Today, the Department of the Interior released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding "Procedures for Reestablishing a Government-to-Government Relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community." The purpose of this ANPRM is to solicit public comments on whether and how the Department of the Interior should take administrative action regarding Native Hawaiian government recognition. The Hawaii delegation issued the following statement on the ANPRM. This statement is from Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Senator Brian Schatz, Representative Colleen Hanabusa, and Representative Tulsi Gabbard.
"We applaud the Administration's commitment to an open dialogue, starting with listening sessions in Hawaii to provide ample opportunity for Native Hawaiians and the general public to contribute their comments and concerns. This notice represents an historic opportunity to address years of injustice and marks a positive step forward in the push for Native Hawaiian self-determination."