Since illegal annexation in 1898, the federal and state governments have cheated and neglected the native Hawaiian people.
In 1993, the U.S. Congress passed, and President Clinton signed into law, the “Apology Bill” (U.S. Public Law 103-150). This admission of crime states in part, “the native Hawaiians have never lost their inherent sovereignty nor their national home base.”
We should demand justice for Kanaka Maoli. We support the following:
- Protecting sacred and culturally significant sites.
- Efforts to nurture native Hawaiian culture.
- Kanaka maoli leadership and guardianship in protecting gathering rights, and lobbying the legislature to safeguard these rights without interference.
- Return of, or fair compensation for, ceded lands.
- Immediate distribution of Hawaiian Homelands, with government funds allocated for the necessary infrastructure.
- Prohibition of future sale or diminishments of the Ceded Land Trust.
- A call for open dialogue among all residents of Hawai’i on the sovereignty option of full independence.
- Hawaiian sovereignty in a form that is fair to both native Hawaiians and other residents of Hawai’i.
We should acknowledge and actively endorse the inherent and absolute right of indigenous nations to self-determination, and thereby call upon the U.S. government to reverse its opposition to enactment of the proposed United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in its entirety.
Sources: Green Party