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By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says it's time to assess the Hawaiian homelands trust and to think about where it should be when the centennial of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act arrives in eight years.

She noted it's been 30 years since a federal task force addressed the topic in 1983.

Jewell spoke while delivering the keynote address at the 12th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention in Honolulu.

She acknowledged newspaper articles and editorials have called for greater Interior Department oversight of the Hawaiian homelands program.

She says she's mindful of the balance Congress struck when it vested Hawaii with the authority to safeguard homelands but retained some rights for the federal government.

Jewell says the department will work with the Hawaiian community as it develops rules for its oversight role.

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