In 2008 more that 200 mainly Warlpiri residents of the small town of Yuendumu, 300 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs in the heartland of the Tanami Desert, presented then Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin with a petition protesting at the treatment of them and their community under the Federal Government’s NT Intervention.
Thanks to long-term Yuendumu resident Frank Baarda for reminding me of this important document earlier today when he sent through one of his occasional Musical Dispatches from the Front, the latest of which you can see re-produced with Frank’s kind permission here.
Kumanjayi Macklin, Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Marion Scrymgour, Deputy Chief Minister for the N.T.
Kumanjayi Rudd, Prime Minister
28 October 2008
Yapa-patu nganimpa, Yurnturmu wardingki karnalu nyarra wangkami nyampu statement purdanyajaku manu yungurnkurlu pina kanyi Federal manu N.T. Government kirra.
Ngula pala Kumanjayi Howard manu Mal Brough-irli waja-waja manu nyinanja kurlangu, ngulaju-rnalu wardinyi-jarrija. Jalangu jalangurlu ngulaju yangka piya-jala kanparlu nganpa kanyi, karlapirli Kumanjayi manu Brough kurIangu policiyiji, manu karlipa miyalu ngawu jarrimi rdungku-rdunku jarrimi manu junta nganayi-mani kangalpa nyiya.
Supporti-ki karlipa wangkami, tala manu nyiya kanti-kanti yungungurlu ngalpa yinyi nyampurla ngurungka.
Nyampurla Yurntumu-rla panu karlipa madarni nyiya-ningki-jarra ngula karliparla yulkami. Madarni karlipa jana Mt Theo program, kurdu kurdu kurlangu, Warlpiri-rli ngulpa karlipa jana tiji-mani, PAW, Mampumaninja-Kurlangu jarlu patu ku, WarlukurIangu arts centre, manu yangka ngula kalu jana mardarni wiri-wiri-rli kurdu-kurdu.