Thirty years ago Nitmiluk National Park, previously called Katherine Gorge National Park, was handed back to its traditional owners, the Jawoyn people. At the time elders faced “racist threats” and intimidation as local residents in the town of Katherine feared the park and its gorge — a tourist attraction that was growing in popularity — would be taken away, despite the Jawoyn’s reassurances the area would remain a national park if it became Aboriginal owned.
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