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Eagle Forum Alert
June 6, 2006

UPDATE: The Senate rejected the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (S. 147) by defeating a cloture motion 56-41 (Roll Call vote 165). Sixty votes were needed to agree to cloture and proceed to a final vote on the bill.
Say No To Race-Based Governments
Tell Your Senators to Vote No on the Akaka Bill!

It is round two of the Senate's ploy to pass S. 3064, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2006. 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. 3064

  • 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."

  • It is unconstitutional for Congress to create a tribe. To create a race-based government is discrimination. The 14th Amendment states, "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States."

  • 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 74 percent of Hawaiians reject racial preferences. In a state where inter-marriage is prevalent, no active, clearly defined "native community" is pressing for 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 this week!

Take Action

Call your Senators and tell them to vote NO to S. 3064, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act.

Capitol Switchboard: (202)-224-3121

Target Senators: Allen (VA), Brownback (KS), Chafee (RI), Cochran (MS), Collins (ME), Domenici (NM), Graham (SC), Grassley (IA), Hatch (UT), Nelson (NE), Snowe (ME), Specter (PA), Warner (VA)

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