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

April 11, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) introduced a House resolution today in celebration of the 150th anniversary of The Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Hawaii’s oldest royal order organization. The Royal Order of Kamehameha I was established on April 11, 1865 by King Kamehameha V to honor the legacy of his grandfather, King Kamehameha I, to defend the Kingdom of Hawaii’s sovereignty, and to preserve the culture and traditions of the Native Hawaiian people.

December 19, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the statement below following her votes in favor of the Fiscal Year 2016 omnibus spending and tax extender legislative packages. The tax extender package passed with a vote of 318-109.  The omnibus funding legislation passed with a vote of 316-113.  Both were considered as amendments to H.R. 2029, which the Senate then took up and passed by a vote of 65-33. The President signed the legislation into law shortly afterward.
 
December 4, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC—Last night, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) voted in favor of the conference report for S.1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation makes significant changes to the No Child Left Behind Act, and includes language introduced by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard earlier this year to reauthorize funding for the Native Hawaiian Education Act (NHEA), which provides grants for innovative Native Hawaiian educational programs across the State of Hawaiʻi.
September 29, 2015 Press Release
Today, the Department of the Interior released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding “Procedures for Reestablishing a Government-to-Government Relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community.” This Proposed Rule is a culmination of years of work by the Hawaii Congressional Delegation, the Native Hawaiian community, the State of Hawaii, and the Obama administration to establish an avenue for a reorganized Native Hawaiian government to reestablish a government-to-government relationship with the United States.
 
September 15, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC—Today, the Hawai'i Congressional Delegation announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded $8,610,632 in federal grants to support Native Hawaiian education. The grants, which include funding for every county in Hawai'i, will support eleven education projects to improve academic achievement, strengthen early childhood literacy and readiness programs, assist homeless families, and foster mentorship and academic support programs. 
 

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