Native Hawaiians' Inherent Right to Self-Government-In Support of the Akaka Bill

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”’Tex Hall, the president of the National Congress of American Indians, presented the following Testimony on S. 147, Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act on March 2, 2005, to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs”’

Dosha! Good afternoon Chairman McCain, Vice-Chairman Dorgan, and members of the
Committee. My name is Tex Hall, and I am the President of the National Congress of
American Indians and Chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North
Dakota. NCAI is the oldest and largest tribal government organization in the United
States, and remains dedicated to protecting tribal self-government, treaty rights and the
federal trust relationship.


On behalf of NCAI, thank you for this opportunity to testify in support of S. 147, the
Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act. Representatives from NCAI first
offered testimony in support of this legislation in 2000. NCAI