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
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the statement below following announcement of the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Final Rule for Procedures for Reestablishing a Formal Government-to-Government Relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community. The rule incorporates and takes into account more than 54,000 public comments submitted to the Department of Interior from the Native Hawaiian community and other key stakeholders:
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) joined hundreds at the Old Town Alexandria Waterfront Park to welcome the Hōkūle’a as it came down the Potomac River to Washington, DC. The congresswoman toured the Hōkūle’a, welcomed the crew and all those present for the arrival ceremony, and enjoyed music and dance presented by local hālaus and the Piscataway Conoy Tribe of Maryland.
Washington, DC– Today, Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $20,000,000 grant to the University of Hawaii System for a clean water research project. The project, titled Ike Wai from the Hawaiian words for knowledge and water, will address the critical needs of the state to maintain its supply of clean water, most of which comes from groundwater sources.
Honolulu, HI—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement recognizing the month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month: