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.
The delegations say 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.
The discussion included Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native business leaders, community organizations and policy advocates. It was hosted by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and the Alaska Federation of Natives. Topics included improving education and stimulating native-owned businesses.
The round-table is expected to become an annual event, with future discussions to be held alternately in Hawaii and Alaska.
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