Zibeon Fielding of Mimili in the APY Lands was part of a group of twelve Indigenous men and women, members of the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP), who ran the 2016 New York Marathon. Prior to the founding of the IMP, no Indigenous man or woman had completed any major international marathon. Today Australia has 65 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander international marathoners.
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Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has paid tribute to Dr Gumana AO, who passed away in Arnhem Land earlier this week.
“Dr Gumana was a senior Yolngu man and leader of the Dhalwangu clan whose many achievements spanned decades across arts, culture and Indigenous rights,” Minister Scullion said.
“He led an extraordinary life, advocating passionately for the advancement of Aboriginal people through land rights and the homelands movement.
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