Posts Tagged: Native / Indigenous People

Blackwater is operating in Guam and Shariki, Japan

Another blogger shared the following articles about Blackwater and their involvement in Guam and Shariki, a tiny village in Japan that hosts a missile defense radar facility.  She points out: • In 2006, Blackwater’s aviation division won a $91 million contract for air charter work in Guam, a contract the Navy had set aside for small… Read more »

Pupukea Paumalu was saved, but did it bolster military expansion in Hawai’i and wars in other lands?

The Hawaii Independent carried a story about the recent release of the draft long range resource management plan for Pupukea Paumalu.  The preservation of Pupukea Paumalu (on the north shore of O’ahu, near Sunset Beach) as the North Shore Community Land Trust (NSCLT) is the fruit of a decades long struggle to protect the area… Read more »

Army ‘convenant’ with Native Hawaiians – a $500,000 publicity stunt

The Army is trying to buy supportive Native Hawaiians who will sign their covenant for their public relations campaign.  It would all be funny if it weren’t so sad that some would stand with the Army in their strategy to counter resistance movements in Makua and elsewhere.  After spending a half-million dollars for a ‘facilitation’… Read more »

Army tries to patch the bridges it has blown up

The Army is trying to patch up the broken relations with the Kanaka Maoli community through a concerted public relations and counter organizing campaign. They have hired Annelle Amaral to be a Native Hawaiian liaison to organize a Native Hawaiian front supportive of the Army’s activities in Hawai’i.  She is quoted as saying: “The relationship… Read more »

Army and some Native Hawaiians to sign a symbolic accord

Is this the product of the Army’s $500,000 public relations campaign targeting the Native Hawaiian community: a photo opportunity with some Native Hawaiians saying that they support the Army in Hawai’i?   Last summer the Army conducted an elaborate public relations campaign flying Native Hawaiian leaders by helicopter into Makua valley to demonstrate its commitment to… Read more »

Groups protest Office of Hawaiian Affairs over Makua burial issue

The purpose of the action reported in the Honolulu Adverstiser was to protest the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for allowing the Army to desecrate sites in Makua. The demonstration was led by  representatives of families with ties to Makua valley.  This is distinct from the efforts of Hui Malama o Makua and Malama Makua. >><<… Read more »

Akaka Bill in trouble?

The so-called Akaka Bill, which would establish Native Hawaiians as a federally recognized native tribe under U.S. law and powers, has been strongly opposed by the Hawaiian Sovereignty movement.   The bill would place Native  Hawaiians under the Department of Interior and effectively extinguish claims to land and independence.   The bill would also exempt the U.S…. Read more »

JHSV / Strykerferry invasion of the Pacific?

More information on the proposed stationing of Joint High Speed Vessels in Guam, Hawai’i, San Diego and/or Seattle.   The Army is currently conducting scoping on a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for stationing of these military fast transport vessels.   In Hawai’i a grassroots resistance stopped the Hawaii Superferry, a JHSV disguised as a civilian ferry,  through… Read more »

Testimony heard on Army’s DU permit application

Four petitioners argued that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) should force the Army to clean up depleted uranium (DU) contamination in Hawai’i, acccording to the Hawaii Tribune Herald.  According the the article, the Army admitted it had “no way of knowing how many rounds of depleted uranium were fired at Pohakuloa Training Area and that… Read more »

Kauanui: Understanding both versions of the Akaka bill

Understanding both versions of the Akaka bill By J. Kēhaulani Kauanui When the U.S. Congress resumes business later this month, the “Akaka bill” will be back on the table in both the House and the Senate. This controversial proposal, officially named The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, was first introduced by U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka… Read more »