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Northern Land Council congratulates Alan Young Najukpayi, OAM

The NLC congratulates Mr Young Najukpayi from Yarralin following the news that he has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM).

Jan 26, 2022

Northern Land Council: we need water management systems for this century, not the last one

The NLC calls on the NT government to bring its water management system into the 21st century and in line with its commitments to Aboriginal Territorians.

Jan 21, 2022

Read the latest Land Rights News - Northern Edition

Australia's oldest Aboriginal newspaper, telling stories from remote Aboriginal lands across the Northern Territory.

Dec 16, 2021

Our Council

The NLC’s Full Council is the major decision-making body within the organisation. Full Council consists of 78 members, as well as five co-opted women’s positions, elected from across the NLC’s seven regions.

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Our Work

The most important responsibility of the NLC is to consult with traditional landowners and other Aboriginal peoples with an interest in affected land. Landowners must give informed consent before any action is taken to affect their lands and seas.

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Our Rangers

The NLC’s Caring for Country branch hosts 13 Indigenous ranger groups. The groups operate across almost 200,000 square kilometres of land owned by Aboriginal people in the NLC’s region.

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Our History

The NLC traces its roots back to the Aboriginal struggle for justice and land rights. In 1973 the Woodward Commission of Inquiry into the appropriate way to recognise Aboriginal land rights in the NT was announced. The NLC was formed in the same year to assist with the work of the Commission.

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