J.Kalani English

Sen. English 'disappointed by Akaka bill vote'

Moloka'i Island Times
Sunday, June 11, 2006

Senator J. Kalani English (D-Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i, and Kaho'olawe), today expressed his disappointment over the United States Senate's failure to bring the Akaka Bill to a floor vote. The bill, which creates a framework for Native Hawaiian self-determination, was held back from consideration by the full Senate in a 56-41 vote earlier today.

Sen. English, one of two Native Hawaiians in the Hawai'i State Senate, said, "This is a major setback - not only for Native Hawaiians, but for everyone who believes in justice for indigenous peoples. By misrepresenting its contents and its intentions, the Akaka Bill's opponents have succeeded in keeping the bill from being heard and debated by the full Senate. But Senator Akaka and his many allies have promised to reintroduce the measure -- and they deserve our enthusiastic support.

"This setback does not end our quest for justice. For Native Hawaiians, all political options remain on the table. I hope our shared disappointment over today's vote will serve to further unify Native Hawaiians and those who support them. Through scare tactics and misinformation, opponents of the Akaka Bill have dealt it a severe blow, but the effort continues. I continue to hope that the United States Congress will eventually give the measure the consideration it deserves."

Original article URL: http://www.molokaitimes.com/articles/661116111.asp

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