NOVEMBER 23, 1993

PRESIDENT CLINTON SIGNS PUBLIC LAW APOLOGIZING FOR THE OVERTHROW OF THE KINGDOM OF HAWAII 

On this date, Congress adopted and President Bill Clinton signed U. S. Public Law 103-150 (107 Stat. 1510).  Informally known as the “Apology Resolution,” this Joint Resolution of the U.S. Congress acknowledged “that the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii occurred with the active participation of agents and citizens of the United States and further acknowledges that the Native Hawaiian people never directly relinquished to the United States their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people over their national lands, either through the Kingdom of Hawaii or through a plebiscite or referendum.” The resolution has been cited as a major impetus for the Hawaiian sovereignty movement.  It was co-sponsored on January 21, 1993, as Senate Joint Resolution 19 by Senators Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye, both Democratic senators from Hawaii. 

Sources:  U.S. Public Law 103-150.  Retrieved 7/21/2019, https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Public_Law_103-150
Photo:  Official White House signing photograph.  Public Domain.  Photograph taken by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code

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