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Monday, October 31, 2011
Similarities Between Strategy to Approve Bay Mills Land Claim and Native Hawaiians' Attempt to Restore Sovereignty
The Common Interest in Both Schemes is
Detroit Gambling Promoter Michael Malik
Detroit Gambling Promoter
Michael J. Malik, Sr.
Blogger’s Note: Does this cram-it-into-an-appropriations-bill strategy not in the Hawaii Free Press story highlighted below sound familiar? Recall when lobbyists and operatives for Detroit gambling promoter Michael Malik attempted to get approvals of the Bay Mills Indian Community Land Claims Settlement crammed into an Appropriations Bill? or the Transportation Omnibus? Those attempts were ultimately intended to get approvals needed to pave the way for Malik’s Bay Mills Indian casino in Port Huron (MI).
Consider this... Malik has attempted to establish gambling (a casino) in Hawaii for the better part of a decade. He’s not been able to get legislative or voter approval despite major efforts in 2001 and 2010-11. But recently he’s been spotted palling around on Long Island (NY) with former Hawaii Governor John Waihee.
Waihee was the first Governor of Hawaii to be of Hawaiian ancestry and he was the person who appointed then-Rep. Akaka to fill the U.S. Senate seat that had been held by Spark Matsunaga, making Akaka the first person of Native Hawaiian ancestry to serve in the Senate.
While Waihee has been an opponent of gaming in Hawaii, for the better part of his life, he’s been a ring leader in the movement to restore Hawaiian Sovereignty. Should Native Hawaiians be Federally Recognized, Malik might be able to get his Waikiki casino – in the same way he hopes to build, manage and operate a Long Island casino using a bargain he struck with the Shinnecock Indian Nation. And should Waihee, who’s had personal financial challenges in recent years and who was embroiled in the Bishop Trust scandals detailed in “Broken Trusts, ” be personally enriched through a Native casino in Hawaii, it would be a grand slam for the former Governor.
WASHINGTON – Senators Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) today released the following statements in response to reports that the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act – legislation that would establish a new governing entity for individuals of native Hawaiian descent – may be added to an Omnibus Appropriations Bill or a Continuing Resolution, one of which must pass Congress and be signed by the president this month, or the federal government will not have the funding to operate.
“Legislation as highly complex and divisive as the native Hawaiian bill requires vigorous discussion, debate, and amendments,” Kyl said. “An attempt to include it in unrelated legislation to keep the government operating is a breach of process and is an example of what the American people are tired of – back room deals that are inserted in secret packages written behind closed doors.”
“I’m concerned by reports that a special Native Hawaiian bill, or any other controversial measure, might be quietly inserted into must-pass legislation that’s needed to keep the government open,” Alexander said. “If the Democratic majority wishes to pass legislation that would create a new, sovereign government within our borders based solely upon race, it should be brought up separately and debated openly on the Senate floor with the opportunity for amendment.”
“This November, Americans spoke and we listened,” said Cornyn. “Unfortunately, some of my Senate colleagues did not hear the resounding message that rejected secret backroom deals and controversial legislative distractions like this... (Complete Story)
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