Australian tribe granted native title to 46M acres

A federal court in Australia recognized the Ngaanyatjarra tribe's native title to 73,000 square miles, or about 46 million acres, in the western desert.

Native title means the tribe will have hunting rights and natural resource rights on the land. The tribe must be consulted on decisions affecting sacred sites and other cultural locations.

The recognition of native title does not mean the tribe has possession of any lands. The rights of current landowners will be not be affected.

The Ngaanyatjarra case is the largest in Australia's history.

Get the Story:
Aborigines regain desert homeland after 25-year fight (The Telegraph 6/30)
20-year land struggle ends in big title win (The Age 6/30)
Ngaanyatjarra win in native title claim (AAP 6/30)
Huge native title claim is settled (The Australian 6/30)

Relevant Links:
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