I have to say, this story took me completely off guard
Quotes from Hawaii Sen. Akaka
Two former Senators were worried enough by the bill to pen an oped piece for the Wall Street JournalSenator DANIEL AKAKA (Democrat, Hawaii): It creates a government-to-government relationship with the United States. KASTE: Democratic Senator Dan Akaka, himself a native, wants Congress to let Hawaiians re-establish their national identity. He says his bill would give them a kind of legal parity with tribal governments on the mainland, but he says this sovereignty could eventually go further, perhaps even leading to outright independence.
Sen. AKAKA: That could be. As far as what's going to happen at the other end, I'm leaving it up to my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Question is, does the Senate even have the Constitutional right to go ahead and do this, elevate a State from statehood status to Tribal Government on the way to independence?