Aborigines' land victory

August 3, 2005

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The Ngaanyatjarra Aborigines of Western Australia have won legal recognition of a large part of their ancestral land. The claim covered more than 180,000 sq km in the Mt Gibson and Great Victoria deserts.

The Ngaanyatjarra have tried for over twenty years to win back their land, and their victory is the biggest area of 'native title' in Australia.

Robin Smyth fom the Ngaanyatjarra Land Council said, 'It is important… for our people to look after our sacred sites.'

Aboriginal peoples