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Mililani B. Trask - Further Readings

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Mililani B. Trask, a native Hawaiian attorney, is the leader of a Hawaiian sovereignty movement that seeks the establishment of a separate nation for native Hawaiians and the return of the state-managed lands to which native Hawaiians are legally entitled.

Trask was born into a politically active family. Her grandfather, David Trask Sr., was a territorial senator, and her uncle, David Trask Jr., became a prominent labor leader who organized a powerful union for state government employees. Trask graduated from the Kamehameha Schools, an educational institution set up by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, of Hawaii, for native Hawaiian children. She attended Johnston College, University of Redlands in California, but left school before graduating to work with labor organizer CÉSAR CHÁVEZ's field-workers and the Black Panther Childcare Project. Trask received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from San Jose State University in 1974, and graduated from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in 1978, at the age of 27.

Trask returned to Hawaii and joined the growing native struggle over land control and development. She began community organizing on sovereignty issues, setting up conferences and workshops and doing extensive legal research into native land claims.

In 1987, Trask and others founded the group Ka Lahui Hawai'i (the Hawaiian People). Ka Lahui is a self-proclaimed sovereign Hawaiian nation with over ten thousand members; a democratic constitution with a bill of rights; and four branches of government—including an elected legislature (the Pakaukau), representing 33 districts, and a judiciary system made up of elected judges and an elders council. Voting is restricted to native Hawaiians. Trask has twice been elected kia'aina of the group, the equivalent of governor or prime minister.

Trask hopes the nation will eventually be rooted in the nearly two hundred thousand acres of Hawaiian homelands and the 1.4 million acres of original Hawaiian lands ceded to the state by the federal government. In Ka Lahui Hawai'i, according to Trask, native Hawaiians would have a relationship similar to that existing between the United States and federally recognized Native American tribes and native Alaskans. The tribes, whose members have dual status as citizens of the United States and as "citizens" of the tribe, can impose taxes, make laws, and control their lands.

"ALL THE TALK NOW IS ABOUT MODELS OF SOVEREIGNTY. A MODEL IS JUST A PROTOTYPE. IT'S NOT REAL. WE'RE NOT A MODEL. A MODEL DOESN'T HAVE 25,000 PEOPLE."
—MILILANI B. TRASK

Trask also is one of the founders of the Indigenous Women's Network, a coalition of Native American women advocating for issues including improved housing, HEALTH CARE, HUMAN RIGHTS, and community-based economic development. From 1998 to 2000 Trask served as Trustee at Large to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). In 2000, she resigned her membership in Ka Lahui Hawai'i but has remained active in public affairs. In 2002, Trask began serving a three-year term as the Pacific

representative to the 16-member UNITED NATIONS Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

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over 6 years ago

Kia ora Mililani. my name is Rawiri David waretini Karena I am an indigenous native from Aotearoa New Zealand and am also a friend and fomer colleague of Taima Moeke-Pickering. I am doing research into Indigenous sovereign identity and customary native title of indigenous cultures In Canada, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. I am looking for people of these cultures as research participants. Could you recommend any one for me to speak with???

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about 8 years ago

Hi this is your cousin mililani trask your mom trask and kokokauwila chang is my great auntys,i just wanted to tell you mom told me to never down any other hauoles,rememeber that we are english and haoule your dad is and hauole too. I KNOW WE ARE FAMILY REMEMBER WE ARE NOT RACISM, KEEP THIS IN MINE WHEN KALIPI CHOSES YOU TO BE GOVENOR, MY AUNTYS NEVER HAD DISRESPECT FOR ANY ONE, I NEVER DID LIKE HAWAIIAN SOVERIGNTY BECAUSE ALL OF US ARE FIGHTING, WE SHOULD BE TOGETHER NOT FIGHTING WITH ONE ANOTHER WELL CUZ JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW BECAUSE A NEIGHBOR TOLD ME ABOUT HOW YOU TREATED THEM AND I THINK YOU OWE THEM AN APOLOGY TOO.

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over 9 years ago

I jus like to say that I knew aunty Kamaka and she believed like you in the Hawaiian movement. I just wanted to tell you my idea. That is to run for Governer for the State of Hawaii. We as the Kanaka's can help you only if you fight for independants for the Hawaiian Kingdom. While your running for Governer, talk to some one that has a body set up for the kingdom (like Henry Noa) then at the same time having more hawaiians running and getting in for office. Find the Clean and educated hawaiians so there's no down fall in the future. While this is all being put together then you as a Gov. can recognize and help make the transition for the Hawaiian Kingdonm. This will be legal process under the constitution and international law. Thank you for your time.



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Bronson D. K. Kalipi