Accepted Paper:

Disputation after the Yorta Yorta Native title case  
Yugo Tomonaga (Ryukoku Universiy)

Paper short abstract:

This paper concerns political divisiveness in the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and it clarifies the relationship between the Yorta Yorta and the Bangarong with some stake holders. Consequently, it reveals that the present YYNAC movements occur on the multiple conditions.

Paper long abstract:

This paper concerns political divisiveness in the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and it clarifies the relationship between the Yorta Yorta with some environmental NGOs and academics and the Barmgaong with local government and people through the dispute over the Co-operative Agreement between the YYNAC and the state of Victoria. Consequently, it reveals that the present Yorta Yorta movements do not only occur on the binary situation between the Yorta Yorta and local people and government, but on the multiple conditions due to involvement of the international, national and local environmental NGOs and the intellectuals from the urban area. Moreover, a family group in YYNAC takes collaborative work with local government and people. Thus, the strategies for conducting the movements are transformed in terms of wider or narrow network. In this context, the wider society tends to treat the Yorta Yorta people and the Bangarong people as one of the mere actors who support this civil movement so the movement threatens the Yorta Yorta and the Bangarong to lose their authenticities as Traditional Owner in their country. In preventing the Yorta Yorta and the Bangarong from losing their authenticities as Toraditional Owner and, in conducting their movements in control, they have to seek the way to maintain their indigeneties through their traditional and living knowledge on the forest and river into the Cultural Map. On the other hand, the Bangarong people use the name "Bangarong" to get solid trust from local people as the Traditional Owner in the area.

Panel P29
Fission and collision: disputation over native title boundaries and group membership