An interesting news item crossed my desk this AM. Apparently the Congress is pushing a bill that would create a separate race-based government for native Hawaiians, similar to that of an Indian tribe. Pres Obama has promised to sign the bill if it comes to him.

This troubles me on many levels. First, doing anything “based on race” is racist. The only way we’re going to get past racial issues in this country is to stop obsessing about them. I was sure Obama was supposed to be post racial or something, but it seems he and his people like to push the race card all the time. Second, living where I do in Northern New Mexico, surrounded by no less than 5 different Native Nations, and having taught on “The Rez” I have seen firsthand the failure of tribal governments and the Federal government where their people and tax monies are concerned. Third, how does this bring people together? It doesn’t. This will undermine state and local governments in Hawaii and add a new layer of government and corruption to an already over govererned nation and will pit Anglo against Hawaiian. Finally, it sets a dangerous precedent. What group will want their own nation next? I’m of English, Scottish, German, and Danish descent. If we get enough of those people together can we get our own nation too?

If I remember correctly the refrain states, “One nation, under God, with Liberty and Justice for all”. Creating a separate government for native Hawaiians certainly will not further this end.


  • Troy La Mana

    The Rez’s with the casinos are doing quite well….

    • East of Eden

      Actually they are not Troy. Here where I live there are 7 casinos with in an hour drive (as you must drive anywhere to get somewhere in New Mexico) of our home. One casino in partcular is on the road north of Santa Fe, was paid off in a year of its opening and has been making nothing but proft for the last 10 years. If you go across the highway and on to the pueblo (The Rez) for this tribe, most of the memmbers live in abject poverty, substandard housing consisting of adobe homes, old delapiated traliers and this particular pueblo has not had a high school graduate in over 5 years. And in many places there is no electricity, or any sort of “modern” infrstructure. The members of the pueblos for the most part do not get a direct check from the casino revenues. The tribal leaders, “invest” it for them. Ironically the one pueblo that does not have a casino, and whose members have also eshewed all government assistance is better off than its neighbor.

  • Charlotte

    I, too, wondered when I heard about this what they were thinking. Obviously the reservations we have now haven’t helped better the lives of those living on them. Why create even more?

  • Troy La Mana

    If I remember correctly Hawaii almost did secede a few years ago. Native Hawaiians don’t really like us on their island anyway.

    • East of Eden

      They might not like us, but they seem to like the perks of “being American”. I bet none of them would give up the dollar (as trashed as it is), the protection of the US etc, etc, etc.

      You can’t have it both ways. You’re either all American suject to all the laws of the state in which you live and the Federal laws, or you’re not.

  • Liz

    How much Hawaiian do you have to have in you to lead the new nation? Do you have to get papers to make sure you qualify? So many questions.

    • East of Eden

      Very good questions Liz and worth considering as well! Thanks for the input!

  • Alaina

    If there is a need for a separate government, let them secede. Otherwise, they can follow our laws. Yes, I feel the exact same way about the Indians.

  • dw

    Eden, the quote, “One nation…” is from the Pledge of Allegiance, which is no longer acceptable for one to recite.

    But, I agree – the idea of a separate government for Hawaiians is ridiculous. And, why stop there? Why have any Country at all? I’m a native Oregonian (born there). Why should there be an Federal law over me? (rhetorical question, I understand the need and value of a **LIMITED** Federal government).

    • East of Eden

      HA! Only if you live in the 9th Circut :P