Neil Thomas Proto is an attorney, professor, and the author of The Rights of My People: Liliʻuokalani’s Enduring Battle with the United States 1893-1917.* Mr. Proto conducted extensive research involving Queen Liliʻuokalani in the continental U.S. as part of his work for this book, including her lawsuit against the United States. He also represented Hawaiʻi in the Congressional and Presidential approved transfer of sovereign title of Kahoʻolawe from the United States to Hawaiʻi and, later, the formal control of access to the island from the United States Navy to Hawaiʻi and Native Hawaiian management through the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission. He has spoken and written about the Kaho'olawe law’s preparation, history, and legal process. He also collected research related to the island of Kahoʻolawe during his representation and as part of his ongoing scholarship. In 2013, Mr. Proto donated this research which consists of books, notes, copies of judicial and congressional documents, and numerous archival documents that are only accessible on the continent.
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