Edited to add 11 Aug 2136(+8): The Indigenous people of north-eastern Arnhem Land have formed a federation and declared self-government — and nobody noticed. There is almost complete radio silence in the media, blogs, twitter… everywhere. It’s rather eerie.
Sixty Yolngu clans of East Arnhem Land representing at least 12,000 indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory say they will form their own government to determine the future of their people.
The clan leaders met over three days of the Garma Festival of Traditional Culture at Gulkula, on the Gove Peninsula, and emerged on Tuesday with the news. […]
[Galarrwuy Yunupingu said], “The government, from the day of raising the flag by (Captain James) Cook and the formation of the parliament of this country, and the writing of the constitution that applies and talks about indigenous Australia, has walked right past this group of people,” Mr Yunupingu said.
“This is not today’s creation. This is thousands of years old. We are revising it to revive it for the benefit and the good of the future of indigenous Australia.”