Ceded Lands Protest at State Capitol

b1 & b2, and videos submitted on YouTube by Pono of the Dec. 26, 2008 protest. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIAz1uW77-c&feature=related[/youtube] Protesting thie administration’s appeal to the Supreme Court over the issue of “ceded” lands has to be one of the larger issues facing Native Hawaiians today. What is at risk here is at the core Native Hawaiian entitlements, and no matter where one stands on the Akaka bill, this is an issue that can severely impact the future of not only Native Hawaiians, but the residents of Hawaii. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka03n1Imdao[/youtube] Kyle Kajuhiro, representing AFSC, is right to bring up the point that the other ethnic groups in Hawaii will be affected by this appeal– should the Supreme Court rule in favor of the administration– and it is important for all of us to engage in this issue by calling for the administration to withdraw the appeal. The Hawaiian Independence Alliance (HIA Press Release), a group comprised of several Hawaiian groups have stated in their press release that protesters are linking the economic recession to the states attempt to sell ceded land as a means to make up for an over two billion dollar deficit. ¬†Although not a position I agree with (see here for my views), I think that the suspicion of an ulterior agenda is manifest in this decision.]]>

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