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Hawaiian government doomed by squabbles and delays

By Mark Niesse
Honolulu, Hawaii (AP)

Native Hawaiians seemed poised to get, at long last, the same rights as Native Americans and Alaska Natives. They had enough votes in Congress, the bipartisan backing of state leaders and a supportive president.

Instead, the bill failed this year amid miscommunication, surprise amendments and broken alliances. It could be years before it is seriously considered again.

The billís sponsor, Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, has sought to make it law for 11 years. He couldnít persuade the Senateís leadership to hold a vote on the bill, even though his aides said it had more than 60 votes needed to break a potential filibuster.

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