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Eagle Forum Alert
Sept. 1, 2005

Tell Your Senators to Vote No on the Akaka Bill!

The Senate is trying to pull a fast one next week by slipping in a vote on S. 147, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005. This bill creates a Hawaiian race-based government by establishing a Native Hawaiian "tribe" that can accept or reject any part of the Constitution as it sees fit. Urgent action is needed.

What You Will Not Hear About S. 147

  • To become part of the "tribe," wherever located, one must only prove direct lineage of an aboriginal Hawaiian. Senator Jon Kyl stated, "Congress should not be in the business of creating governments for racial groups that are living in an integrated, largely assimilated society…If Congress can create a government base on blood alone, then the Constitution's commitment to equality under the law means very little."

  • Citizens in all 50 states will be Balkanized: different laws enforced for different races within the same community. The Supreme Court in Rice v. Cayetano stated, "One of the reasons race is treated as a forbidden classification is that it demeans the dignity and worth of a person to be judged by ancestry instead of by his or her own merit and essential qualities."

    In a recent poll, approximately 82 percent of Hawaiians reject racial preferences. In a state where inter-marriage is prevalent, no active, clearly defined "native community" is pressing for independence.

    This is a big step toward Hawaiian secession which Sen. Akaka does not deny. The Native Hawaiian government will not be subject to the jurisdiction of the American courts. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Web site states: "The Native Hawaiian people may exercise their right to self-determination by selecting another form of government including free association or total independence."

If passed, there is no turning back. This bill will create a sovereign entity which could negotiate treaties with other nations, establish its own theocracy, and ignore the Bill of Rights! The Senate must reject this racist bill.

The Senate will vote on September 6!

Take Action

Call your Senators and tell them to vote NO to S. 147,
the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act.

Call your Senators today!

Capitol Switchboard: (202)-224-3121

TARGET MEMBERS: Alexander, Allen, Bennett, Bingaman, Bunning, Burns, Burr, Coleman, Craig, Domenici, Frist, Graham, Grassley, Harkin, Hatch, Martinez, McCain, McConnell, Murkowski, Smith, Talent, Thomas, Warner

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