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
Below is a message from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard presented at the 2018 Kauaʻi Kūhiō Day Celebration:
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole was born 146 years ago tomorrow. It was a time that was so different from what we know today. It was a simpler time when families often connected around a camp fire to talk story about their day and less about texting, tweeting, or engaging in our smart phones. But it was also a time of rapid change from centuries-long traditions that were exciting for some but may also have been devastating for others.
"The agreement not to move Hawaii's current Public, Education, and Government (PEG) programming channels is a positive decision for our entire community. PEG channels enrich our state by providing a platform not offered on any other non-commercial channels for local voices to be heard.
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today voted to pass the FY 2018 omnibus spending package that funds critical investments and programs in Hawai‘i and across the country. The bipartisan legislation invests in key missile defense capabilities, opioid treatment and prevention measures, veterans’ healthcare, rural infrastructure, affordable housing programs, and more. H.R.
"Great to visit with leaders of the Native Hawaiian Education Council today. Mahalo for all your work for our keiki and building a stronger future for our community!"-TG
"As part of the first ever @OfficeofHawaiianAffairs Native Hawaiian Congressional Fellowship class, Katie worked to raise awareness in Congress around Native Hawaiian issues, helped to build bipartisan support behind my bill to combat invasive species & much more. Learn more about this excellent opportunity for Native Hawaiian leaders here https://www.oha.org/DCinternships" - TG