121115 – The Wire: Influential tent embassy activist passes away [Isabel Coe]

Contents:
* The Wire: Influential tent embassy activist passes away
* Video: 30th anniversary of the 1982 Stolenwealth Games protests
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* iPetitions: Darug Tribe to regain recognition as
traditional owners of Blacktown
* Interview with Shirley Nirrpurranydji:
Strong community bonds the key to Indigenous student health
* Interview with Tammy Solonec, National Congress Director
working with the Justice Working Group
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
* Patricia Karvelas: Racism link to poor mental health
* Jan Mayman: On Our Watch: The death of John Pat
* Michael Brull:
Racism stains NT govt attempts to ‘clean up the streets’
* Greens Rachel Siewert:
United approach needed to tackle effects of alcohol abuse
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* THE WIRE:
INFLUENTIAL TENT EMBASSY ACTIVIST PASSES AWAY [ISOBEL COE]

– Audio Interview

The Wire: Influential tent embassy activist passes away
Produced by Tim Roxburgh
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9844
12 Nov 12: “Many campaigners for indigenous sovereignty are
today mourning the death of the influential activist Isabel
Coe, who passed away on Saturday. Coe was heavily involved
in supporting the Canberra tent embassy after it was
established in 1972. Campaigners say that Isabel Coe was
instrumental in ensuring that the tent embassy was
reinvigorated in the later years of the Hawke government
when it was rumoured that the site would be shut down.
Michael Anderson was one of the co-founders of the
original tent embassy in Canberra. He told Tim Roxburgh
that Isobel Coe would be remembered as one of the strongest
and most forthright campaigners for her people. …
Featured in story:
Michael Anderson – co-founder of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy”

– In Memorium

Sovereign Union: Isabel Coe – Lest we Forget
Aunty Isabel Coe – Rest in Peace
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/441
“My name is Isabell Coe. I’m a Wiradjuri Ngunnawal woman.
I’m a mother and I’m a grandmother. Well, when I’m in
Canberra, that’s the only place I stay. It’s always at the
Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Of course, it’s a part of my
traditional country. I’ve got a special obligation to keep
the Aboriginal Tent Embassy going. And I’ll be keeping it
going until I die. Until our Aboriginal sovereignty is
recognised in our country. This country is our birth right.
Always was and always will be Aboriginal land.
… and let’s get it right. We’re protesting. We’re not
there to look pretty for the government. We’re there
protesting because this government won’t do its job. It
won’t end this genocidal war against our people. We’re
dying. We’re dying all over the country. We’ve been locked
up in prisons. Men, women and children. It’s the only
place where we are a majority.” Isabell Coe, 25 November 2005

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6

13 Nov 12: “Tributes are flowing following the death of
veteran Aboriginal rights campaigner Isabel Coe a Wiradjuri
woman who spent a lifetime campaigning for her people.”

– Related News

newsTracker: NSWALC pays tribute to a tireless activist
http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/nswalc-pays-tribute-to-a-tireless-activist/
13 Nov 12: “NEW SOUTH WALES: The NSW Aboriginal Land
Council has expressed its deepest sympathies to the Coe
family, following the passing of prominent Aboriginal
activist Isabel Coe over the weekend. Aunty Isabel was born
in Cowra. A stalwart of the Aboriginal rights struggle, and
a leading figure in the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, she was
also the lead litigant in Isabel Coe vs the Commonwealth,
an unsuccessful but important legal challenge which sought
to assert the sovereignty of the Wiradjuri nation.”

Canberra Times: Tent embassy fighter known for passion
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/tent-embassy-fighter-known-for-passion-20121112-298vb.html
13 Nov 12: “Australia is mourning the death of one of the
nation’s leading indigenous rights campaigners. Aboriginal
elder Isabel Coe died in Cowra on Saturday aged 61,
following a long battle with ill-health. Ms Coe was a
prominent figure at the Aboriginal tent embassy near Old
Parliament House and was instrumental in ensuring the
controversial embassy remained there. … Ms Coe, a
Wiradjuri woman, defended those who in January burnt the
Australian flag on the steps of Parliament House. … ”
… And then she set up a tent embassy in Cowra in recent
years, too.”” By Chris Johnson

Koori Mail: Tributes for a warrior
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
12 Nov 12: “WIRADJERI activist and original member of the
1972 Aboriginal Tent Embassy Isabell Coe has died. Tributes
are flowing for the 61-year-old, who had been unwell for
some time before she passed away at home near Cowra on
Saturday. She is being remembered as a warrior and staunch
fighter for her people.”

Activists pay tribute to Aunty Isabel Coe
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/activists-pay-tribute-to-aunty-isabel-coe/
9 News: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2012/11/12/15/02/coe-lauded-for-role-in-aboriginal-politics
13 Nov 12: “Aboriginal activist Isabel Coe was a standout
among her contemporaries, Aboriginal Tent Embassy
co-founder Michael Anderson says. Ms Coe, a Wiradjuri
Ngunnawal woman, died on Saturday. … Mr Anderson said
Ms Coe was there when the idea was born to take a protest
to Canberra, which later spawned the tent embassy. …
Mr Anderson said her death, aged 61, was anticipated. But
he was saddened it coincided with the 40th year of tent
embassy activism. … Ms Coe was also instrumental in
establishing the Redfern Aboriginal Children’s Service.”

* VIDEO:
30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1982 STOLENWEALTH GAMES PROTESTS

– Video

YouTube: The Brisbane Blacks are Back!
30th anniversary of the 1982 Stolenwealth Games protests

14 Oct 12

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 13 November 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

* iPETITIONS:
DARUG TRIBE TO REGAIN RECOGNITION AS
TRADITIONAL OWNERS OF BLACKTOWN

– Petition

Darug Tribe to regain recognition as
traditional owners of Blacktown
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/darug-tribe/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=system&utm_campaign=Send%2Bto%2BFriend
“The Petition:
The Blacktown City Council no longer acknowledges the Darug
people as the traditional owners of the land upon which it
sits. A recent policy decision has suspended the
recognition of the Darug people as the continuing
traditional custodians of the land, this has been done
without consultation with the Darug community. This
political indecency has outraged many members of the Darug
community who are calling for the reversal of this
controversial decision by Council. Please sign, comment and
share to raise awareness of this wrong-doing and make
Council accountable for their actions by having them be
made to reinstate policy which pays due respect to the
Darug people as the continuing traditional custodians of
the land they sit upon.”

– Related News

Blacktown Advocate:
Blacktown Council suspends recognition of Darug Aborigines
as Blacktown’s traditional owners
http://blacktown-advocate.whereilive.com.au/news/story/blacktown-council-suspends-recognitiion-of-darug-aborigines-as-blacktowns-traditional-owners/
9 Oct 12: “BLACKTOWN Council has stopped recognising the
Darug tribe as the traditional owners of Blacktown. The
move comes amid accusations those recognised as Darug
elders were committing “ethnic fraud” and had no legitimate
claim to being descendants of Blacktown’s Aborigines. Darug
Tribal Corporation (DTC) secretary Aunty Sandra Lee said
she was given no warning of the decision at last week’s
extraordinary meeting to suspend the council’s indigenous
policy and had been left “stunned”.”

– Related Audio

Living Black: Council Stops Darug Nation Acknowledgement
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/241171/t/Council-Stops-Darug-Nation-Acknowledgement/in/english
9 Nov 12: “Blacktown Council in Western Sydney has
officially amended its Acknowledgement to Country, leaving
out the Darug Nation as tradiational owners. For many
generations, the Darug Nation has been recognised as the
traditional owners of a large part of the area now known
as Western Sydney. They were originally large groups of
clans united by the common language, Darug. … One senior
Darug elder, Secretary of the Darug Tribal Aboriginal
Corporation – Aunty Sandra Lee – is publicly bearing the
brunt of this decision, but she is by no means the only
person affected. Aunty Sandra says that the Corporation
had no idea about what Blacktown Council had done, until
a Journalist told them.”

* INTERVIEW WITH SHIRLEY NIRRPURRANYDJI:
STRONG COMMUNITY BONDS THE KEY TO INDIGENOUS STUDENT HEALTH

– Audio Interview

The Wire:
Strong community bonds the key to Indigenous student health
Produced by Lisa Burns
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9853
14 Nov 12: “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
was again in the spotlight today, on day two of Congress
Lowitja 2012. The Congress aims to share ideas and
information on improving Indigenous health, by bringing
together keynote speakers and health experts from
Australia and around the world. Shirley Nirrpurranydji
comes from a remote community in Arnhem Land. She spoke
for the first time at the Congress and has been looking
into how building strong relationships between schools and
the local community can have a positive effect on
Aboriginal students. …
Featured in story:
Shirley Nirrpurranydji, Researcher from Arnhem Land”

* INTERVIEW WITH TAMMY SOLONEC,
NATIONAL CONGRESS DIRECTOR
WORKING WITH THE JUSTICE WORKING GROUP:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Tammy Solonec
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
13 Nov 12: “National Congress Director working with the
Justice Working Group which has just released the National
Justice Policy for Public Comment.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/tammy-solonec/

See:

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
National Justice Policy for Public Comment:
http://nationalcongress.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/CongressJusticePolicyCommentDraft.pdf

* BACKGROUND TO NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES:

Last updated: 5 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

* PATRICIA KARVELAS: RACISM LINK TO POOR MENTAL HEALTH

– News

Australian: Racism link to poor mental health
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/racism-link-to-poor-mental-health/story-fn9hm1pm-1226516423614
14 Nov 12: “A NEW study has found evidence of a link
between experiences of racism and poorer mental health.
The report, on the mental health impacts of racial
discrimination in Victorian Aboriginal communities, will
be launched today by Dr Helen Szoke, the Australian Race
Discrimination Commissioner. The study looked at coping
strategies and found that almost 80 per cent of those
surveyed avoided situations where people predicted that
racism might occur and that a large portion of the sample
did not feel safe to participate in activities that many
other Australians take for granted.” By Patricia Karvelas

– Related News

Age: Study reveals racial abuse of Aboriginal Victorians
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/study-reveals-racial-abuse-of-aboriginal-victorians-20121114-29cm2.html
15 Nov 12: “MOST Aboriginal Victorians are subject to
racist attacks, with 97 per cent reporting they were the
target of verbal or physical abuse or discrimination in the
past year. A survey of 755 Aboriginal adults in four
Victorian communities, released by VicHealth on Wednesday,
found more than 70 per cent of respondents were the target
of eight or more racist incidents. It found a person’s
risk of psychological distress increased with the number of
racist incidents, and half of respondents reported high or
very high levels of psychological distress.” By Kate Hagan

Koori Mail: Racism hurts
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
14 Nov 12: “ABORIGINAL Victorians suffer appalling levels
of racism which can lead to severe psychological distress,
a new report shows. The ‘Mental health impacts of racial
discrimination in Victorian Aboriginal communities’ report
is based on the recent Aboriginal Experiences of Racism
survey, which canvassed 755 Aboriginal Victorians. The
report, to be launched today at Congress Lowitja in
Melbourne, says almost every person who took part in the
survey reported experiencing racism in the preceding
12-month period. Lowitja Institute chairperson Pat Anderson
said she was not surprised by the findings.”

* JAN MAYMAN: ON OUR WATCH: THE DEATH OF JOHN PAT

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: On Our Watch: The death of John Pat
http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/on-our-watch-the-death-of-john-pat/
13 Nov 12: “NATIONAL: The death in custody of Aboriginal
teenager John Pat shocked a nation, and journalist JAN
MAYMAN*, who won a Gold Walkley for her reporting on the
case. But what has changed since 1983, she asks. …
John Pat was 16 years old when he died in West Australian
police custody in 1983. His death led to national outrage,
and a long, costly Royal Commission into deaths in custody
that bitterly disappointed many Australians. From October
1987, it spent over three and a half years and $40 million
investigating 99 deaths in custody, 32 of them in WA.”
By Jan Mayman, a white journalist whose life has been
immeasurably enriched by friendships with the original
Australians

* MICHAEL BRULL:
RACISM STAINS NT GOVT ATTEMPTS TO ‘CLEAN UP THE STREETS’

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: Guest Tracker:
Racism stains NT govt attempts to ‘clean up the streets’
http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/guest-tracker-racism-stains-nt-govt-attempts-to-clean-up-the-streets/
13 Nov 12: “NATIONAL: MICHAEL BRULL* evaluates the NT
government’s new position on grog following the findings
of the Kwementyaye Briscoe inquest. In some countries, the
institutionalisation of racism would be controversial. In
a civilised country, where racism was regarded as a bad
thing, one would expect a public outcry. Australia,
however, is a different type of country. We saw this with
the passing of the Intervention for five years, and then
Stronger Futures for a further ten years. And we are now
witnessing it with the latest moves of the Northern
Territory government.” By Michael Brull,
studying a Juris Doctor at UNSW,
published in Tracker, the Indigenous Law Bulletin,
National Times, ABC Drum, Overland

* GREENS RACHEL SIEWERT:
UNITED APPROACH NEEDED TO TACKLE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL ABUSE

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert:
United approach needed to tackle effects of alcohol abuse
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/united-approach-needed-tackle-effects-alcohol-abuse
12 Nov 12: “Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert,
spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
issues, says investment in holistic, community driven
programs is needed to address the alarming impacts of
foteal alcohol spectrum disorder throughout Aboriginal
communities. …
“There is no one answer to reducing the impact of alcohol,
and importantly the issues being raised cannot be
effectively addressed through the top-down action seen in
the Northern Territory.
“Unlike the approaches being taken under the NT
Intervention, we need to start working with communities to
implement a range of measures to reduce the harm being
caused. These must be community owned and driven
initiatives, such as we have seen in Fitzroy Crossing.
[Senator Siewert said] … ”

– Related Event

Event: 16 November 2012: Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT
Grog in the Territory:
Summit on alcohol policy and its impact on
Aboriginal people and communities
Sponsored by:
Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory (APO NT)
APO NT is an alliance comprising:
* the Central Land Council (CLC),
* Northern Land Council (NLC),
* North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA),
* Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS) &
* Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT)
Event details: http://apont.org.au/
APO NT MR: http://apont.org.au/attachments/article/46/121029-Media%20release-CC-Grog%20Summit_Final.pdf

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Last updated: 11 November 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 13 November 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

agendaTracker: Backtracker: The soul of Redfern
http://tracker.org.au/2012/11/backtracker-the-soul-of-redfern/
15 Nov 12: “NATIONAL: The widely publicised dispute about
who wrote Paul Keating’s famous 1992 Redfern speech left
out the Aboriginal contribution, writes BRIAN JOHNSTONE*.
Sol Bellear is a name known to most Aboriginal people in
New South Wales and throughout Australia. Luckily, Sol
occupies a work space only a couple of metres from this
columnist in NSWALC*’s Sydney office. He’s a reassuring
presence; a constant reminder of a man who has spent his
entire adult life seeking to advance the rights and
aspirations of his people.” By Brian Johnstone,
a Walkley and Human Rights award-winning journalist

– Video

SBS World News:
Alternative location sought on Muckaty Station for
nuclear waste dump
Source: Craig Quartermaine, NITV News
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1709387/Alternative-location-sought-on-Muckaty-Station-for
8 Nov 12: “News is starting to surface from yesterday’s
closed meeting on a possible alternative nuclear waste dump
site on Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory. The
Northern Land Council called traditional owners together to
propose an different location to the original site which is
embroiled in a legal fight. The nomination of the first
proposed site on Muckaty Station is being challenged in the
Federal Court. Traditional owner Dianne Stokes says she was
shut out of the meeting, and she’s concerned about plans
for a second site.”

See:

WGAR News:
ABC: NLC in talks on additional nuclear waste dump site
(10 Nov 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/10/wgar-news-pm-gillard-on-the-call-for-treaty-there-will-be-no-bits-of-paper-gerry-georgato

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Women’s needs ignored in battle for self-determination:
Academic
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7622-womens-needs-ignored-in-battle-for-self-determination
14 Nov 12: “A prominent Indigenous law academic says
efforts towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
self-determination must be more inclusive of women’s needs
and rights. Professor Megan Davis gave the annual Narrm
Oration at the University of Melbourne last week. Professor
Davis told the audience the experience of Aboriginal men
and women are often very different and Aboriginal women are
the most marginalised group in Australia.”

ABC: ‘Third World’ remote community housing condemned
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-14/scullion-on-bad-community-housing-red-centre/4371326?section=nt
14 Nov 12: “A Country Liberals senator says the standard of
housing in remote Northern Territory communities would not
be accepted anywhere else in Australia. Senator Nigel
Scullion this week toured several Territory communities in
central Australia, including Papunya, Utopia and
Ampilatwatja. He says a federally funded Indigenous housing
program (SIHIP) has not delivered what it promised and
people are still sharing houses with ten or 12 others. “If
it (SIHIP) intended to reduce the number of people per
house, certainly it hasn’t been enough even to notice,” he
said.”

See:

WGAR News:
Senator Nigel Scullion [Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs]:
Labor bureaucracy fails Indigenous Australians (13 Nov 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/12/wgar-news-council-stops-darug-nation-acknowledgement-sbs-living-black

– News

Australian: Liberals fall in line on ‘act of recognition’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/liberals-fall-in-line-on-act-of-recognition/story-fn9hm1pm-1226516188878
14 Nov 12: “THE Coalition has dropped its hardline
opposition to the Gillard government’s “act of recognition”
bill acknowledging indigenous Australians and will vote
with Labor to avoid a dispute. Tony Abbott wrote to Julia
Gillard in September suggesting they both provide
statements to parliament declaring their support for a
referendum on indigenous recognition in the Constitution
sometime in the next term.”

Koori Mail: Process under attack
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
14 Nov 12: “OPPONENTS of the ongoing intervention in
Northern Territory Aboriginal communities say the
democratic process has failed Aboriginal people. A new
book by the group ‘concerned Australians’ claims the
Federal Government’s consultation process was a sham and
that the laws could fail if tested in the High Court. The
book, A Decision to Discriminate, Aboriginal Disempowerment
in the Northern Territory, was launched in Melbourne last
Wednesday.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
‘Failure to listen’ highlighted in new book
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7617-failure-to-listen-highlighted-in-new-book
13 Nov 12: “The head of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry
says a new book documenting the Federal Government’s
development of the Stronger Futures in the Northern
Territory legislation shows the policies are flawed.
Legislation was passed earlier this year to extend Howard
Government Intervention policies in the Territory,
including welfare quarantining and alcohol management.
Graeme Mundine from the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry told
the CBAA the book, ‘A Decision to Discriminate’, offers
evidence of strong resistance to the policy among
Aboriginal communities.”

See:

WGAR News: Launch of ‘A Decision to Discriminate:
Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory’
(9 Nov 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/09/wgar-news-launch-of-a-decision-to-discriminate-aboriginal-disempowerment-in-the-nt

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