Akaka Introducing New Version of Akaka Bill Later This Afternoon

I am writing you to let you know that later today, I will be introducing a new version of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009, also known as the Akaka Bill, to address concerns regarding gambling.  As a member of my email `ohana, you are receiving this information before it is released to the general public.

My bill is not about gambling, it’s about providing federal recognition for Native Hawaiians, similar to the government-to-government relationship provided to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Despite the fact that all forms of gambling are illegal in Hawaii and the Native Hawaiian Government will be subject to all state and federal laws, we have heard concerns that the bill could allow such activity. In an effort to clarify that the intent of the bill is not to legalize gambling, we are reintroducing the bill with specific language prohibiting gaming.

For the latest news from my office, please visit my website which is updated daily. And please know that I always appreciate hearing your concerns and comments regarding the issues that face our state and our nation. Please contact me by clicking here.

Aloha pumehana,

U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka

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