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SUBJECT: AKAKA BILL
SOURCE: CAROL BAIN - KLWV@kauai.net
POSTED: 3 SEPTEMBER 2005 - 8:00am HST
Akaka Bill Forum on Hoike TV
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Akaka Bill Forum
Aloha All League members & supporters of an informed public,
There is much interest, yet much misunderstanding about the Akaka Bill.
An Akaka Bill Forum recorded 8/23/05 will play this weekend on Kauai Hoike CH.52 on
Sat-Sun: September 3rd & 4th 6am, 1pm & 8pm
This program brings basic information, pros and cons, about the Akaka Bill to allow a more informed decision making process.
Participants on the panel supporting the Akaka Bill are:
Mark Bennett, Attorney General, State of Hawai`i
Robert Klein, Board Counsel for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Participants on the panel who oppose the Akaka Bill are:
Bruce Fein, constitutional lawyer, Grassroot Institute of Hawai`i
Kaleikoa Kaeo, spokesperson for Hui Pu¯ and NOA (Not of America)
Anne Keala Kelly, Native Hawaiian journalist and filmmaker,
Please tell others about this 90 minute program
The forum was coordinated by the LWV of Hawaii and the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs
SUBJECT: AKAKA BILL
SOURCE: NANI ROGERS ROGERSN001@hawaii.rr.com
POSTED: 15 JULY 2005 - 1:00pm HST
Stop the Akaka Bill deadline is soon!
Aloha ohana and friends,
I pray all is well with you and your ohana.
This is sent to you to make you aware of actions we are undertaking to Stop SB 147 a.k.a. the Akaka Bill and our reasons for why we have to do this.
I humbly ask that you carefully read these papers with an open heart, mind and with pure understanding. After you read them, pray on it and ask yourself if you feel in your na`au whether you agree and support. If yes, them please call me asap @ 652-1249 or e-mail back and I or someone on your island will get the declaration to you for your signature.
HUI PU POSITION POINTS
The Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act (NHGRA), a.k.a. the Akaka bill debases our sovereign heritage and our right to self determination.
Hawaiian people have never acquiesced to the illegal US backed dethroning of our Queen and occupation of our country in 1893. The bill attempts to legalize this history of illegality.
38,000 of our kupuna opposed and defeated US annexation in 1897. We must heed the legacy of our ancestors.
The Akaka bill attempts to empower the Secretary of the Interior to administer as the sovereign of the Hawaiian people. The Department of Interior has a long history of corruption and abuse of native peoples and their resources.
The Akaka bill enables the continued expansion of militarization through the federalization of our lands.
The Akaka bill contains a clause that says, “Any existing claims under Federal Law must be filed within 20 years,” After that point, all claims are silenced.
The Akaka bill will not protect Hawaiians from future race-based attacks.After holding only one public hearing on one island in which the majority of testimony was opposed, OHA continues to promote the bill as the true voice of the Hawaiian people.
We reject the Akaka bill because we refuse to sell out ourselves, our keiki, our aina and our resources.
(Editor's note: the following is the text of a petition on this issue)
HE KUKALA E HOOLE ANA E HOAHEWA ANA I KE KANAWAI HOONOHONOHO AUPUNI KANAKA MAOLI HOU
I ka mea i mahalo ia GEORGE W. BUSH, Peresidena, a me ka Aha olelo o Amerika Huipuia.
No ka mea, i waiho ia aku nei i mua o ka Aha olelo o Amerika huipuia he bila, oia ke S.147, oia hoi ke Kanawai Hoonohonoho Aupuni Kanaka Maoli Hou (NHGRA) i olelo ia, o ka Bila o Akaka, e noonoo pono ia ai, no laila, e ike ia no ia.
Eia iho no makou, ka poe nona na inoa ma lalo iho nei, he poe makaainana, a he poe noho oiwi Hawaii, na mamo hoi o na lala o ka Hui Aloh Aina o Hawaii Nei i ka MH 1897-1898, a me kekahi mau poe o keia au i aloha menemene i ua mau lala nei o ia Hui i olelo ia, a me na mamo o lakou, ke hoole aku nei me ka mana piha a me ka ikaika paakiki i ke S. 147, NHGRA, oia hoi, ka Bila o Akaka, ma na ano no a pau; oiai he hookau ia me ka manao paa i ke kulana kalaiaina ma luna o ka lahui i haawi ole aku i kona ea ma luna o Ko Hawaii Paeaina ia Amerika Huipuia.
DECLARATION REJECTING AND CONDEMNING THE NATIVE HAWAIIAN GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION ACT
To His Excellency GEORGE W. BUSH, President, and the Congress of the United States of America.
WHEREAS, there has been submitted to the Congress of the United States of America a Bill S.147, further referred to as the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (NHGRA), also known as the Akaka Bill, for imminent consideration, therefore, let it be known that:
We, the undersigned, he poe makaainana (native Hawaiian citizens) and poe noho oiwi Hawaii (residents) who are mamo (descendants) of the members of the Hawaiian Patriotic League of the Hawaiian Islands 1897-1898, and others today, who are in sympathy with the said League members and their mamo (descendants), categorically and adamantly reject and condemn S.147, NHGRA, a.k.a. the Akaka Bill in any shape or form, as it purports to legislate the political status of a people who have never yielded their sovereignty over their National lands to the United States.
Even if you do not agree, please call/email me anyway to let me know that you did get this message and read it.
DECLARATIONS REJECTING S147 READY FOR SIGNATURES
Deadline July 16th
We know that there are alot of people who oppose S147. And we know we don't have the downtown Honolulu office and big bucks to conduct a "2000 signature" campaign. But we do have our "grassroots rubber boots" style to get the word out to our people. So, let's get going. Please kokua and get our Declarations signed.
Please kokua by doing one of the following:
• Email Andre firstname.lastname@example.org and ask him to mail you a packet. He has prepaid stamped returned envelopes in the packet...or....
• Download and print the attachments above (Editor's note: no attachement is available) on your own and mail-in the signed Declarations to:
HUI PU c/o Camille Kalama P.O. Box 23343 Honolulu, HI 96823
Please email these instructions to your ohana, friends or networks. Deadline is July 16th but try to get in latest by July 18th.
Andre & Camille have done alot of work spear heading this signature campaign. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
Mahalo a nui,
SUBJECT: AKAKA BILL
SOURCE: JUAN WILSON firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 9 APRIL 2005 - 9:30am HST
The Akaka Bill Should be Rejected
by Juan Wilson on 9 April 2005
Apparently there are some who feel that the boot heel of American dominance over Hawaii is not firmly enough planted. The Akaka Bill gives Native Hawaiians the same status as Native Americans on the mainland. That means that the control over Native Hawaiian rights, resources, and lands will be administered by the US Department of the Interior. Several Hawaiian Sovereignty groups oppose the bill. However, all of our federal representatives including US Senator Inouye, Senator Akaka, Representative Abercrombie and Representative Case, along with Governor Lingle, support the bill.
US defined "Native American" status for Hawaiians will be a disaster. It certainly has been for the indigenous people of North America. Living in an illegally overthrown kingdom is better than "copping a deal" to accept racial and cultural "specialness", and granted tightly controlled rights and funds by the government.
Here are a few articles about the bill that continues to threaten the future independence of Hawaii and may entangle the support for the Akaka Bill with Arctic Wildlife Oil Drilling.
The Eight Problems With The Akaka Bill
That OHA And CNHA Don't Want You To Know About
from http://stopakaka.com/ in 2003
1) The bill makes the Department of the Interior the lead agency responsible for all policies that affect Native Hawaiian resources, rights and lands.
Did you know the Department of the Interior has been deemed an "unfit trustee" by a US federal court and its lead officials cited for contempt of court by a federal judge ? Over 40 million acres and as much as $137 billion are missing right now in Indian assets. Do you want that to happen to Hawaiian lands and money?
In the last 5 years, officials of the department have destroyed documents, disobeyed court orders, and lied to the court, repeatedly in cases that seek to account for Indian money and land for which the Department of the interior is responsible. For court papers and documentation see www.indiantrust.com
2) The bill requires the Hawaiian constitution to contain language that gives the officials of the governing entity the authority to permanently settle Hawaiians claims for reparations, reinstated independence, land, damages from the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, and all other Hawaiian claims without the approval of Hawaiian voters.
What this means is that so-called leaders of a Native Hawaiian governing entity under the Akaka bill can decide basic issues that affect you and your 'ohana directly like receiving money for damages relating to stolen land and the illegal overthrow. And, you and you 'ohana will not be allowed to say a single word about the decisions these new bureaucrats will make for you!
3) The bill installs a racial definition of "Hawaiian" where no such definition ever existed in Hawaii outside of U.S. law.
In other words, foreigners will "help" you decide who is Hawaiian and who isn't. Would you want a stranger to have the power to decide who is a member of your 'ohana and who isn't?
4) The bill defines Hawaiians living today as the descendants of pre western contact aboriginal native people rather than descendants of subjects of the kingdom of Hawaii, severely damaging Hawaiians rights to land title in the Hawaiian Islands. Federal law limits the rights of aboriginal people to the right to use and occupy land but not to own it or sell it as aboriginal people . A blanket claims settlement will end even these limited rights as it has for scores of tribes since 1970.
What this means is that Hawaiians will in effect be saying to the US federal government, "you were right to come in and overthrow our Queen.You may have all our land that you stole. We don't want them back. You know what's best for Hawaiians more than Hawaiians do. And we give up forever our right to sue the US government if it doesn't keep its word with Hawaiians."
5) The bill makes restored Hawaiian independence unlawful . Title 25 of the United States code prohibits Indian Tribes, and federally recognized Alaskans and Hawaiians by extension from being recognized as independent Nations: 25 USC chapter 3 subchapter I Sec 71: "No Indian nation or tribe within the territory of the United States shall be acknowledged or recognized as an independent nation, tribe, or power. . ."
Stop and think - can you name even one Indian tribe than received US federal recognition and then went on to become independent ? You can't because it never happened! The reason the US government wants to pass the Akaka bill is to try to stop Hawaiian rights in its tracks!
6) The bill creates a permanent political relationship in which Hawaiians are subordinate to the United States forever.
Under the Akaka bill, Hawaiians will have the legal status of wards of the US federal government. Did you know that prisoners currently incarcerated in US federal prisons are also wards of the US federal government? Do you see yourself as a criminal? Do you want to be lumped in the same legal classification with them? You will be under the Akaka bill!
7) Finally, the Akaka bill will ensure litigation in courts in the years ahead caused by a poor definition of the rights Hawaiians can expect under US federal law.
If you think lawsuits are coming fast and furious at Hawaiians now, just wait! Hawaiians will be forced to spend enormous amounts of money to defend their so-called "rights" in the Akaka bill if it passes. And guess where those suits will eventually end up? That's right, in the hands of an increasingly anti-Indian, and therefore anti-Hawaiian US Supreme Court.
8) The bill does not guarantee that Hawaiian federal entitlements will be protected
When was the last time Hawaiians trusted US bureaucrats to do the right thing for Hawaiians and the US actually did it?
Don't buy the lie that the Akaka bill is the best we can get! The US federal government is trying to contain us just like they did a century ago by saying then, "you'd better accept annexation because it's the best deal you're going to get." They were lying to Hawaiians then and they're lying now!
Did it turn out to be a good deal? Have Hawaiians gotten their nation and lands back? Let them know you know the truth!
Natives, Senators and Oil
The connection between drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Akaka Bill
by Anne Keala Kelly in 2004 for the Hawaiian Island Journal
Hours before the war in Iraq officially began on March 19th, the Boxer Amendment stripped a provision from the budget bill that would have allowed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Had the President announced the beginning of the war sooner, it's unlikely the amendment would have succeeded. Now, as debates about the value of oil intensify, it will become increasingly difficult to keep drilling out of the Refuge. After all, how can we justify risking American lives in the Middle East to secure that region's oil reserves without being willing to drill the wells dry in our own back yard?
This story is about that untapped oil at the top of the world and the surprising connection between it and the Hawaiian Federal Recognition bill, referred to as the Akaka Bill. It's a peek behind the curtain of how the politics of oil can corrupt the politics of native peoples. It shows how the Alaska oil industry has stepped into the Native Hawaiian community to secure Senator Daniel Akaka's support for drilling in the Refuge, and to convince Hawaiians to oppose the Gwich'in people.
The Gwich'in are an Alaska Native tribe fighting to keep the oil industry out of the Refuge. As a federally recognized tribe, the Gwich'in are subject to the plenary powers of Congress, which means Congress has absolute power to make determinations that directly impact their environment and food source. The United States' classification of Hawaiians and how that would affect their political future is part of the debate over the Akaka Bill, which seeks to define them, like the Gwich'in, as federally recognized "Native Americans." Among Hawaiians who oppose the bill, such a definition is viewed as an attempt to extinguish the dual political status Hawaiians have as indigenous people and citizens of an occupied, independent Nation State that was illegally annexed by the US in 1898.
Connections between what is happening with the Gwich'in people, and what may happen with Hawaiians should they choose to go the way of federal recognition, don't end with the plenary powers of Congress or Senator Akaka's vote on drilling. Hawaiians and Gwich'in actually have another critical link in common - that being how Alaska's oil industry has, via the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, influenced Hawaiian politics on the issue of the Akaka Bill. The answer to why this connects the Gwich'in struggle to keep drilling out of the Refuge with Hawaiian debates over the Akaka Bill, is discovered by examining who has power over federal dollars for Hawaiians and who is pressuring them to accept federal recognition.
Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
Three years ago, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement was organized to help non-profits that provide Hawaiian healthcare, housing, education and cultural programs apply for or keep federal funding. Robin Danner, a Native Hawaiian who, at 36, moved home to Kauai a little more than 4 years ago and led the way to assemble the Council, becoming its first President and CEO. After living 25 years in Alaska with her parents, and brothers and sisters, she brought a working knowledge of how Alaska natives have navigated the path to native corporate and non-profit federal contracts.
Once established, the Council quickly came to include nonprofit powerhouses who handle most of the millions of federal dollars earmarked for Native Hawaiians. It also includes CEOs and trustees from Native Hawaiian trusts like the Queen Lili'uokalani Trust, which has a modest portfolio that benefits Hawaiian orphans, and the billion-dollar Bishop Estates Trust, now called Kamehameha Schools. Since its inception, the Council has become part of the status quo, serving as facilitator of the prestigious Administrative Native American federal contract, which is worth $1.2 million, and directed by Robin's younger sister, Jade Danner. The Council has also received a pledge of $100,000 from Bank of Hawai'i, and other institutional support, including $100,000 from the Inupiat-owned Arctic Slope Regional Corporation.
The need for an organization like the Council became apparent in the wake of the US Supreme Court's 2000 decision in Rice vs. Cayetano, allowing non-Hawaiians to elect trustees to the state agency, Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Since then, funding and tax breaks given to Hawaiian non-profits and trusts have come under legal attack as unlawful, race-based benefits. (See "Rice on Rice," page 17 of this issue of HIJ).
Lesser- known, less well-connected Hawaiian non-profits looking for funding have joined or considered joining the Council, hoping to team up with other non-profits. But what has apparently emerged as the Council's most pressing concern is not what most Hawaiian non-profit organizers were expecting. In September 2002, the Council's 1st Annual Native Hawaiian Conference took place at the Sheraton Waikiki. With a personal visit from Senator Daniel Akaka and videotaped messages from the Hawai'i Congressional delegation that were shown daily, the gathering took the shape of a well-financed sales pitch and rallying cry for the Akaka Bill.
The Council held its second gathering in Waikiki in August 2003. This time the congressional giant himself, Senator Daniel Inouye, addressed several hundred Hawaiians in person, assuring them that there now exists a "rare demonstration of unity" between Hawai'i state, local, and federal lawmakers on the matter of federal recognition. Inouye then went on to urge Hawaiians to do the same and unite behind this bill.
The Alaska Connection
In July of 2001, more than a year before the Council hosted its first convention for Hawaiians, it held the "1st Annual Native Hawaiian-Alaska Native Summit," funded by major Hawai'i banks that hold hundreds of millions of Hawaiian trust dollars. Bank of Hawai'i, First Hawaiian Bank, American Savings Bank and others put up the money for an invitation-only gathering with the stated purpose of discussing management of native trusts, foundations and service agencies. The CEO of the Council, Robin Danner, had proven her ability to gain the cooperation of influential politicians and financial institutions in a very short time, pulling together some of the most distinguished members of Congress from both sides of the aisle.
Keynote speakers included Senators Inouye and Akaka; other speakers were then Senator, now Governor of Alaska, Frank Murkowski, Representatives Patsy Mink and Neil Abercrombie, Alaska Representative Don Young, and a videotaped message from Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. Senator Stevens, who as pro tempore is third in line to the presidency of the United States, has put his name to the Hawaiian Federal Recognition Bill, which was re-dubbed the Akaka-Stevens Bill in June of this year.
Although Hawaiians are not organized into villages and corporations like the 138 Alaska Native villages and 13 Alaska Native Corporations that comprise the Alaska Federation of Natives, the network of Hawaiian nonprofits now in the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement could be said to be a close imitation. But the Council is either intentionally or unwittingly also mimicking the federation's interest in Alaskan oil money and federal control.
The Gwich'in, The Inupiat, the Oil
Inupiat-owned Arctic Slope Regional Corporation owns five million acres of land, including the Alpine oil field, which is the 10th largest-producing oil field in America. A map of the North Slope shows that millions of acres surrounding the Refuge are dotted by oil-producing fields.
Thus far, all drilling has taken place outside of the 5% of the Arctic Coastal Plain known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which is where the Porcupine Caribou birthing grounds, sacred to the Gwich'in people, are located. It's estimated that the oil inside the Refuge will take 10 years to deliver and is only enough to sustain U.S. oil consumption for 6 months.
So, why are the state of Alaska, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, and multi-national oil corporations lobbying the Congress to grant access for drilling the Refuge? And how did drilling inside a national "Refuge" ever become an option?
Settling Native Claims
The 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, referred to as ANCSA, is considered by many organizations of indigenous peoples in and outside of the U.S. to be the worst native settlement in modern times. It is also one of the most amended Congressional Acts in the history of the United States. When oil corporations and the State of Alaska realized the substantial wealth and jobs that could be generated from drilling in Prudhoe Bay and the surrounding area, the push was on for a claims settlement. Throughout Alaska, in exchange for extinguishing native title to 90% of their lands, tribes were given what amounted to less than $3 per acre. |
In the face of the less-than-generous terms of ANCSA, the Inupiat Eskimos are among a few tribes that have been financially successful strategists. They formed the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, and it has paid off. With a rate of growth ahead of the S&P 500 index, last year's revenues through oil and other subsidiaries were about $1.5 billion. Among their many subsidiary corporations is one that maintains a contract with the U.S. to supply fuel to the military, another that provides support services for U.S. military radar systems, a company that operates a plastics manufacturer in Guadalajara, and an office in Venezuela that analyzes that country's oil industry.
But ANCSA was not attractive to all of Alaska's Native tribes, and some communities were split; there were no hearings or votes taken at the villages. Of the 8 Gwich'in villages on the U.S. side of the border, 2 villages opted out of ANCSA and maintained a traditional subsistence life and title to their lands. Like many Federally Recognized tribes, the Gwich'in have a tenuous relationship with the U.S. government.
The Inupiat, on the other hand, have a corporate relationship with the state and federal government. In 1983, Department of Interior Secretary James Watt signed a controversial land exchange with the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation that brought the total acreage of the corporation's contingent subsurface rights in the coastal plain of the Refuge to 92,000.
In spite of the stipulation prohibiting development (unless Congress opens the Refuge) the corporation has already made $39 million from speculative lease agreements with Chevron, Texaco, and British Petroleum. In fact, within five years of the 1983 land exchange, efforts were begun in earnest to open the Refuge to drilling. But the Gwich'in people, who live on the south and east border of the Refuge, have put up resistance to every proposal put before Congress and have maintained a grassroots struggle because of the threat to the Porcupine Caribou.
The Inupiat, who own the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, are a coastal people who rely mainly on marine life for their traditional foods; the Porcupine Caribou account for about 10 percent of their diet. But for the Gwich'in, who strategically established their villages along the migratory paths of the Porcupine Caribou herd during the past several thousand years, the caribou are 70 percent of their food. Faith Gemmill, spokesperson for the Gwich'in, said, "The caribou are our family. We made a commitment to protect the caribou and our way of life, and if we are not successful we will perish, too."
Other animals that birth and den in the Refuge include grizzly bears, polar bears, and many different species of birds.
The Hawaiian Connection
Before anything can be done to settle Hawaiian claims, it appears that Hawaiians must accept the moniker of being a federally recognized tribe to insure the plenary powers of the U.S. Congress over them as a people. One section of the Akaka Bill allows for a "Hawaiian governing entity" to enter into negotiations with the federal government to settle Native Hawaiian land claims, as was done to/with the Alaska Natives. Plans for a settlement are already being put forth by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, who together with another state agency, Department of Hawaiian Homelands and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement appear eager to set themselves up as representatives of the Hawaiian people. But the Council has the power at this point because they can lobby for the legislation freely. Whereas, despite the numerous trips Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees have made to D.C. to lobby for the bill, state agencies must at least appear to represent the interests of all residents of Hawai'i.
The motivation for financial support from the Inupiat-owned Arctic Slope Regional Corporation to the Council, though, has come into focus due to a business arrangement between a company called Danner and Associates and an Alaska non-profit group called Arctic Power. Arctic Power is funded by the state of Alaska, oil industry corporations, including Exxon Mobil, and unions with interests in Alaska's oil industry, including the Teamsters. The relationship between Danner and Associates and Arctic Power dates back at least to February 2002.
When asked about her role in Danner and Associates, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement CEO, Robin Danner, described it as one of several Danner family initiatives. She then declined a telephone or in-person interview, and stated in an email: "I don't have an ownership interest in it [Danner and Associates], I don't manage it, I've never been paid by it, I've never done any work for it - I can't really tell you much more than that."
A request for an interview with Jade Danner yielded a phone call asking to have questions emailed to her. Question: Are you or have you ever been a paid lobbyist for Arctic Power or any Alaska corporation, specifically with interests in oil development? Answer: "I've never been a 'lobbyist,' paid or unpaid, for Arctic Power or any other Alaska corporation with an interest in oil development. Two years ago, I was contracted by Arctic Power for six weeks to assist the Inupiat people in their efforts to set the record straight and educate the Hawaii public about their position in the ANWR debate…."
Less than two years ago, in March 2002, Jade Danner wrote a letter to the editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, in response to an op-ed written by Charles Burrows. Burrows, a retired Kamehameha Schools teacher and President of Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi, a cultural/environmental group on Oahu, criticized Senator Akaka's support for drilling in the Refuge. Akaka has been asked repeatedly about his position on drilling since his visit to Alaska to meet with the Inupiat Eskimoes in 1995, a trip that he credits with changing his vote in favor of drilling. Burrows and others have publicly asked the senator why he hasn't taken the time to visit the Gwich'in to hear their side of the issue, a question that has consistently gone unanswered.
Jade Danner's criticism of Burrows' editorial invoked the kind of rhetoric that confuses native politics with oil politics, lauding Senator Akaka's support for the Inupiat as support for native "self-determination." Public records indicate, however, that she was being paid for writing such letters as part of a contractual agreement with Arctic Power.
State of Alaska public records include a copy of an Arctic Power contract signed by Jade Danner on 2/15/02, with no date of termination. It is an agreement to pay Danner and Associates "A flat monthly fee of $5000 for services." Included in the "Scope of Work" section of the contract is: "Development of a Strategic Plan in conjunction with Arctic Power for Hawaii; Monitor and respond to opposing editorials/stories in local news media; Provide periodic updates to Arctic Power about activities and progress in Hawaii; Communicate with Hawaii's Senators' staff to determine how to be most effective in assisting with educating the Hawaiian populace about the facts of ANWR; other projects as may be assigned by Arctic Power," and more.
Staff members from the offices of both Senators Inouye and Akaka say they have no knowledge of Jade Danner being paid to represent drilling in the Refuge. Paul Cardus, Senator Akaka's press secretary said, "No one was aware of her role as a lobbyist, no one met with her to discuss ANWR." He continued, "Jade Danner never met with or spoke to the Senator."
Yet, payment from Arctic Power to Danner and Associates, for deflecting criticism from within the Hawaiian community about Senator Akaka's support for drilling, suggests that the senator's staff is aware of the business arrangement between Danner and Associates and the Alaska oil industry, via Arctic Power.
A Danner & Associates ANWR Activity Log lists eight activities undertaken on behalf of Arctic Power. Number seven reads: ". . .Worked to defeat local attempts to use Hawaiian forums as an avenue to pass resolutions opposing Senator Akaka's position on ANWR. Provide appropriate follow-up in communicating action to Senator Akaka's office." One such "Hawaiian forum" was the November 2002 Hawaiian Civic Club Convention, wherein Robin Danner successfully argued against a resolution to support the subsistence rights of the Gwich'in people. She also used the lexicon of native sovereignty struggle, telling the attendees that the matter of drilling in the Refuge is a matter of self-determination for the Inupiat.
With regard to Robin Danner's connection to Arctic Power, when asked if she has ever been financially compensated for efforts done by her on behalf of drilling in the Refuge, through her position as CEO of the Council, she responded, "The answer is clearly no, I have not done any lobbying through CNHA." But in her position with the Council, she billed Arctic Power directly, using a Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement reimbursement request form, for her own travel expenses to attend a Teamster's Convention in Honolulu. Using such a form suggests Arctic Power is well aware of her position at the Council and apparently willing to accept a request for payment with the Council's letterhead on it.
If any of that money was reimbursed directly to the Council, that means Alaska oil lobbying money went into the Council's bank account. If the travel expenses were not reimbursed to the Council, then Robin Danner used Council money to represent Arctic Power at the Teamsters Convention.
When asked about this, she explained the Council's reimbursement form as a matter of reverse invoicing for airline coupons, saying that they were "used to attend a regional conference of the Teamsters . . . I was invited to speak at their conference, accepted and did so. Jade did not attend, she did not accompany me, she was not invited."
The Danner and Associates ANWR Activity Log contradicts this and her earlier comment about never having done work for Danner and Associates. Among the activities on the log are: "Prepare and deliver speech to the Teamsters with Presentation of Bowhead Ear Drum to Senator Daniel Akaka… Provide appropriate feedback to Senator Akaka's Office and Arctic Power." The activity log, along with the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement request for travel reimbursement that was signed by Robin Danner on 2/27/02, became part of a $7500 Danner and Associates invoice submitted to Arctic Power in March of 2002, and eventually made its way into Alaska's public records.
Beyond the uncertainties of Hawaiian political identity there remain questions about power and political process. If Alaska's oil industry can reach into the Hawaiian community and make its will known, what other influence does it have in determining the future of the Hawaiian people?
As it stands, two politically powerful Hawaiians, with ties to Alaska oil money and two U.S. Senators, have garnered tremendous support for the Hawaiian Federal Recognition Bill and inspired a dearth of support for the Gwich'in and their efforts to keep drilling out of the Refuge. Their economic dealings shine an embarrassing light on the political relationship between the Hawaiian people and Hawaii's Congressional delegation, and chilling similarities between Hawaiians and Alaska Natives.
If Federal Recognition can lead to Hawaiians relinquishing claims to any part of Hawai'i, they could end up in a situation like that between the Inupiat and the Gwich'in: corporate natives versus cultural natives. Right now, the acreage of Hawaiian Homestead land, which is part of the nearly 2 million acres of "Crown and Government land" renamed "ceded lands" when the United States took control, is virtually the same amount of land the Alaska Natives ended up with after their settlement: just 10% of what was once all theirs.
Law professor advises Hawaiians against Akaka Bill
by Harry Eager on 1 January 2005 in the The Maui News
The Akaka Bill is a trick to swindle Native Hawaiians out of any recourse to international support, University of Illinois professor Francis Boyle told a crowd of about 50 Mauians Wednesday night. His talk at the Kahului Community Center was sponsored by the Nation of Hawaii with financial support from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
During the question period afterward, it became clear that adherents of at least three sovereignty groups were represented in the audience – Nation of Hawai’i, Reinstated Hawaiian Government and Akahi Nui’s Kingdom of Hawai’i.
“The kanaka maoli must build and restore the Kingdom of Hawaii from the ground up,” Boyle said.
“They’re trying to reduce and eliminate all your claims under international law.”
However, he also said that until the many sovereignty groups can unite “to establish a viable, effective government,” no credible plaintiff will have standing to petition the International Court of Justice.
“The problem is, what we need now is a government of national unity.”
Boyle has worked with Keanu Sai, the chairman of the Council of Regency and acting minister of the interior of the Hawaiian Kingdom Government, to attempt to get the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the joint resolution annexing Hawaii in 1898.
The court decided they lacked standing, because the United States does not recognize the Kingdom of Hawaii.
Boyle is a professor of international law at the University of Illinois. He is the legal representative of the Republic of Chechnya and founder and head of a group trying to impeach President Bush for an attempt to “impose a police state and a military dictatorship” on the United States.
Although he was born, raised, educated and is employed in the United States, Boyle has taken citizenship in Ireland.
He has been advising sovereignty activists in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for 20 years and in Hawaii since 1993, when he lectured for the Hawaiian Sovereignty Advisory Commission, advising that the Revolution of 1893 and the annexation of the Republic of Hawaii in 1898 were contrary to international law and existing treaties and never had any validity.
He described the leaders of the overthrow of the kingdom as “a gang of cutthroats, killers, murderers and thieves.” Therefore, he advised, “The Kingdom of Hawaii still exists as an international state.”
He said the Akaka Bill was written by members of the Federalist Society, which has four former members on the U.S. Supreme Court that voted not to accept the Hawaiian Kingdom Government’s suit.
He described the Federalist Society as “haole right-wing racists and bigots.”
“They’re not going to give you a government,” he said.
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