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House Proceeding 02-23-10 on Feb 23rd, 2010 :: 0:52:00 to 0:59:25
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Mazie Hirono

0:51:46 to 0:52:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: this moment to yield six months to the gentlelady from hawaii, who has been instrumental as well in passing this legislation, bringing it to the point that we are now experiencing, ms. hirono. .

Mazie Hirono

0:52:00 to 0:59:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mazie Hirono

Mazie Hirono

0:52:08 to 0:52:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: i yield her six minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for six minutes. ms. hirono: i rise in strong support of the native hawaiiian government reorganization act this bill will finally enable

Mazie Hirono

0:52:29 to 0:52:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: native hawaiiians to embark on their long-awaited process of achieving self-determination. i'd like to thank chairman rahall for his leadership and general support of this important bi and i want to recognize and thank my friend, congressman aber christmas bee, the bill's chief -- abercrombie, the bill's chief

Mazie Hirono

0:52:52 to 0:53:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: sponsor for his years of dedicated service to our state and our country. it's fitting that one of his last legislative actions before he leave this is body will be on the native hawaiiian government reorganization act, an issue we both care deeply

Mazie Hirono

0:53:35 to 0:53:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: obctively at our history, learn from it, and when possible to make amends. h.r. 2314 has been more than 10 years in the making and it's been a deliberative and open legislative process. there have been 12 congressional hearings on this bill, five of which were held in hawaii. it's been marked up by committees in both chambers.

Mazie Hirono

0:53:56 to 0:54:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: the house has passed this bill twice in 2000 and again in 2007. we have a bill now that is constitutional and one that the house should again pass. the goals and purposes of this bill are consistent with the history of the native hawaiiian people and the record of united states involvement in hawaii. the bill is also consistent with the over 160 existing

Mazie Hirono

0:54:18 to 0:54:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: federal laws tha promote the welfare of the native hawaiiian people by, among other things, helping them preserve their culture and return to their lands. building on that history, h.r. 2314 will formalize the special political and legal relationship between the united states and the native hawaiiians by providing a process through which the

Mazie Hirono

0:54:39 to 0:55:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: native hawaiiian community can reorganize its governing entity within this relationship. the kingdom of hawaii was overthrown in 1893. hawaii's last monarch was deposed by an armed group of businessmen and sugar planters who were american by birth or heritage with the critical support of the u.s. troops.

Mazie Hirono

0:55:01 to 0:55:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: the queen agreed to relinquish her throne under protest to avoid blood shed. she believed the united states, with which hawaii had diplomatic relations, would do the right thing and restore her to the throne. it's important to note that the sovereign nation of hawaii had treaties with otherations besides the united states, including great britain,

Mazie Hirono

0:55:23 to 0:55:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: france, germany, italy, japan and russia. as we now know, despite the objections of president grover cleveland, the injustice of an overthrow of an independent, sovereign nation was allowed to stand and the republic of hawaii was created.

Mazie Hirono

0:55:47 to 0:56:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: prior to annexation, a cigna chur drive obtained signatures of native hawaiiians, inhad 29,000 signatures out of a population of 40,000. the native hawaiiian population mbered between a conservative estimate of 300,000 to as many as one million native

Mazie Hirono

0:56:08 to 0:56:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: hawaiiians. the siege of native hawaiiian culture continued after annexation. the republic of hawaii prohibited the use of the hawaiiian language in schools. everyday use of the hawaiiian language diminished greatly. hula dancing which had been

Mazie Hirono

0:56:30 to 0:56:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: suppressed by the missionaries, then restored by the king who preeded our -- preceded our final queen, survived but did not flourish. one of our first delegate's co-congress was the passage of

Mazie Hirono

0:56:52 to 0:57:13( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: the act of 1920 which set aside some 200,000 acres of land for native hawaiiians. the reason for this legislation was the landless status of so many hawaiiians displaced by newcomers to the islands and became the most disadvantaged population in their native land.

Mazie Hirono

0:57:14 to 0:57:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: congress passed the hawaiiian homes act in recognition of its responsibility toward native hawaiiians. as with other indigenous people, their views were different from the newcomers, resulting in the loss of much of the land that had been traditionally occupied and cultivated by newcomers.

Mazie Hirono

0:57:37 to 0:57:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: hawaii became a state in 1959. beginning in the late 1960's and early 1970's, a hawaiiian rediscovery began this cultural resauns was inspired by hula masters who helped bring back

Mazie Hirono

0:57:58 to 0:58:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: the ancient art and political leaders who sought to protect hawaii's sacred places and natural beauty this flourishing of hawaiiian culture was not met with fear in hawaii but with joy and celebration and an increased connection with each other. people of all ethnicities in hawaii respect and honor the native hawaiiian culture.

Mazie Hirono

0:58:19 to 0:58:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: the idea of self-determination by native hawaiiians is regarded as just because we understand hawaii's history and the importan of our host culture. may i have another minute? mr. rahall: i yield the gentlelady another minute. the speaker pro tempore: the

Mazie Hirono

0:58:40 to 0:59:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: gentlelady is recognized. ms. hirono it's -- ms. hirono: it's established that the constitution grants authority to congress. the authority over indian affairs is to prescribe the

Mazie Hirono

0:59:01 to 0:59:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: process by which aboriginal tribes organize or reorganize for the purposes of carrying out a government-to-government relationship with the united states. the hawaii state motto translates to the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.

Mazie Hirono

0:59:24 to 0:59:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: native hawaiiians, like the

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