With deep thinking like this, the passage of the Akaka Bill is the least of the Native Hawaiians’ worries.
Question: “What do you think tribal sovereignty means in the 21st century, and how do we resolve conflicts between tribes and the federal and state governments?”
President George W. Bush: “Tribal sovereignty means that: sovereign. You’re a… you’re a… you’ve been given sovereignty, and you’re viewed as a sovereign entity. [Laughter.] And therefore the relationship between the federal government and the tribes is one between sovereign entities.”