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Sen. Schatz Speaks Out Against Housing Act That Would Exclude Native Hawaiians

Posted June 13, 2017, 04:31 PM HST
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Sen. Brian Schatz. Courtesy photo.

U.S. Sen.Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, spoke out today against efforts to exclude Native Hawaiians from the Bringing Useful Initiatives for Indian Land Development (BUILD) Act of 2017, legislation that would reauthorize funding for native housing programs.

“By leaving out Native Hawaiians, this bill is an attack on my state and my people,” Sen. Schatz said before the Indian Affairs Committee. “It dishonors the legacies of Dan Inouye and Danny Akaka. And it threatens the future work of this committee. I strongly urge this committee to preserve the good work of this committee and the spirit of bipartisanship by changing course and including Native Hawaiians going forward.”

In his remarks, Sen. Schatz underscored the broad bipartisan support for including Native Hawaiians in similar legislation in the past and reiterated his commitment to ensuring Native Hawaiian housing programs continue to receive federal funds.

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Ann T. Beck Thank you Senator.June 13, 2017 05:25pm
Sean Hanohano Thank you senator Brian SchatzJune 13, 2017 05:33pm
James Man So Hawaiians are native Americans nowJune 13, 2017 06:14pm
Byron Matthews People don't improve their lives from government programs. In America, we build our own dream.June 13, 2017 07:47pm
Jimmy Garrison Brian Schatz's people!June 13, 2017 08:08pm
Curtis Jerf Kurokawa Agreed, but now that you've burned your bridges you expect favors from those you critically condemned,,,, Hmmm I think not, not for the next four years any way...And how about starting here at Home and the Shameful condition of OHA for one example...The State has no Land can you guys understand that truth !!!!! Not one house built for Hawaiians in the year of 2016 !?!?! Hey enlarge your Vision and build A+++ Condos, where you can house hundreds or more in them... Instead of leaving Hawaiians on waiting list and hoping they'll die before getting a house...Sad, and evil is the situation today!!!!!June 13, 2017 08:26pm
Ric E Reed Yep teach them to fish .....June 13, 2017 08:49pm
Kayana Toler We may as well be. Same shit happening to us just in a slightly different way.June 14, 2017 05:09am
Dave Kawika Anderson Maybe Hawaii should have thought about that before they told the federal government to piss off eh?June 14, 2017 06:30am
Dehrich Isuwiq Chya You mean like trump? Who inherited all his wealth? He sure did build himself from the bottom up gee willikersJune 14, 2017 09:17am
Byron Matthews Dehrich, the point in life is not where you start, it's what you do with what you have.June 14, 2017 09:57am
Jim Gordon We got Indian lands here? How about adding Indians to OHA?June 14, 2017 10:05am
Jim Gordon I believe Schatz is he past tense of #2.June 14, 2017 10:08am
Joseph Kaahema Simpliciano The democrat heavy politicians decided to do that I believe I have seen a lot of politicians in hawaii stand against their president on more than one occasion.June 14, 2017 11:55am
Brian Naeole We always will be kanaka maoliJune 14, 2017 01:24pm
Donna Blevins Willard I am A hawaiian who is very happy he spoke out agnaist it! We are not native Americans and we should not want to take monies set aside for native Americans. We should get our act together and go get what is ours. Stop waiting around for American handouts, because really allnthey are doing is handing us a sliver of what is being made off Of what is really ours. It doesn't mean we can't maintain a relationship it means we need to handle our resources ourselves. And remember no matter How messed up OHA is they are not a Hawaiian institution. They are a state of Hawaii agency that has never been allowed to do What needs to be done. We are not Americans and Hawaii is not an American possession.June 15, 2017 07:01am
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