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House Proceeding 02-23-10 on Feb 23rd, 2010 :: 1:04:55 to 1:11:30
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Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:04:52 to 1:05:12( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: to destroy a nation tn to divide its people by race and cord them different rights and different governments based upon their race. that's exactly what this bill does. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from west virginia.

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:04:55 to 1:11:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:05:13 to 1:05:33( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: mr. rahall: i'm pleased to yield to the gentleman from american samoa -- samoa, five minutes. mr. faleomavaega: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. faleomavaega: i ask that the entire extent of my remarks

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:05:34 to 1:05:54( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: be made part of the text. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. faleomavaega: i rise in support of the nate every hawaiiian government reorganization act of 2009 this confirms the special political status for continuing a government-to-government relationship. i want to thank chairman rahall

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:05:55 to 1:06:17( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: and the members of the natural resources committee for their support. i especially want to thank and recognize my good friend and colleague, the gentleman from the state of hawaii, mr. abercrombie for his leadership and tireless efforts in bringing this legislation to the floor for consideration. for some 20 years, i've had the privilege and honor of working

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:06:18 to 1:06:38( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: closely with mr. abercrombie on legislation that benefited not only my constituent bus the great state of hawaii. i also want to thank my colleague and my dear friend ms. hi hi roe noah and other members for co-sponsoring this important legislation. mr. speaker, the legislation before us is very important for

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:07:00 to 1:07:21( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: united states and the people of the hawaiiian islands are a distinctively native community and for many years existed as a sovereign entity from 1826 until 1893, the united states government recognized the kingdom of hawaii as a sovereign and independent nation.

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:07:26 to 1:07:46( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: . a governing trade, commerce and navigation in the years, 1826, 1842, 1849, 1875, 1877 and yes, even our government, the united states of america was party to

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:07:47 to 1:08:07( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: these treaties with the sovereign kingdom of hawaii. u.s. missionaries and sugar planters, aided by an unauthorized and use of military forces overthrew the svereign kingdom of hawaii which was ruled by the queen.

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:08:08 to 1:08:29( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: in 1993, congress reafffirmed such a travesty when they passed a joint resolution to acknowledge and apologize on behalf of the united states for the illegal and unlawful overthrow of the hawaiian kingdom and for the deprivation of the rights and privileges of

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:08:30 to 1:08:51( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: the indigenous native hawaiians. the status was never properly addressed by the united states congress and it is within congress' constitutional authority to do so. the supreme court determined that the american indians of the lower 48 states are an indigenous people. in fact, recognition of the

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:08:52 to 1:09:13( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: native skeans as indigenous people demonstrates this constitutional authority. and even the u.s. supreme court authority has recognized this constitutional authority and has accepted a broader interpretation allowing congress to recognize indigenous groups, even those who are culturally distinct from the narrow concept

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:09:41 to 1:10:01( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: native hawaiians are indigenous. and it is unfortunate that even today, the status of 400,000 native hawaiians have yet to be afforded the same recognition as our first americans. mr. speaker, over the years, the treatment of indigenous native

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:10:02 to 1:10:22( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: hawaiians has been piecemeal at best. there are over 150 laws that have been passedby the congress related to the social, educational, economic and cultural needs of the indigenous native hawaiian. this sets the framework for the establishment of a relationship betweethe united states and

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:10:44 to 1:11:06( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: before us today will continue the long but necssary road towards full recognition by the congress of the right of the indigenous native hawaiians. the underlying issue is not about the -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. faleomavaega: ask for one minute.

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:11:07 to 1:11:27( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: mr. faleomavaega: this bill is going to establish a process, giving the native hawaiians the staple status we have done for the american indians and native alaskans. nothing to do with race. giving proper recognition and also as a moral imperative on e part of our government, give proper recognition to the native hawaiians.

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:11:28 to 1:11:31( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: they deserve this. they aren't begging for anything.

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