Thanks, But No Tanks
For over two years, Native Hawaiian organizations 'Ilio'ulaokalani Coalition, Na 'Imi Pono, and Kipuka, represented by Earthjustice, have argued the U.S. Army violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it failed to consider any location other than Hawai'i for converting the 2nd Brigade of the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division into a brigade built around the 25-ton armored Stryker vehicle.
Preventing Cultural Destruction
In October 2006, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed. The plan at issue would destroy Native Hawaiian cultural sites, including recently re-discovered Hale'au'au Heiau (temple), and unique native forests that are home to dozens of endangered plant and animal species.
Now the Army must consider locations outside Hawai'i for its Stryker brigade, where the Army could achieve its goals with fewer impacts on irreplaceable cultural and environmental resources.