Chief Tecumseh Brown Eagle of The Erie Indian Moundbuilders Tribal Nation today issued his Tribe's opposition to the proposed Akaka Bill now before the US Congress. He said: Native Hawaiians are not American Indians! To label Native Hawaiians as American Indians flies in the face of historical fact, truth, and the rule of law. It also undermines the inherent right of all to retain their national identity. If the national identity of Native Hawaiians can be wiped away with the stroke of a pen then all people everywhere may face the same fate. For the United States of America to attempt to classify Native Hawaiians as Native American Indians undermines true Native American Indians as well as the United States Consitution that is promulgated upon the rule of law. This bill would continue the horrific history of the violation of its treaties by the US which the US Constitution unequivacably proclaims as the highest law of the land. To enact the Akaka Bill would continue this abuse of the US Constitution and support the unconscionable illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai'i in 1893. All people of sound conscious recognize the blessings of freedom bestowed upon us by The Great Spirit, and confirmed under the United States Consitution and must oppose the Akaka Bill. I urge everyone to contact their US Senator and oppose this legislation.

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