Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta

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The Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta is a council of Senior Aboriginal Women from Coober Pedy, South Australia.[1][2] They protest against Government plans to dump radioactive waste in their land, and for the protection of their land and culture.

The council was formed in 1995 by Eileen Kampakuta Brown, Eileen Wani Wingfield and other Aboriginal elders. The elders come from the Arabana, Kothaka, Yankunytjatjara and Antikarinya peoples.[3] 'Kupa Piti' is the Indigenous name for Coober Pedy; 'kunga tjuta' means 'many woman' in the Western Desert language.[4]

Brown and Wingfield were awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2003 for their efforts.[5]

In August 2004 the Australian government abandoned its plans for the nuclear waste dump, after a court decision.[2]


  1. ^ "Irati Wanti. the poison – leave it!" irati wanti (Retrieved on 30 December 2007)
  2. ^ a b "Aboriginal women win battle against australian government" Archived 11 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine Friends of the Earth International (Retrieved on 30 December 2007)
  3. ^ Wilson, Irene (2018). Indigenous Peoples as Subjects of International Law. Abingdon and New York: Routledge. p. 106.
  4. ^ Tracey Banivanua-Mar; Penelope Edmonds, eds. (2010). Making settler colonial space : perspectives on race, place and identity. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230221796. OCLC 903282272.
  5. ^ Eileen Kampakuta Brown & Eileen Wani Wingfield Archived 4 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine The Goldman Environmental Prize – Islands & Island Nations 2003 (Retrieved on 30 December 2007)

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