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The Sushi Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 11:43 AM
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Part of Akaka bill wins final passage in D.C.

Native Hawaiians concerned about nurturing U.S. support for Hawaiian programs are taking heart after the passage yesterday of legislation to create a federal office for maintaining those ties.

The creation of the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations is also the first part of the long-stalled "Akaka bill" albeit the least controversial element to head for the president's signature.

"I look upon this as an important step in passing the later bill," said U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawai'i, referring to the measure bearing his name that would give Native Hawaiians federal recognition as a political body. "It'll give (the Akaka bill) a higher profile in the Congress and help with educating people about the bill."

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