Akaka Bill backers vow to plod on as foes cheer

By Leila Fujimori

POSTED: 01:30 a.m., Dec 25, 2010

Opponents of the Akaka Bill were happy the measure died when the Senate adjourned this week, but supporters remain hopeful Congress will eventually pass a measure that grants federal recognition for native Hawaiians.

“It’s in the trash can where it deserves to be,” said longtime opponent Bill Burgess.

“Now it looks like there’s a good probability that it won’t come back to haunt us for several years, if ever,” he said, referring to the shift to a Republican-controlled Congress.

The bill died after failing to be heard on the Senate floor, despite having passed the House of Representatives and being favorably received by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Contributed by Star Advertiser, Leila Fujimori

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