Working For Native Hawaiian Issues
Tulsi supports Native Hawaiian efforts to determine their own future and the kind of relationship they choose to have with the U.S. federal government.
Strengthening the Power of Self-Determination for Native Hawaiians
Since the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) was first established in 1996, it has strengthened indigenous self-determination and empowered Native people by addressing affordable housing needs. In Hawai'i, NAHASDA has increased homeownership among Native Hawaiians, brought hope to many people who are living paycheck to paycheck and helped to remove roadblocks to economic success. At the start of the 114th Congress, Tulsi worked to pass legislation reauthorizing NAHASDA in the House and is continuing to work to ensure this program continues for generations to come.
Tulsi also successfully passed the Native Hawaiian Education Reauthorization Act under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was signed in to law at the end of 2015. Since it was first passed in 1988, the Native Hawaiian Education Act has provided critical funding for thousands of Native Hawaiian children and families.
Equal opportunity and access to education, job opportunities, and health services must be within reach for Native Hawaiians in Hawai’i and across the United States. Native Hawaiians are disproportionately affected by health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes, and also have lower rates of access to quality care. Tulsi has continually supported measures to maintain and improve the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians. Through continued advocacy for the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems (NHHCS), critical services like primary care, health education, and disease prevention have become more accessible and affordable for Native Hawaiians throughout the state.
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Below is a transcript of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's message for the 16th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention:
"The Hokulea Crew embodies the spirit of aloha, connecting communities across the world through a shared mission of Mālama Honua-- caring for our Island Earth.
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today joined a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in introducing the reauthorization of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA), which has empowered more than 1,400 low-income families in Hawaiʻi over the past two decades, along with native communities across the country. In addition to the introduction of the bill today in the House, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) has also introduced companion language in the U.S. Senate.
Washington, DC -- The U.S. House of Representatives today passed Amendment No. 220 to the appropriations package which was introduced by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) to provide an additional $1 million to the Native American Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI). The Amendment will provide additional awards to organizations that make credit, capital, and other essential financial services available to underserved and impoverished Native communities.