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'Dark Emu' challenges modern re-tellings of early Aboriginal history

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2014/07/29 - 10:40am
Radio National Breakfast with Fran Kelly The centuries-old notion that pre-European Aboriginal people were hunter-gatherers who did not farm the land they occupied is under further challenge. - A new book by award winning indigenous author Bruce Pascoe draws on the diaries of early explorers to provide evidence that Aboriginal people across the continent were sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing. - He argues that systems of food production and land management have been blatantly understated in modern re-tellings of early Aboriginal history.

War Memorial recognition of Frontier Wars - Sam Watson Interview

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2014/07/22 - 8:26am
Sam Watson interviewed by Tim Cox on 612 ABC Brisbane - Last week was NAIDOC Week, and you may have heard us talking here on Breakfast about formal recognition for Indigenous soldiers. But what do you think about recognition for the dealths of Aboriginal people during conflicts between them and white settlers? - A UQ academic has said that more than 65,000 Aboriginal people died in Queensland alone between 1788 and 1930 in the process of colonising Australia. Prof Raymond Evans has said that the Australian War Memorial should recognise it as a war. - Sam Watson is a Brisbane-based Aboriginal community worker and activist:

Murujuga National Park on the Burrup Peninsula

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sat, 2014/07/12 - 9:33pm
Ngarluma elder and park ranger Geoffrey Togo explains that it is on sacred land, steeped in culture and tradition. "It's very spiritual in lots of ways for us," he says. "Basically, I've been brought up to look after the place, with all the rest of the Ngarluma people."

Did legalised slavery exist in Australia?

Sovereign Audio Collection - Fri, 2014/07/11 - 3:00am
Verica Jokic reports on ABC Radio National -10 July 2014 - For almost a century, tens of thousands of Indigenous Australians were forced to work for pastoral stations, missions and government reserves for little more than pocket money. Some have called it legalised slavery and are now fighting to recoup stolen wages. . - Between the 1860s and the 1970s, Aboriginal people of all ages were taken from their homes and sent to work on cattle and sheep properties all across Australia. - Several such schemes were run by colonial and state governments, theoretically to protect Aboriginal Australians from mistreatment. - This is also about truth in our history. The vast majority of non-indigenous Australians have no idea of the enormous debt they owe to the Aboriginal men, women and children whose labour built this country. - People were forcibly sent to work, sometimes far from their homes, where they spent up to 16 hours a day toiling in kitchens, homesteads, shearing sheds or on the land.

Family sues WA Gov't, Police over daughters murder

Sovereign Audio Collection - Wed, 2014/07/02 - 9:25pm
Unprecedented legal action has begun in Perth, with the family of a murdered indigenous woman suing the WA Police service and the State Government for negligence. Andrea Pickett was stabbed to death by her estranged husband in Perth in 2009 after he repeatedly breached restraining orders. An inquest in 2012 found that police had failed to investigate or act on the multiple breaches. Andrea Pickett's family say they want justice for their sister and mother.

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks wins Human Rights Award!

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2014/07/01 - 7:40pm
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks wins Human Rights Award! 2014 - Caama Radio News

2007 - Howard announces constitutional recognition

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2014/06/24 - 2:12pm
Howard plans constitutional recognition of Aborigines PRINT FRIENDLY EMAIL STORY PM - Thursday, 11 October , 2007 18:26:00 Reporter: Gillian Bradford MARK COLVIN: The Prime Minister has tonight announced a new agenda on reconciliation. John Howard says if re-elected the Coalition will hold a referendum to recognise Indigenous Australians in the preamble of the Constitution. For more on the Prime Minister's speech, I'm joined now from Canberra -

Nth Lismore Tent Embassy: Protect plateau from development

Sovereign Audio Collection - Mon, 2014/06/23 - 11:25am
Gerry Georgatos, Correspondent - National Indigenous Radio - New South Wales – A tent embassy at North Lismore has gathered to protect a sacred plateau from a property development of over fifteen hundred houses. - Bundjalung Wyia-bal elder Mickey Ryan says the Department of Planning hasn't consulted on sacred sites and cultural heritage and he's lodged a writ in Court to prevent the development. - Mr Ryan says two sacred fires have been lit, one at the Embassy and another on the plateau. - He says traditional owners are happy to escort any Embassy visitors to the plateau.

Spirits in the balance: Ngangkari healers

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sat, 2014/06/21 - 6:51am
In the Anangu Pitjintjatjara Yangkunjatjara (APY) lands in northern South Australia, traditional health knowledge is alive and well, and working in a contemporary setting. - ABC AWAYE program - Presented by Rhianna Patrick Image: Ngangkari healers Rama Simpson (left) and Cyril McKenzie - More at:

Aboriginal healers working to keep traditional medicine alive

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sat, 2014/06/21 - 5:57am
Aboriginal health may be high on the policy agenda, but traditional Aboriginal healers hardly rate a mention in Australia’s official health policies. Annie Hastwell meets an Italian researcher who is determined to raise their profile and bring them into the mainstream. From the ABC AWAYE program - - Read More:

Muckaty Trial moves to Darwin to hear NLC evidence - Caama

Sovereign Audio Collection - Wed, 2014/06/18 - 9:18am
On the 18 June 2014 - Damian Williams from CAAMA Radio speaks with Paddy Gibson, Senior Researcher from Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning

Audio - Muckaty Waste Dump Trial moves to Darwin - CAAMA News

Sovereign Audio Collection - Wed, 2014/06/18 - 8:36am
Muckaty traditional owners are happy that they have finally been able to tell their version of events that led to the nomination of their land as a proposed site for a nuclear waste dump.

Smallpox: An act of biological warfare in 1789 ?

Sovereign Audio Collection - Mon, 2014/06/16 - 9:57pm
ABC Radio National 'Ockham’s Razor' An outbreak of smallpox in Sydney in 1789 killed thousands of Aborigines and weakened resistance to white settlement. Chris Warren argues that the pandemic was no accident, but rather a deliberate act of biological warfare against Australia’s first inhabitants. -

How powerful is the IPA?

Sovereign Audio Collection - Mon, 2014/06/16 - 1:46pm
They've been called the faceless men of the right; the Institute of Public Affairs, or IPA, a Melbourne based think tank which enjoys what some feel is a large amount of political influence. - Before the recent election, the IPA issued a wish list of policies it would like to see implemented and many of the items match the Abbott government's own. So who is the IPA and how much political clout does it have? - Phillip Adams - Late Night Live - ABC Radio Nationl

CAAMA News - Paddy Gibson with Paul Wiles: Interview

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sun, 2014/06/15 - 12:53am
Paul Wiles from CAAMA News interviewing Paddy Gibson. - IMAGE: Warlmanpa ladies dance at Manuwangku court hearings - no Muckaty nuke dump! photo Paddy Gibson - via @IndigenousX

Rethinking Indigenous Australia's agricultural past

Sovereign Audio Collection - Fri, 2014/06/13 - 10:44pm
It has long been thought that prior to white settlement, Indigenous Australians lived a nomadic, hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Now some scholars argue that the first Australians practised forms of agriculture and aquaculture ... More

Calls to reopen case on Eddie Murray's death

Sovereign Audio Collection - Fri, 2014/06/13 - 12:51pm
Transcript - CHRIS UHLMANN: Thirty-three years ago today, a young Aboriginal man was picked up by police in the town of Wee Waa in north-west New South Wales. Ninety minutes later he was dead. - The death of 21 year old Eddie Murray was one of the cases that led to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Today his family are holding a national day of action and calling for another inquiry. - Lindy Kerin reports: - LINDY KERIN: Twenty-one year old Eddie Murray was on his way to becoming a first grade rugby league star. In 1981 he'd been out celebrating an upcoming football trip and was picked up by police for being drunk and disorderly. An hour and a half later he was found hanged in the Wee Waa police cell. - ANNE MURRAY: He was a happy go lucky, typical brother, who loved his family dearly. - LINDY KERIN: Eddie Murray's sister Anne was just 15 when her brother died. His death was one of 99 investigated by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. The inquiry was critical of police evidence but found suicide was likely in the case of Eddie Murray. - The Murray family refused to accept the finding and they exhumed the young man's body and discovered he had a fractured sternum, which wasn't identified at the inquest or Royal Commission. Anne Murray says three decades on, there are still many unanswered questions. - ANNE MURRAY: The truth what really happened to my brother, and I'm out here to seek justice for my brother and let his spirit free, and my mother and father rest in peace, because they're not going rest till the truth comes out. - LINDY KERIN: Today the family will call on the state's new Police Minister and Attorney-General to re-open the case and hold a new inquest. They'll be supported by Ray Jackson from the Indigenous Social Justice Association. - RAY JACKSON: We're hoping that somewhere along the line we're going to get some real justice for the Murray family. - LINDY KERIN: There has been an inquest, there's been the Royal Commission and an independent investigation. What more can be done on this case though, really? - RAY JACKSON: Well, we can come to the truth. Like I mean the original coroner found that Eddie was too drunk to suicide, but he died at the hand or hands of persons unknown. Now he's in a Wee Waa police cell. The only people who have access to Eddie in that cell, he was by himself, are the police. - LINDY KERIN: Ray Jackson says despite the Royal Commission in 1991, the incarceration rates of Indigenous people have skyrocketed. Indigenous people make up more than a quarter of the national prison population. - RAY JACKSON: The 339 recommendations that were handed down by the Royal Commission were to stop the increase in incarceration, to stop deaths in custody. Yet because of lack of implementation of those recommendations, things have only got worse. - We have now since 1980 had over 450 Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody. No police officer, no prison officer, no custodial health officer has ever been found guilty. - CHRIS UHLMANN: Ray Jackson from the Indigenous Social Justice Association speaking to Lindy Kerin. - And the New South Wales Attorney-General says he would like to meet the Murray family to discuss their concerns.

Audio: Coleman's dream of a White Australia

Sovereign Audio Collection - Wed, 2014/06/11 - 9:43pm
Peter Coleman, White Supremacist and non believer in global warming uttered out loud what many Neo-Liberals in Australia believe but are rarely game to say. The majority of Australians are extremely racist and the fundamental issue behind the suppression of First Nations Peoples.

Rosalie Kunoth Monks Q&A story - CAAMA Radio

Sovereign Audio Collection - Wed, 2014/06/11 - 8:44am
Covered by Paul Wiles, CAAMA News A Central Australian Aboriginal Elder challenged the moral conscience of the nation when she told a pro assimilationist championing the integration of her people that she is not “the problem” that white Australians have been trying to solve since colonization.


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