Native Hawaiians on brink of sovereignty

Now, 112 years after U.S. troops helped overthrow the independent Kingdom of Hawaii and 12 years after Congress apologized for it, that Hawaiian distinctiveness appears close to being formally recognized by the U.S. government. A bill that for the first time would extend sovereignty to the native Hawaiian people is poised for a vote – and likely approval – in the U.S. Senate.

Not only was The Kingdom of Hawaii overthown by force aided and abetted by the US military, the new rulers revoked citizenship for Asians, stole all the land they could, and among other things, created sugar plantations where the workers lived in semi-slave-like conditions. Ah, capitalism.

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