The Coming Debate on Federal Recognition for Native Hawaiians

The Department of Interior is embarking on a process that supporters say could eventually secure more land and resources for the native community.

·By Anita Hofschneider

What would a Native Hawaiian government look like?

No one knows. But as of Monday morning, federal officials are gathering public input on whether the United States should establish a government-to-government relationship with Hawaii’s indigenous community, starting with a hearing at the State Capitol.

It’s been more than a century since the U.S. overthrew the Hawaiian Kingdom, and many Native Hawaiians and their supporters say some kind of federal recognition is long overdue.

While some are holding out for outright sovereignty, others note there are millions of dollars in current federal

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