Statement of President of Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Report Out of Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

April 7, 2011

Washinton, DC – Robin Puanani Danner, President and Chief Executive Officer, of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) attended the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) hearing chaired by Chairman Daniel K Akaka.  “With the action of the SCIA, our entire state can be proud that this legislation is moving forward, leading to a day where as Hawaiians, we have the full opportunity and parity with American Indians and Alaska Natives, to take responsibility of our resources, our challenges and our solutions.

The self governance policy by the federal government is one of the most significant and successful policies taken to address America’s Native peoples.  We want to be at the table with the federal government and state governments to carry our own weight, to be proactive and a full partner in our state and homelands, and to add to the prosperity of all of the people of Hawaii.  This bill embodies that policy by acknowledging a difficult past, and forging a new future where we are no longer wards of state government, but rather our community is able to take responsible for ourselves, and engage more fully in implementing solutions.

Chairman Akaka is an expert on Native and Indian policy and law-making.  We are grateful for his leadership.”

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