Despite the fact that Hawaii was seized illegally by the American proponents of manifest destiny, I agree with Mr. Casey that Hawaii is now a state and it's pretty clear there is no mechanism for secession from the union.
I was born and raised among native Hawaiians, and the pain of disenfranchisement has had a devasting effect upon its people to this day. Yet there is no going back, neither for the native Manhattans of New York or for native Hawaiians.
What is possible, however, is specific programs, lands and areas where some type of native sovereignty can exist within the larger framework of a democratic state. This will not be an easy task.
But to do less is a grave injustice not worthy of great tenets upons which this great country was founded.
Apr 12 2008 - 5:33am