Blacktown Council stops recognition of Darug peoples as traditional owners
Blacktown Council has stopped recognising the Darug tribe as the traditional owners of Blacktown.
The move comes amid accusations those recognised as Darug elders were committing "ethnic fraud" and had no legitimate claim to being descendants of Blacktown's Aborigines.
Darug Tribal Corporation (DTC) secretary Aunty Sandra Lee said she was given no warning of the decision at last week's extraordinary meeting to suspend the council's indigenous policy and had been left "stunned".
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