September 22nd, 2004


Hey. Don't put me in a museum. I'm not dead yet.

Today was the opening of a museum that cost us tax payers about $219 million to build. Smithsonian free???? Yes... many Americans show their ignorance when they think it's "free." Anyway I prefer to not mingle too much with the enemy but I guess these native people choose to overlook it. That is, I cannot overlook the blood shed nor will I ever be able to overlook the blood that was shed but some haole-fied indigenous people smile and overlook the blood. I just cannot although I have tried but my eyes keep looking at the blood. Well when I see this picture I see the blood. Can you?

The picture below also epitomizes how some indigenous people sell their people for a dollar:

Richard West, left, a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma, and Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., lead the Native Nations Procession in Washington, D.C., today. Hawai'i Sen Dan Inouye is to the left.

Native Hawaiians march in step with American Indians

By Frank Oliveri

WASHINGTON — Amid the pounding of drums, high-pitched American Indian song and bobbing of headdresses today, about 400 Native Hawaiians wearing lei and capes of various colors chanted about the birth of their islands.

A cool breeze offset the bright sunlight for the thousands walking in the Native Nations Procession, marking the opening of the new National Museum of the American Indian. Gordon Lee, a former Honolulu resident now living in Virginia, swelled with good feelings, warmly yelling to the crowd, "Alooooooo-haaaaaaa!"

Young children smiled. To Lee's delight, many responded in the same way.

"I've got chicken skin," he said, rubbing the bumps on his arm.

The Native Hawaiian contingent was among some 20,000 American Indians representing more than 515 tribes that signed up for the procession. Hundreds of thousands of others — Indians and non-Indians alike — watched the colorful spectacle from the sidelines and listened to the speakers at the dedication ceremony on the lawn just outside the new museum.

Though the ceremonies had a decided American Indian texture, Lee and other Native Hawaiians felt a strong bond of kinship.

Kuma hula Nalani Kanaka'ole, a leader of Hilo's Halau O Kekuhi, said the gathering "is more important to the Native Americans. O It's been a long time."

But she said it was a good place for all native people to come together. Her grandson, Ulu, said, "It's nice to see so many brown faces."

The day started early as hundreds of Native Hawaiians circled in the shadows of trees, joined hands and were led in a pule, or prayer.

Tony Sang, chairman of the state council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations, said the sight of people of so many different cultures gave him "an overwhelming feeling of O we're still alive, still here. Part of this great country. We haven't gone away."

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chairwoman Haunani Apoliona said the gathering made it clear "that we have these common ties. "We all are so proud and humble and appreciate the respect."

Apoliona said the placement of the museum on the National Mall was a great honor.

"The last space for the first people," she said.

The $219 million for the museum building and public programs came from taxpayers and private donors, including Indian tribes that run multimillion-dollar casinos.

The museum was 15 years in the making and partly pushed to creation by Hawai'i Sen. Daniel Inouye.

The pattern for the welcome plaza outside the east entrance plots the configuration of the planets on Nov. 28, 1989, the date Inouye introduced legislation in Congress to create the museum.

Clad in textured, wheat-colored Kasota limestone from Minnesota, the five-story building's curved lines are reminiscent of rocks shaped by wind and water over thousands of years.

Officials expect the museum will draw 4 million visitors a year, which would make it the Smithsonian's third most-popular museum after the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History.

Exhibits will display about 7,000 items that span 10,000 years and an area from the Arctic Circle to the tip of South America. The Smithsonian gained the cornerstone of the museum's exhibits when it acquired the collection of George Gustav Heye, an heir to an oil fortune who accumulated 800,000 Indian objects before his death in 1957.

The museum's three permanent inaugural exhibits examine themes common to all Indian people: the spiritual relationship between humans and their universe, native people's survival in the face of the European onslaught and how Indians maintain their distinct communities in the modern world.

Also this week, the National Museum of Natural History will display a canoe that was a gift to the Smithsonian from Queen Kapi'olani in 1887. Lee, who also helped to design several of this nation's submarines, helped to restore the canoe.

Lehua Yim, who works in Boston but calls Maui home, said the gathering and the museum are like "a seed that was just planted and is breaking through the ground.

"We're here to give it our 'Aloha,' " she said.

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On rich people in Hawai'i fucking over Hawaiians

I can't tell if this person is haole or part Hawaiian because one cannot tell by one's name. Anyway this person is right on. I could not have said it better myself!

Background info: In Hawai'i there are predominantly rich people who have signed contracts agreeing to the conditions of renting the land which their home or condo sits. They turn around and use imminent domain to try to get the City and County of Honolulu to fund these conversions which of course is questionable. Also... why should we fund the rich? Also these rich people specifically target Hawaiians as Kamehameha Schools which is an entity that funds the only school for Hawaiian children called Kamehameha Schools. This entity owns lands given to it by Princess Keelikolani. Its beneficiaries are Hawaiians.

So? What is happening and has happened in Hawai'i CAN happen to you or to someone whom you know. That is, a rich person can force YOU to sell your private property because they want it... using imminent domain. That is... what is happening in Hawai'i CAN be used as a precedent for other rich people who want to force you to sell your property.

ANYWAY this writer hit the nail on the head:

'Just compensation' for conversion a myth

Letter writer Mary H. Shelton ("Just compensation in leasehold conversion," Sept. 6) argues that our ali'i trusts would not lose an income stream when their leasehold interests are condemned through Chapter 38 since just compensation received for the leased fee interest could be invested and the fee owner will continue to have an income stream.

Ms. Shelton should familiarize herself with the King William Charles Lunalilo Trust Estate. After the king died in 1874, his will required his trustees to sell his land and invest his money prudently. Those investments went sour, and today the Lunalilo estate has no assets other than Lunalilo Home in Hawai'i Kai and the land under it, and the trust must constantly raise funds to maintain the operation of the home. The kicker is that Lunalilo left an estate even larger than the one left by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, founder of Kamehameha Schools.

Turning Ms. Shelton's argument on itself, leasehold renters should take the money they would use to pay for the leased fee interest and invest it wisely. They could then use that money to buy fee simple property, rather than asking the government to help them take property they knew from the beginning was not theirs for the taking.

Carly Byrd
New York City

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