Trask will discuss Hawaiian sovereignty
Hawaiian activist Mililani Trask will hold four symposiums at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to provide insight into laws and processes to establish Hawaiian sovereignty.
For more than a decade, Trask, an attorney, has been working at the international level for Hawaiian and indigenous rights.
Here is the symposium schedule:
Topic: The Akaka Bill
» The session will focus on versions of the bill and compare the bill with current standards in U.S. and international law relating to self-governance and self-determination. The session will also present the U.S. domestic policies on indigenous people and native Americans.
» The session will be held at the Halau o Haumea Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, 2645 Dole St., from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Topic: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
» The session will focus on the history and current status of the declaration. It will also review objections of the U.S. and other states to provisions relating to self-determination, state sovereignty and the indigenous global legal response.
» The session will be held in Classroom 2 of the William S. Richardson School of Law, 2515 Dole St., from 4:30 to 8 p.m. March 9.
Topic: Racism in U.S. Jurisprudence
» The session will examine U.S. domestic case law dealing with people of color and native Americans.
» The session will be held at Saunders Hall 624 at 2424 Maile Way, 2:30 to 4 p.m. March 16.
Topic: Hawaii, the United Nations Violations of International Law and the Way Forward
» The session will trace the history of Hawaii in the U.N. It will also cover recently filed briefs under the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights. The session will also consider processes and procedures for Hawaiian nation-building and how self-determination can be used as a process for conflict resolution.
» The session will be held at Halau o Haumea Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, 2645 Dole St., from 4:30 to 8 p.m. April 4.
The symposiums are sponsored by the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies; Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, William S. Richardson School of Law; and Indigenous Politics Program, Department of Political Science.