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  • Paul Pureau
    Indianz.Com. In Print. URL http://www.indianz.com/SmokeSignals/Headlines/showfull.asp?ID=intl/612001-2 Taiwan s indigenous making gains JUNE 1, 2001 Poor
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      Taiwan's indigenous making gains
      JUNE 1, 2001

      Poor health, economic, and social conditions plague
      the 390,000 indigenous Taiwanese who have lived on the
      island of
      Taiwan for thousands of years yet continue to face
      prejudice in the media and in everyday society.

      But activists for the nine federally recognized tribes
      are taking cues from Native Americans in the United
      States and
      indigenous people beyond to draw attention to their
      struggle. They have begun to reclaim their culture and
      heritage
      after decades of opression by Communist rule from
      China.

      One of their battles is to regain land taken by the
      government. They received a victory last year when a
      court ruled the
      Taroka Tribe was the rightful owner of land the
      goverment had given to a private company.

      President Chen Shui-bian last year signed a treaty
      with the tribes promising to recognition of their
      sovereignty. The
      goverment is beginning a policy of self-determination
      this year, starting with the Yami Tribe but there is
      opposition to
      how much power the tribes will have.

      In 1996, the government set up a Council of Aboriginal
      Affairs. Eight seats in the 280-member parliament are
      reserved
      for tribal representatives.

      Get the Story:
      The Tale of Taiwan's Aborigines (The Los Angeles Times
      6/1)

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