(BIVN) – A motion to subpoena documents related to Native Hawaiian, Alask Native, and Native American issues, produced during the period in which current U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanuagh was a White House staff secretary, was defeated during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting this week.
“The American people deserve to know the full extent of Brett Kavanaugh’s lies regarding indigenous communities,” Hawaii U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono wrote on social media after her effort to authorize the subpoena failed by a partisan vote.
The day before the committee meeting in Washington, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs chair, Colette Machado, issued this statement:
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) joins U.S Senator Mazie Hirono in calling the nation’s attention to Judge Kavanaugh’s extreme positions on Native peoples in general and Native Hawaiians in particular. The record now reflects that Judge Kavanaugh holds long-standing views about Native Hawaiians that mirror positions taken by organizations whose goals include stripping Native peoples and nations of their dignity as sovereign entities within the United States, contrary to settled United States policies towards Native Americans. Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated a low level of knowledge about the history of Native Hawaiians and their pre-existing sovereignty well before western contact. His nomination is alarming to all American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians.
The Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the nomination of Kavanuagh, originally scheduled for Sept. 13, was postponed.