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Pro Publica Report: U.S.Congress Cheated Hawaiians Out of Millions of Dollars Worth of Land

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Mike Kahikina served on the Hawaiian Homes Commission from 2011-2019. He was stunned to learn that the federal government was selling excess property that could have gone to the land trust that he and other commissioners oversaw. Credit:Cindy Ellen Russell/Honolulu Star-Advertiser

The U.S. Owes Hawaiians Millions of Dollars Worth of Land. Congress Helped Make Sure the Debt Wasn’t Paid.

In a 1995 law, the U.S. promised to pay its land debt to Hawaiians, thousands of whom are waiting for homes. But Congress, including the state’s own delegation, voted to give the land to other parties.

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