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  The Akaka Bill 11-11-09 - MP3
Running Time: 00:41:43

The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009, or the Akaka Bill, would authorize a process that would extend federal recognition to ethnic Hawaiians as a Native American tribe. This would arguably allow ethnic Hawaiians to establish their own form of government and possess land.  Does the Constitution allow for the formation of such a government?  Although no native Hawaiian form of government was ever present or demanded when the islands became a state, does Congress have the authority to create one now?


  • Prof. Jon Van Dyke, University of Hawaii School of Law
  • Mr. Joseph Matal, Counsel to Senator Jeff Sessions, Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Moderator: Mr. John Shu, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

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