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Aiona parts ways with Lingle on Hawaiian recognition bill

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Breaking with Governor Linda Lingle today,  Lt. Governor James "Duke" Aiona says that he supports the current version of the Akaka bill. Aiona says that his  support for federal recognition of native Hawaiians as an indigenous people is as strong as ever, as is his belief in their right to self-determination.

This differs from Governor Lingle who earlier this week said that she has long backed federal recognition, but can't support the current version of the Akaka bill.

"While I share valid objections regarding the sovereign immunity bestowed upon a Native Hawaiian governing entity and the amended definition of a qualified Native Hawaiian constituent, as provided in the 2010 Akaka Bill, I believe the proper balance of state and federal laws can be fully vetted and resolved in a manner that is consistent with the best interests of all of Hawaii's citizens" said Aiona in a statement.

Aiona, says he would support the legislation it even if it is unaltered.

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