Pilbara’s Indigenous people win cultural rights in iron ore heartland
"A 15-year native title battle in Western Australia has ended with the federal court recognising the cultural rights of the Indigenous population to land they describe as the "engine room" of iron ore operations.
The Banjima people of the central Pilbara first made the native title claim over about 10,200 sq km of land in 1998 but were unable to reach an agreement with the government of Western Australia. The land takes in areas near the Karijini national park. Banjima country currently extends between Newman and Tom Price.
The new area in which the federal court has recognised cultural rights includes BHP’s Pilbara iron ore operations as well as project areas for Rio Tinto, Hancock Prospecting and Fortescue Metals Group. (…)”
(The Guardian - 29/08/2013)