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Native title win for Kimberley claimants

AAP logoAAP 25/10/2016

An indigenous group has won a native title claim for an 184 square-kilometre area near Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia's Kimberley region.

Another claim for a 2212 sq km area that forms part of the application has not been determined, and it is expected it will be withdrawn and replaced with an application from a wider claim group.

"The court congratulates the Yarrangi Riwi Yoowarni Gooniyandi claimants," Federal Court of Australia Justice Michael Barker said on Tuesday.

"Gooniyandi country is that on to which the Gooniyandi language has been inscribed by the travels of ancestral beings during the creative epoch they call Ngarranggarni ... the law for Gooniyandi people that encompasses all aspects of their lives.

"The determination is recognition by Australian law of enduring traditional laws and customs over the determination area which have their origins prior to the proclamation of Western Australia in 1829."

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