This is the second interview that the Paper Tracker has recorded with Mike Last.
Mike has worked with Anangu communities for more than 40 years – from the last years of the Ernabella Mission until today.
He talks about the time, back in the 1970s, when Anangu communities first began to come together to make decisions at a regional level.
Mike also talks about why Anangu decided to set up a Pitjantjatjara Council Executive Group and the way this small group of Anangu worked and what it could and couldn’t do.
He goes on to talk about how, in 1981, Anangu won the freehold title to the APY Lands, and describes “an Anangu form of government that became visible” during the Land Rights years. Under the Lands Rights Act, a new organization was formed to hold the title and look after the Lands. Umuwa was then established as the administrative centre of the Lands.