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Court denies appeal in case about Native Hawaiian election

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal court is dismissing an appeal in a case challenging efforts by Native Hawaiians to establish their own government.

Plaintiffs are trying to stop Native Hawaiian groups from drafting and approving documents about self-governance. They're challenging a related election because it included only Native Hawaiians, saying it's unconstitutional to hold a race-based election.

But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that the appeal was moot because the election had been canceled.

Last year, a group called Nai Aupuni tried to hold an election for 40 delegates who would draft a Native Hawaiian self-governance document. The poll was considered a major step toward self-governance. But another group sued Nai Aupuni and the U.S. Supreme Court issued an injunction in December to stop the election.

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