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Poll: Majority Support Federal Recognition of Hawaiians

(KHNL) - An overwhelming majority of Hawaii residents support federal recognition of Native Hawaiians as an indigenous people similar to the status given American Indians and Native Alaskans.

According to a poll conducted by Ward Research for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, 70% of residents surveyed favored the Akaka Bill, while nearly two-thirds believe the issue of race should not be a reason to deny federal recogniton to Hawaiians.

"Clearly, the poll demonstrates that those who challenge the Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act do not speak for the majority of Hawaii residents, who believe that what is good for the indigenous population, Native Hawaiians, is good for all of Hawaii," said OHA Board of Trustees Chair Haunani Apoliona.

The poll was conducted via telephone from August 15 to 27 among a representative sampling of 380 residents statewide.


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