The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Stands in Solidarity With the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Their Fight Against Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Statement Attributable to Kamanaʻopono Crabbe, Ka Pouhana (CEO)
of Hawaiian Affairs

of Hawaiian Affairs
stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock
Sioux Tribe and their supporters who are fighting to protect the tribe’s
ancestral lands and resources.

The continuous struggle for self-determination over ancestral lands is a
common theme that connects all native peoples across the globe, and our
society has an obligation to afford indigenous peoples this basic right.

We urge those involved to work in good faith with tribal leaders to find
a pono (morally appropriate) solution.”

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(OHA) is a public agency within the state of
Hawai‘i responsible for improving the well-being of Native Hawaiians.
OHA was established in 1978 to right past wrongs suffered by Native
Hawaiians for over 100 years. Its mission is to mālama (protect)
Hawai‘i’s people and environmental resource and OHA’s assets towards the
perpetuation of the culture, the enhancement of lifestyle and the
protection of entitlements of Native Hawaiians, while enabling the
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for Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Dawn Hirai, 808-523-8802