Issue of ceded lands comes to the fore in Hawaii

Please read article, cited after the quote. Articles open in a new window.

HONOLULU (AP) – The future of land covering nearly a third of the Hawaiian Islands will be at stake Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments about state authority over 1.2 million acres (490,000 hectares) once held by the Hawaiian monarchy.

But lurking in the background are at least two other elements that may help determine how much political and economic power Native Hawaiians will enjoy in coming years.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, a Hawaii Democrat, is pressing a measure aimed at creating a governing entity for Native Hawaiians. That body would negotiate with federal and state officials over compensation for the illegal 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: