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Happy 25th birthday to us! Koori Mail celebrates 25 years

May 23 marks 25 years since the Koori Mail printed our very first edition, on May 23, 1991. We are excited to be celebrating this wonderful milestone, as Australia’s only fortnightly national Indigenous newspaper. The Koori Mail will be printing an anniversary edition on Wednesday, June 15 and will feature some highlights from those who have played a part in our success. To advertise in this edition or to receive your copy, details for advertising and subscribing are here on our website or you can phone 02 66 222 666. To our communities who contribute great news stories or seek our assistance to cover stories when their voices need to be heard, thank you for sharing your yarns with us. To our readers, our subscribers and advertisers, with your ongoing support we continue to print a publication that is 100% Aboriginal-owned and 100% self-funded. Thank you, here’s to 25 years of being the voice of Indigenous Australia!

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Miss NAIDOC Perth crowning ceremony May 28

Miss NAIDOC Perth 2016 entrants.
Miss NAIDOC Perth 2016 entrants.
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 10:41 am

A group of 21 Indigenous women in Perth have undertaken six weeks of mentoring as part of Miss NAIDOC Perth, a leadership and empowerment program. This year’s participants are Talisha Bartlett, Angel Hayward, Savannah Skeen, Savannah Travia-Dann, Marion Slater, Talisia Bourne, Katrina Kelly, Shelley Cable, Renae King, Madalyn Mate`-Fisk, Rachel Tolentino, Shaylee Cole, Kristina Clark, Danielle Kickett, Ebony Garlett, Keneasha Lindsay, Tallulah Bieundurry, Courtney Eades, Allira Bolton, Emma Garlett and Brooke Blurton.

Ellebana Tyson wins Kennedy scholarship

Kennedy Foundation chair Peter Kogoy, Professor Michael McDaniel, Ellabana Tyson and Paradigm Resources' Andrew Mayo.
Kennedy Foundation chair Peter Kogoy, Professor Michael McDaniel, Ellabana Tyson and Paradigm Resources' Andrew Mayo.
Friday, 13 May 2016 10:34 am

QUANDAMOOKA (North Stradbroke Island) woman Ellebana Tyson has been named as the inaugural recipient of a three-year $22,500 scholarship for Indigenous students that honours the late Les Kennedy. Kennedy Foundation chairman Peter Kogoy said the Les Kennedy Scholarship aims to help support an Indigenous student from regional NSW studying journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. Ms Tyson said the scholarship would help her realise her aim of becoming a journalist.

World’s oldest stone axe found in the Kimberley

Tim Maloney and Professor Sue O'Connor with axe examples.
Tim Maloney and Professor Sue O'Connor with axe examples.
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 8:59 am

THE world’s oldest axe has been found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, prompting archeologists to suggest that Aboriginal people invented the stone tool. Australian National University archeologist Professor Sue O’Connor said the axe dates back between 46,000 and 49,000 years, around the time people first arrived on the continent. “This is the earliest evidence of hafted (with a handle attached) axes in the world,” she said. “Nowhere else in the world do you get axes at this date.”

Zach takes out NSW drop knee title

Zach Armytage in action in the final of the men's drop knee division.  Picture: Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW
Zach Armytage in action in the final of the men's drop knee division. Picture: Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW
Tuesday, 10 May 2016 3:43 pm

WOMBARRA (NSW south coast) bodyboarder Zachary Armytage has won the NSW drop knee title for the second year running. Armytage saved his best to last – surviving a loss to Matt Sullivan in an earlier round – but good enough to bypass the repecharge rounds. The titles were held at Kiama. Armytage peaked at the right time, winning from Coffs Harbour pair Sullivan and Mitchell Ashcroft and Matthew Mytka (Banksia).

Mailman wins Silver Logie for Redfern Now

Deborah Mailman with her Silver Logie.
Deborah Mailman with her Silver Logie.
Monday, 9 May 2016 5:00 pm

DEBORAH Mailman has won the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress for her role in Redfern Now. Ms Mailman paid tribute to Aboriginal composer, musician and performer David Page, who passed away recently. “I just want to dedicate this award tonight to a beautiful soul, a creative force and a darling friend and brother to many of us in the community, David Page,” she said. Blackfella Films, the company that created Redfern Now, also picked up the award for Most Outstanding Children’s Program, for abc3 program Ready For This, which centred on stories about Indigenous teenagers.

Dodson sworn in as Senator for WA

Pat Dodson is sworn in to the Senate.
Pat Dodson is sworn in to the Senate.
Wednesday, 4 May 2016 10:15 am

YAWURU man Patrick Dodson, from Broome, has been sworn in as a Labor Senator for Western Australia, filling in the casual vacancy caused by the resignation of Joe Bullock. Senator Dodson said he was deeply honoured to take his place in the Senate. “Time is short before the likely election but I am committed to representing the Australian Labor Party in the forthcoming national campaign,” he said.

Lalor and Pattison re-sign with Cricket NSW

Josh Lalor and Jonte Pattison.
Josh Lalor and Jonte Pattison.
Thursday, 28 April 2016 3:11 pm

LEFT-arm fast bowler Josh Lalor has had his Cricket NSW contract renewed while leg-spinner Jonte Pattison has had his rookie contract renewed with the Blues. Pattison and Lalor were in the Cricket Australia XI that played against India in a warm-up match in Adelaide last year. Pattison has played under-19 cricket for Australia and was a development rookie with the Sydney Thunder Big Bash League team. He has played Imparja Cup cricket (now National Indigenous Cricket Championsip) for NSW at the annual Alice Springs carnival.

Koori Knockout will be in Leichhardt

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The Newcastle Yowies’ Caitlin Moran on the attack against Kempsey in a women’s semi-final at last year’s NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout carnival at Dubbo.  Picture: Naomi Moran
Caption The Newcastle Yowies’ Caitlin Moran on the attack against Kempsey in a women’s semi-final at last year’s NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout carnival at Dubbo. Picture: Naomi Moran
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 8:40 am

THIS year’s NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout carnival will be hosted by the Redfern All Blacks in Leichhardt. Last night Leichhardt Council voted unanimously to accept the Knockout, which will be staged over five ovals, and Councillors said they were “privileged to host the event” in their shire.

Koorie Youth Summit discusses big ideas

Douglas Briggs and Adam Goodes at the Koorie Youth Summit.
Douglas Briggs and Adam Goodes at the Koorie Youth Summit.
Friday, 22 April 2016 2:42 pm

NEARLY 200 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians gathered at the Koorie Youth Summit for two days this week to connect, discuss health and wellbeing and help shape state policy on Aboriginal affairs. The summit was a chance for young Koories to connect with each other, celebrate their culture, and generate ideas to create change. AFL champion Adam Goodes headlined the summit with a question and answer session, covering his playing career and how his pride in his Aboriginality has equipped him with the strength take on challenges.

Giles supports tourists climbing Uluru

April 21, Uluru
Thursday, 21 April 2016 4:41 pm

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles, a Kamilaroi man, has sparked controversy by supporting tourists climbing Uluru, which is against the wishes of Anangu traditional owners. Anangu people have consistently asked tourists not to climb Uluru, even writing to Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt requesting a ban. Mr Giles told the NT Parliament it was worth exploring a climb with “stringent safety conditions and rules enforcing spiritual respect that will be endorsed, supported and even managed by the local Aboriginal community”.