Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has three major goals with regard to the so-called Akaka Bill (S. 147; H 309). They are:
1. Education of the Hawaii public with regard to the Akaka bill. This includes debate, discussion and the beginnings of common understanding of what the end results would be should the bill pass. Government funded supporters of the bill have carefully avoided any discussion of consequences, preferring to address purposes.
2. Education of the US public and their elected representatives on the long-term precedents that would result for all states with the Akaka bill’s passage and implementation.
3. Demanding a vote of all the people of Hawaii before any establishment of a separate government in Hawaii could be put into effect. The current provisions of the bill actually impose such a government on Hawaii by national fiat which, to us, amounts to standing democracy on its head.
Thus, in the strict sense of the word, we are not against the Akaka bill. We are instead against a poorly informed public, perpetuated by government funding and the imposition of major legislation on a state without a vote of its people.
Hawaii by the way voted for statehood in 1959. The vote was 94% in favor. The Akaka bill is of at least equivalent importance to the state of Hawaii. With the above in mind, outlined below are major contributions to our education efforts. Let the sun shine in dark places.
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The May 2006 Survey
Press Release on Survey Results
Client Segment Results
Segment by Segment Breakdown
The Survey Questions
Listen to the Questions (mp3)
U.S. House Districts, County by County, State Senate and House District Akaka Bill Survey Results
Information and Studies
GRIH Blog: "The Akaka Bill: The Mystery of Hawaiian History"
A Divided Aloha State:
The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2007 (The Akaka Bill) by Tom McAuliffe, July
2008 (Policy Brief #1001, 84 KB)
Senator Jon Kyl's pre-cloture vote speech
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Report (May 31, 2006)
Native Hawaiians Study Commission Report (June 23, 1983)
The Morgan Report (February 26, 1894)
Abramoff Implications of the Akaka bill
Kamehameha United Us All
How about some Sunshine on the Akaka Bill
Inouye stumbles over the Akaka Bill
Coastal Hawaii's Comprehensive Site on the Akaka Bill
Citizens Equal Rights Alliance
Map of Lands on the Table under the Akaka Bill
2005 Survey: The Survey Questions | The Survey Results | Hawaii Press Release | National Press Release
OHA Trustee Opposes Vote by Hawaii's People on Akaka Bill
Akaka Bill Extends the Federal Policy of Self-Governance and Self-Determination to Hawaii's Indigenous Peoples
Akaka Bill Should Be Opposed by U.S. Senate
Text of the Akaka Bill
Native Hawaiian Government - A Dangerous Experiment
Is Legalized Gambling Driving the Akaka Bill
Can Congress Create a Race Based Government
Democracy is Upside Down
U.S. Dept. of Justice on the Akaka Bill
Senator Outlines Concerns on the Akaka Bill
Why Congress Must Reject Race-Based Gov. for Native Hawaiians
Bruce Fein's Response to Attorney General Mark Bennett
Open Season on America
U.S. Representatives Letter to House Leader
John Fund on Hawaii Statehood Day and the Akaka Bill
Hawaii Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand
The Native Hawaiian Bill
Betrayed in the Senate
Audio Highlights of Akaka Bill Debate
Questions and Answers about the Akaka bill
Taking Issue with the Race-Based Direction of the Akaka Bill
A Hawaiian Punch to E Pluribus Unum
Attorney General Fails People of Hawaii on Akaka Bill Issue
The Real Akaka Bill Bias
The "Native Hawaiian" Bill
A comprehensive website on the Akaka Bill
Section by Section Analysis
Why All America Should Oppose the Akaka Bill
Gov. Lobbies Senate
Dunce of the Week
Making a Difference
Grassroot is a "Player"