Native Hawaiians' Fight for Sovereignty

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A move to mandate that native Hawaiians have the same rights of self-government as American Indians and native Alaskans is meeting resistance — on Capitol Hill and in the islands. Neal Conan and guests examine the controversy over sovereignty for native Hawaiians.


Chad Blair, political reporter for Hawaii Public Radio; has covered the Akaka Bill since its inception in 2000

Daniel Akaka, Democratic U.S. Senator from Hawaii; introduced S. 147, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005

Bill Burgess, attorney in Honolulu; opposes the bill because he feels it would establish a "race-based" nation; has argued in opposition to this and other similar cases in court

Keith Harper, attorney for the Native American Rights Fund



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