Native Hawaiian tribal rights bill spurs row


The next time President Obama vacations in his native Hawaii, there could be something new on the island: an Indian tribe. Two weeks ago, House and Senate committees approved the Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act, which would create a separate government for Native Hawaiians. The legislation, better known as the Akaka bill after its sponsor, Democratic Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, originally stated that the new government's authority would be decided in negotiations with state and federal authorities.