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October 2012

Indian Affairs Committee Hangs Native Hawaiian Art for the First Time
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For the first time, Native Hawaiian art is hanging in the room where the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets.  The painting by Brook Kapukuniahi Parker is titled Aha Ula.”  It now hangs in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. The room’s walls feature art by American Indian and Alaska Native artists, but until now no work by a Native Hawaiian artist had been featured.

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversees legislation relating to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian groups. It is chaired by Senator Danial Akaka, the first U.S. Senator of Native Hawaiian ancestry.

“This is such a tremendous endeavor,” said Robin Puanani from the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.  “It will be a reminder to generations of Senators that legislate on this committee for the betterment of all Native peoples—we so appreciate the great service both Senator Akaka and Senator Inouye have been to us as Native Hawaiians, and to our Native counterparts in other areas of the country.

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