Imua Hawaii Board President on Supreme Court Ruling

While the U.S. Supreme Court has issued an injunction on the Na‘i Aupuni Hawaiian self-governance election, this has no bearing on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s proposed rule for a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian people.

Kealii Lopez, Imua Hawaii Board President

Kealii Lopez, Imua Hawaii Board President

It is important that we not confuse these two separate issues. The proposed DOI rule would give Native Hawaiians a seat at the table so our voice has power.

Imua Hawaii urges support of the U.S. DOI proposed federal rule that would help resolve long-standing disparities in federal policy.

The period to comment on the U.S. DOI’s proposed rule closes on December 30, 2015.

The high court’s injunction on the Na‘i Aupuni Hawaiian election points up the need for federal recognition for Hawaiians that would be part of the proposed rule. Being at that table is critical for our people, and Hawaii as a whole.

Our community has the opportunity to review the proposed rule and provide our mana‘o, but the clock is ticking. Please visit www.imuahawaii.org for instructions for providing comment, and background on what this option means for our people.

These proposed rules and the opportunity for federal recognition are the one viable option available to Native Hawaiians today. Let’s imua: toward federal recognition, toward self-governance, toward justice.

Imua Hawaii is a consortium of leadership from Hawaiian organizations and the larger Hawaiian community committed to a more empowered future for our people in our island home.

Kealii Lopez, Imua Hawaii Board President

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