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Hawaiian Sovereignty Symposium 5: Mahealani Wendt
The symposium, "I Ka Pono: The Future of Hawaiian Sovereignty," examines the resurgence of Native Hawaiian nationalism today and offers a variety of perspectives on what the future of Hawaiian sovereignty might best look like. In this segment, Mahealani Wendt, community advocate and poet, speaks on "Sovereignty Lives in the Resilience of Kua`āina, the People of the Land." Mahealani Wendt was the executive director of Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (NHLC) for 32 years before retiring in December 2009. She was the first Native Hawaiian board member of the Native American Rights Fund. Wendt has been recognized with numerous awards including Outstanding Hawaiian Woman for Community Service; Liberty Bell Award from the Hawai’i State Bar Association; Kalanianaole Award from the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs; Native Hawaiian Advocate Award from the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement; and Hawai‘i Women Lawyers Lifetime Achievement Award. She has published poetry and stories in more than a dozen literary journals and anthologies. The symposium is presented in conjunction with the museum's exhibition, "E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation," on view through January, 2017. For more information, see the exhibit web site: The symposium was webcast and recorded in the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on January 30, 2016.
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28 min 48 sec
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