Working For Native Hawaiians

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.  

 

More on Working For Native Hawaiians

July 31, 2020 Press Release
Washington, DCToday, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) voted for the $197 billion Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which provides funding for federal labor, health, human services, and education programs for the upcoming fiscal year 2021. As a result of Rep. Gabbard’s leadership and work, the legislation includes $100 million in funding for Native Hawaiian-focused programs.
July 31, 2020 Press Release
Washington, DCRep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) announced funding for key programs benefiting the nation and Hawai‘i through the Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies funding bill for fiscal year 2021. The bill, which was passed by the House Appropriations Committee and then included as part of the “minibus” — a combination of 6 smaller funding bills — was passed by the House of Representatives today.
July 31, 2020 Press Release
Washington, DCRep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) announced the funding of multiple financial programs central to efforts to provide greater economic opportunity to Americans and making sure the U.S. financial system is accountable to the American taxpayer.
July 21, 2020 Press Release
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) voted against the annual national defense bill. While she successfully included several provisions of importance to Hawai‘i and the country’s security, the positive elements of the bill were outweighed by overarching concerns the Congresswoman had with the massive bill.
 
July 1, 2020 Press Release
Honolulu, HI—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families-Office of Child Care, awarded a $1,000,000 continuing grant to Maui Family Support Services, Inc. The funds will be used to help subsidize childcare services for Native Hawaiian families and help improve the school success of Native Hawaiian children.
 

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