Alaska, Hawaii Delegations Discuss Native Issues

A discussion in Washington, D.C. on native issues is continuing an alliance between congressional delegations of Alaska and Hawaii, forged by a longtime friendship between two senators.

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by Associated Press

HONOLULU- A discussion in Washington, D.C. on native issues is continuing an alliance between congressional delegations of Alaska and Hawaii, forged by a longtime friendship between two senators.
   
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa says Tuesday's round-table continues the special relationship established by Hawaii's late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye and Alaska's late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.
   
Hanabusa says the discussion included Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native business leaders, community organizations and policy advocates. She says the friendship between the two senators is rare and there's a duty to carry on that legacy.
   
Hanabusa is running to fill the final two years of Inouye's original term. He died in December.
   
The round-table is expected to become an annual event, with future discussions to be held alternately in Hawaii and Alaska.