Yothu Yindi man vows land rights fight will go on

AMOS AIKMAN  |  The Australian

Yothu Yindi member Witiyana Marika, of the Rirratjingu clan group, says the land rights fight will go on. Picture: Michael Franchi

Yothu Yindi member Witiyana Marika, of the Rirratjingu clan group, says the land rights fight will go on. Picture: Michael Franchi

A former band member of Yothu Yindi has vowed to fight on ­despite another defeat for members of his clan in a multi-­million-dollar land rights battle.

Key figures in Arnhem Land’s powerful Rirratjingu clan group have been in dispute for years with the Gumatj clan, the region’s predominant traditional Aboriginal force, and the Northern Land Council.

Those Rirratjingu members say they have lost faith in the council and want a court to make a new decision on rights to country and royalties flowing from it.

Yesterday, the Federal Court, which previously threw out their arguments, rejected an appeal.