Federal government set to announce Native Hawaiians can form sovereign government
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The federal government is set to announce that Native Hawaiians are eligible for form a sovereign government that would have the same rights as Native American tribes.
The U.S. Department of the Interior is scheduled to make the formal announcement in Washington at 4 a.m. Friday, Hawaii time.
The proposed rule would make Native Hawaiians eligible for federal recognition. The department alerted stakeholders about the new rule, but also asked them not to comment until after the announcement.