Aboriginal anger over bypass 'false hope'
Tasmania's aboriginal community is accusing the State Government of giving it false hope about alternative routes for the controversial Brighton bypass.
Late last month the Government released an engineer's report detailing eight alternative routes for the bypass.
The Indigenous community has said it was willing to compromise and accept the alternatives, in order to protect Aboriginal artefacts on the Jordan River levee site dating back 42,000 years.
But the Government released a statement yesterday saying alternatives were not practical and would have a significant impact on railway operations.
The Aboriginal Centre's Michael Mansell is outraged.
There are many things we might have learned from the Native Americans in those early days of our invasion of their territory if we had listened. There was, for instance, a treaty jointly signed by the Lenni Lenape (or Delaware Indians as the white man called them) and the Iroquois.
"The 'woman' shall not go to war but endeavor to keep peace with all..."
"The 'man" shall then hear and obey the 'woman.'"
At that time the Delaware Indians were designated the 'woman' tribe.
The curious peace treaty is recorded by an early resident in Pennsylvania, Bishop George Henry Loskiel who lived from 1740 to 1814.
For Raimunda Gomes da Silva, the impending construction of a huge hydroelectric dam here in the Amazon is painful déjà vu.
About 25 years ago, the building of another dam more than 200 miles east of here flooded her property, driving a plague of poisonous snakes, insects and jaguars onto her land, she said, before submerging it completely.
The squad of North West Mounted Police (NWMP) sat nervously around their campfire, while an edgy, rifle-carrying civilian sentry peered over the stockade walls and a fretting quartermaster anxiously calculated if they would be able to survive a long siege.
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