Tulsi Gabbard on Native Hawaiian Issues

Key Points

  • Between her two tours of duty in the Middle East, Tulsi served in the U.S. Senate as a legislative aide to Senator Daniel Akaka, who was the first Native Hawaiian elected to the United States Congress
  • Tulsi believes that Native Hawaiians, as a people, should be empowered to determine their own future and what kind of relationship they choose to have with the U.S. federal government
  • Tulsi rightly points out that many people fail to recognize Native Hawaiians as indigenous people, which creates obstacles to providing them with proper services and programs


  •  H.R.558 to provide Federal economic development assistance for Native American communities through the Native American Challenge Demonstration Project 
  • H.R. 5 - Tulsi led the passage of Amendment to Reauthorize the Native Hawaiian Education Act
  • Helped obtain $8.7 million in funding for Hawai‘i State Department of Hawaiian Home Lands through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to build affordable homes, make renovations, and provide housing support for Native Hawaiian families
  • Tulsi fought to reintroduce and successfully pass the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA), which has empowered more than 1,400 low-income families in Hawaiʻi over the past two decades, along with native communities across the country.
  • Tulsi introduced and successfully passed an amendment to provide an additional $1 million to the Native American Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI); the amendment will provide additional awards to organizations that make credit, capital, and other essential financial services available to underserved and impoverished Native communities.
  • Tulsi fought for $1 million federal funding to help increase availability, affordability and improve the quality of child care programs for Native Hawaiian families through Maui Family Support Services.
  • Tulsi Denounced Republican Efforts to Exclude Native Hawaiians from Native Housing Legislation

Tulsi’s Statements/Video

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