October 4th, 2018 Last Updated on: October 10th, 2018
You can't hide from the coverage of the Judge Kavanaugh hearings over the past couple weeks. Judge Kavanaugh has been nominated to serve on the United States Supreme Court by President Trump.
The news coverage has focused on the accusations by Christine Blasey Ford against Judge Kavanaugh.
Missing from the coverage has been Judge Kavanaugh's record and stance on the issues.
Are Native Hawiians Indian? After all they come from Polynesia – Judge Kavanah
United States Senator Mazie Hirono spent her time of the hearing questioning the judge about his statements in emails and briefs. She also released confidential documents to the public to show these statements.
These are the docs Rs don't want you to see—because they show that Judge Kavanaugh wrongly believes that Native Hawaiian programs are Constitutionally questionable. I defy anyone reading this to be able to conclude that it should be deemed confidential in any way, shape, or form. pic.twitter.com/yj31vDNGia
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) September 6, 2018
“Hirono blasted Kavanaugh for arguing that Native Hawaiians are not indigenous…
Hirono also criticized Kavanaugh for saying Native Hawaiians don’t live on reservations or have their own form of government, therefore, they should not be treated the same as American Indian tribes, who are federally recognized as sovereign nations.
Again, she said, Kavanaugh is ignorant of the facts, noting that the islands had long been under their own rule before Captain James Cook “discovered” Hawaii in 1778.
Over the next decade and beyond, dozens of cases will come before the Court that could change the landscape of tribal sovereignty. This appointment will be felt by Indian Country for generations.
Regardless of how you feel about the claims of sexual assault, his opinions on Native Hawaiians are disturbing for all of Indian Country.
Take time to read the documents and watch the videos.
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