNHA.

“Our national policy priorities are not only indicative of what is important in the Hawaiian Islands, but also across Indian country and Alaska. As native peoples, no matter where our homelands are in the 50 states, we know what our challenges are, and we also know what the solutions are. It’s great to have a chairman with staff leadership that connects with those that know best—our people on the ground We aim to join forces on areas such as renewable energy, innovation, education, business growth and federal self determination policies that strengthen consultation with Native leaders, including Hawaiian non-governmental organizations.”

CNHA’s five priorities were outlined as:

1. Enactment of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, as passed by the SCIA in 2010. And an amendment to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, formally recognizing homestead governing organizations as described in act 302.

2. Move jurisdiction of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act from the senate energy committee to SCIA where all other native issues are overseen.

3. Reauthorize the Native Hawaiian Education and Housing Acts, each needing congressional reauthorization.

4. Ensure the implementation of administrative rules on the HHCA and Hawaiian Home Lands Recovery Act by the Obama Administration.

5. Sponsor legislation to advance Substantially Underserved Trust Areas, job creation, SBA 8(a) business growth and infrastructure investments.


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