Interior Returns Land to Hawaiian Natives

Land expected to provide homesteads to 200-400 families.

The Department of the Interior announced on Monday that it would be transferring 80 acres of federally held land to the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust. The parcel was held by the NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Oahu island and is expected to provide homesteads for 200-400 families. The transfer will help fulfill the terms of a 1995 settlement by Congress to compensate Native Hawaiians for 1,500 acres seized by the national government. 

Secretary Haaland commended the transfer saying, “The Native Hawaiian Community has waited more than 20 years for the federal government to address a $16.9 million credit owed by the United States to the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust. Today’s action is an important step in our commitment to resolving the Hawaiian Home Lands Recovery Act settlement.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Interior Department as it fulfills Congress’ pledge to native Hawaiians.
  • For God to help Secretary Haaland to lead the Department of the Interior with discernment. 
  • For the president’s administration to seek God’s direction as they seek equity for oppressed people groups.

Sources: Department of the Interior


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