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Lawsuit, divisiveness hamper Native Hawaiian election effort

HONOLULU (AP) - A group of Native Hawaiians are organizing an election to create a national government for the first time since the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom.

They are trying to elect delegates for a convention next year to hash out a governing document that will go back to the Native Hawaiian community for ratification.

But their plan is already facing resistance - from Native Hawaiians themselves.

A federal judge on Tuesday will consider an injunction motion in a lawsuit that argues that it's unconstitutional to restrict voting to those with Native Hawaiian ancestry and that the state is improperly involved in the process.

Native Hawaiians are the last remaining indigenous group in the U.S. that hasn't been allowed to establish its own government.

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