KLAMATH, CA — The Nation of Hawai’i and the Yurok Tribe, California’s largest federally recognized tribe, proudly announce the historic ratification of a groundbreaking Peace and Friendship Treaty. This monumental achievement signifies a remarkable milestone in the journey toward building connections, fostering international relations, and recognizing nation-to-nation cooperation.
The Peace and Friendship Treaty, the first of its kind with the Yurok Tribe, embodies the collective commitment to peaceful coexistence, cultural exchange, environmental protection, and economic development. The treaty exemplifies the spirit of Aloha, unity, and mutual respect between two sovereign nations, each with a unique heritage and identity.
Through this treaty, the parties are committed to exploring opportunities for economic growth and cooperation. This includes initiatives to promote trade, tourism, and investment, enhancing the prosperity and well-being of both nations.
The exchange of cultural knowledge and traditions is central to this treaty. Both nations will engage in cultural exchange programs, fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of each other’s heritage.
Recognizing the significance of safeguarding the environment, the treaty underscores a shared commitment to protecting natural resources, preserving biodiversity, and mitigating the effects of climate change. Collaborative efforts will be made to address environmental concerns that impact both nations.
Pu’uhonua D.B.K. Kanahele, President of the Nation of Hawai’i, expressed his gratitude: “This treaty symbolizes the hope for a better future, one where aboriginal, indigenous, and native nations can come together, share their traditions, protect their natural resources, and work towards prosperity. We are proud to be part of this historic moment.”
Chairman of the Yurok Tribe, Joe James, remarked, “The Yurok Tribe is honored to enter into this historic treaty with the Nation of Hawai’i. We are really excited about the opportunities and the doors that will open up for us, as we aim to strengthen the bonds between our nations and collaborate on issues of mutual importance.”
The Yurok Tribe treaty is the second ratified treaty between the Nation of Hawai’i and federally recognized tribes. In January 2023, the first treaty of peace and friendship was ratified with the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, signifying the start to sign treaties with all 574 recognized Indian Tribes and 2000+ unrecognized tribes, forming the Aboriginal Indigenous Native Alliance (AINA).
AINA is a coalition of aboriginal, indigenous, and native peoples from around the world, united by a shared vision of world peace and a commitment to preserving the land and cultural heritage of their respective nations.
The Peace and Friendship Treaty between the Nation of Hawai’i and the Yurok Tribe is a testament to the power of diplomacy, cooperation, and the shared values that unite us all. It is a beacon of hope, pointing toward a brighter future for indigenous nations everywhere.