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.
"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....
...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....
...I urge everyone to contact their US Senator and oppose this legislation."