Letter to the Hawaiian delegation supporting the Native Hawaiian Recognition Act
April 27, 2007
Dear Senator Akaka, Senator Inouye, Representative Abercrombie, and Representative Hirono:
On behalf of the National Education Association's (NEA) 3.2 million members, we would like to express our support for the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (S. 310/H.R 505).
NEA's Legislative Program, adopted by the more than 8,500 delegates at our annual Representative Assembly, expresses the Association's support for "recognition of the Native Hawaiians as an indigenous people who have a special relationship with the United States and a right to self-determination under the federal law." Therefore, we support S. 310 and H.R. 505.
The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act would meet the standard called for in the NEA Legislative Program by establishing a procedure through which a Native Hawaiian governing entity could achieve federal recognition if it chooses to do so. This recognition would extend the policy of self-governance and self determination currently extended to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
NEA supports the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act. We thank you for your leadership on this issue.
Diane Shust, Director of Government Relations
Randall Moody, Manager of Federal Advocacy