WASHINGTON, DC – Working to continue the legacy of partnership his dear friend Senator Ted Stevens created with Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, Alaskan Congressman Don Young today joined with his House and Senate colleagues from Alaska and Hawaii for a roundtable discussion with local business and community leaders from the 49th and 50th states to discuss ways to stand up for Alaska's and Hawaii’s Native peoples.
“During my 40 years in Congress, I have reminded my fellow Members that Alaska is just different than the lower 48 and has unique challenges and obstacles. The same can be said for Hawaii. Fortunately both states have been blessed with Congressional Delegations that wake up every day and fight for the rights of Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians,” Rep. Young said. “We have strong bonds between Alaska and Hawaii, and today our Delegations reaffirmed our commitment to jointly uphold the interests of our Native peoples. I am proud that our Delegations work side-by-side, without partisanship, to accomplish so much for our states.”
Hosted by the Alaska Federation of Natives and Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, the Alaska – Hawaii Roundtable will be a regular event that rotates from year to year, between Alaska and Hawaii. Joining in the roundtable discussion were Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, Hawaiian Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz, and Hawaiian Congresswomen Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard.