The Hawaii Independent published another piece on the Army’s failure to conduct cultural surveys for the areas affected by its Stryker brigade expansion and the follow up action by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs calling on the Army to honor terms of a 2008 settlement agreement. The Hawaii Independent reports: “According to the settlement, OHA does have the option, if the two parties cannot come to a consensus on the identification of historic properties eligible for the Register, of seeking an injunction to halt construction should attempts at mediation prove unsuccessful.”
Strykers: Following public outcry, OHA calls on Army to honor 2008 agreement
Aug 08, 2010 – 02:06 PM | by Samson Kaala Reiny
HONOLULU—Amid public outcry, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has requested that the U.S. Army honors a 2008 agreement that helps identify and protect cultural sites.
A week after OHA officials met face-to-face with concerned members of the Hawaiian community over a damning archaeological report the organization sat on for almost a year, a letter was sent to the Army on Friday, August 6, requesting that the military “promptly evaluate the historic properties” discovered.
Christopher Monahan’s full report on the Stryker vehicles and cultural sites can be viewed at http://www.scribd.com/doc/48829377/09-Monahan-Report.