PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA – NATIVE HAWAIIAN RECOGNITION – MAUNA KEA
Nomi Carmona shared on Stand for Mauna Kea, Saturday, Jul...
University of Hawaii Hawaiian studies professor Jonathan Osorio said the
feds shouldn’t intervene and impose additional “a...
This viewpoint reflected Inouye the legislator more than Inouye the
theologian. Inouye understood completely the rising ho...
Today we are picking up the pieces and rebuilding our nations with many
more arrows in our quiver than we would have had w...
A famous American, Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, shuffled off
his mortal coil this week. Inouye’s life is worthy of a P...
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President Barack obama mauna kea - the sacred mountain - recognition and unification - senator daniel k. inouye

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  • 1. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA – NATIVE HAWAIIAN RECOGNITION – MAUNA KEA Nomi Carmona shared on Stand for Mauna Kea, Saturday, July 4, 2015, As an American immigrant in Hawaii, I just want you to know that I cannot wildly celebrate the principle of freedom, when my government continues to oppress and illegally occupy Hawaiian Nationals. There are many like me, who support Hawaiian sovereignty, and see the United States has become a corporatocracy to the detriment of the world. It is my hope that someday we can rectify what my government has done to your government, because the quest for freedom is not over for my country or yours. #alohaʻāina #kūkiaʻimauna Chairman Robert K. Lindsey and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kamana'opono Crabbe of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs shared, “The matters raised by Mauna Kea extend beyond construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). Mauna Kea has brought together Native Hawaiian groups and people of every culture and ethnicity here in Hawaii, our Nation and across the globe.” President Barack Obama is a person of wisdom and vision. President Obama attempted to reach out to the Native Hawaiian people, his efforts were rejected. “A proposal by the Obama administration to create a new relationship with ethnic Hawaiians may have backfired. The U.S. Department of Interior is holding a series of hearings about the plan, which, it said in a statement, would determine “the best path forward for honoring the trust relationship that Congress has created specifically to benefit Native Hawaiians.” The vast majority of native Hawaiians who testified during a hearing here Monday were indignant, and even outraged, that the federal government would try to insert itself or side with any faction of native Hawaiians. They scolded, shouted at and questioned the motives of Interior Department officials. Many want the Hawaiian monarchy restored to power and the U.S. government out of Hawaii. Hawaiian activist Bumpy Kanahele, who heads the organization Nation of Hawaii, told Interior officials: “We don’t need you to come in to tell us how to govern ourselves. Let us figure it out.”
  • 2. University of Hawaii Hawaiian studies professor Jonathan Osorio said the feds shouldn’t intervene and impose additional “aggression upon our nation.” “The current effort to recognize a separate ethnic tribe by the Department of the Interior is unconstitutional because, under the Constitution, it is the Congress that has the plenary power to recognize tribes and ratify treaties. That power does not reside in the executive branch of the federal government or with the various states. So the current effort aimed at creating a tribe of Hawaiians has no legal basis.” - Former Hawaii State Attorney General Michael Lilly. “Not only is it unconstitutional, but the administration has no authority to enter into such a relationship. It is a sign of how the Obama administration believes in official discrimination and sanctions it. They continue to divide up our country and raise the walls between different races. I find it disgusting that they want to do this.”” - Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Source: Hawaii Free Press. Obama plan to benefit native Hawaiians runs into trouble. Malia Zimmerman ‖ Watchdog.org. June 25, 2014. http://watchdog.org/156202/incite-racial-disputes-hawaii/ Senator Daniel K. Inouye “Few lawmakers embody the spirit and history of the tribal college movement more than the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye. While his legendary military and legislative record are known and honored throughout Indian Country, it is essential to acknowledge his important commitment to protecting the free exercise of American Indian languages, religious ceremonies, cultural practices, and education. Inouye represented Hawaii in the U.S. Senate for five decades before his death on Dec. 17, 2012. He was 88. Inouye understood even better than some tribal communities the perilous condition of Native languages. He viewed our languages as “a miner’s canary,” meaning their death signaled the eventual death of Indian nations. For some this analogy may sound melodramatic, but for Inouye, who was a student of comparative religions, Native languages were inextricably linked to the practice of Native religions. He viewed Indian nations as linguistically unique and believed the preservation of Native languages was a necessity for their continued political survival as sovereign nations. The founders of the tribal college movement share the same belief.
  • 3. This viewpoint reflected Inouye the legislator more than Inouye the theologian. Inouye understood completely the rising hostility toward Indian Country in Congress. He recognized that the threat came not only from conservatives, but also from progressives who often performed Olympic caliber legislative calisthenics to dismiss the federal government from living up to its trust obligation. Undaunted by right-wing extremism and left-wing apathy, he set out many years ago to help deliver America’s First Peoples their long-denied spiritual freedom. He joined with other lawmakers to create significant new laws, such as the Native American Languages Act, the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and the National Museum of the American Indian Act. Inouye was one of the people who helped persuade President Bill Clinton to sign executive orders protecting sacred sites and the ceremonial use of eagle feathers. These remarkable achievements provide statutory vehicles for Indian Country to stem the tide in the loss of language and the erosion of ceremonial practices. For over four decades, Inouye deployed collegiality and diplomacy as he partnered with Indian Country to educate his congressional peers on the legitimacy and need for tribal colleges. He understood that TCUs legitimize Native languages, provide culturally based education, and instill an American Indian world view in those who attend them. Inouye believed that by establishing venues to advance the study and revitalization of Native languages and Indigenous thought, TCUs are creating a heightened form of communication both internally and with the outside world. For Inouye, the act of laying each brick and raising each building on every tribal college campus across Indian Country signaled that Native peoples were establishing their own academic canon and assuming tribal ownership of Indian education. He often stated that Indian control over Indian education was a necessary precursor to the fullest expression of sovereignty, encouraging tribes to defend their futures by defending their role in educating tribal members. Ever the champion of justice, Inouye pointed out that America had attempted to force American Indians into the same legal status as non- Natives, which seriously endangered Native languages, religions, and ceremonial practices. He recognized that tribal colleges provided a counterbalance to the near eradication of all things Indian within the American education system. Inouye maintained that America must make an investment in Native languages and cultural protection, which included tribal college funding, commensurate with its previous investment to destroy Native languages, religions, and cultural practices.
  • 4. Today we are picking up the pieces and rebuilding our nations with many more arrows in our quiver than we would have had without this United States senator who was determined to defend the languages and spirituality of Native peoples. TCUs are continuing Inouye’s work and are at the forefront of our march towards freedom— intellectually, culturally, and spiritually. The story of Indian Country’s tribal college movement is one of perseverance, resiliency, and steadfast commitment in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. It is a story of our fathers and sons, our mothers and daughters, our grandparents, our communities, and our tribes who have worked to expand Indian control and ownership over Indian education. It is a story that cannot be told without mentioning that we once had an uncle in the United States Senate who cherished tribal colleges. Senator Inouye was the last living and serving member of Congress who supported the genesis of the tribal college movement. As we mourn this profound loss let us take comfort in the guiding cardinal values of Sinte Gleska University whose president Lionel Bordeaux worked shoulder- toshoulder for 40 years with Senator Inouye: Woksape (Wisdom) Woohitika (Bravery) Wacantognaka (Generosity) Wowacintanka (Perseverance), Wahope Unglawa Sakapi Hecel Oyate ki Wolakota Gluha Tokatakiya Unya Pi Kte: Reinforcing our foundation for the people to go forward in the Lakota (Indian) way.” [Emphasis Supplied] Source: Tribal College – Journal of American Indian Higher Education Senator Daniel K. Inouye, May 15th, 2013 | By Ryan Wilson (Oglala Lakota), President of the National Alliance to Save Native Languages. James R. Holmes remembers Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii. Scholars and practitioners debate what makes a good leader, whether leaders are born or made, and what virtues a leader should possess. What no one has done is formulate a satisfactory definition of what leadership is. I prefer the older way of examining these questions — the method proffered by the Greek historian Plutarch two millennia ago. Among his many works, Plutarch compiled a series of capsule biographies of famous Greeks and Romans. By studying and comparing the lives of eminent figures of the past, readers could glimpse the traits they should emulate or shun to live well.
  • 5. A famous American, Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, shuffled off his mortal coil this week. Inouye’s life is worthy of a Plutarch. Source: The Diplomat, Daniel Inouye, R.I.P. December 19, 2012 by James R. Holmes, Professor of Strategy, Naval War College and Senior Fellow at the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. http://thediplomat.com/2012/12/daniel-inouye-r-i-p/ *** “By the study of their biographies, we receive each man as a guest into our minds, and we seem to understand their character as the result of a personal acquaintance, because we have obtained from their acts the best and most important means of forming an opinion about them. What greater pleasure could'st thou gain than this? What more valuable for the elevation of our own character?” --- Plutarch of Chaeronea. Greek philosopher, Author of biographies and moral treatises. ***

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