By J. Kēhaulani Kauanui
Kauanui presents an impassioned overview of ways the arbitrary correlation of ancestry and race imposed by way of the U.S. govt at the indigenous humans of Hawai‘i has had far-reaching felony and cultural results. With the HHCA, the government explicitly constrained the variety of Hawaiians incorporated in land provisions, and it recast Hawaiians’ land claims when it comes to colonial welfare instead of collective entitlement. furthermore, the exclusionary good judgment of blood quantum has profoundly affected cultural definitions of indigeneity by means of undermining extra inclusive Kanaka Maoli notions of kinship and belonging. Kauanui additionally addresses the continuing importance of the 50-percent rule: Its standards underlie fresh courtroom judgements that experience subverted the Hawaiian sovereignty stream and taken to the fore charged questions on who counts as Hawaiian.
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