Kekuni Blaisdell

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Kekuni Blaisdell (in full Richard Kekuni Akana Blaisdell), a medical doctor and Hawaiian sovereignty activist.

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 18, 2005, in an editorial entitled, Cons: Diverse groups fight ‘American Apartheid’, the following is written of Kekuni Blaisdell:

Blaisdell "....views the U.S. government as an illegal colonizer of the Hawaiian people using the islands as "a base for its global economic, military and nuclear domination." Blaisdell does not recognize the current government.

"The Akaka Bill is an attempt to turn us into native Americans so that we can continue under the heel of the U.S. invader and colonizer of our homeland," said Blaisdell, noting that in 1949 Hawaii was listed with the United Nations as eligible for decolonization and could have held a referendum but that native Hawaiians never were told.

Blaisdell said any government created under the Akaka Bill would be a "puppet government" of the United States. He said the bill calls for the secretary of the Department of the Interior to recognize or not recognize a native Hawaiian government once it is formed. He said the United States will only accept a government it can manipulate.

"How can this be self-determination? It's predetermination by the invader and colonial power," he said.

Blaisdell, who acknowledges he is considered one of the more radical sovereignty activists, said, "we never were part of the U.S. and were invaded illegally and militarily. It is not up to us to (secede) from the U.S., but it's for the U.S. to withdraw from the military occupation of our homeland."

Blaisdell said the bill will not protect against legal assaults such as the pending Arakaki v. Lingle case, which argues Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act are race-based and therefore unconstitutional under the Equal Protection clause.

Blaisdell said, "Those suits are all from right-wingers who oppose all native people and people of color and accuse us of being racist in our own homeland when all we are trying to do is survive."

He said: "The Akaka Bill wants us to accept a lesser, subservient status in our own homeland in order to protect ourselves from actions against us from the United States. But when we see the plight of the American Indians and the Alaska natives, we certainly don't want to be similarly treated and have our lands taken and our trusts violated." [1]

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