The Akaka Bill - Podcast

Civil Rights Practice Group

November 11, 2009

Jon M. Van Dyke, Joseph Matal, John Shu

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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?

Featuring:

  • 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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Related Links

“The Akaka Bill” by G. L. Brock, New Federal Initiatives Project, April 21, 2009
Akaka Bill Debate, Originally Speaking, September 26, 2007
“Revised Akaka Bill would help protect existing Hawaiian programs and allow pursuit of additional claims” analysis by Jon Van Dyke