Indigenous art takes well-deserved pride of place on the world stage

In 1971, Geoffrey Bardon took up a posting at a primary school in Papunya, 250 kilometres west of Alice Springs. An art teacher by profession, he encouraged the town’s men to paint their traditional dreamings, beginning a contemporary Indigenous art movement that has spread to many parts of Australia. It has now made a splash on New York’s art auction scene for the first time, a well deserved but long-time coming event.

Australia governments urged to stamp out enslavement and exploitation of Aboriginal artists

More than 21 Aboriginal art centres, galleries and high-profile individuals have written to federal, state and territory governments. More than 21 Aboriginal art centres, leading galleries and high-profile individuals have written to the federal, state and territory governments pleading for action to stamp out “carpetbagging” – unethical art dealing and the exploitation of vulnerable Aboriginal artists – in central Australia.

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Gun Lake Tribe Shares $9.6M with Michigan and Local Governments Amidst $100M Casino Expansion

The Gun Lake Tribe has shared more than $136 million with state and local governments, including more than $91 million with the State of Michigan, since Gun Lake Casino opened in February 2011. Most recently, the Gun Lake Tribe announced its fall revenue sharing payments of more than $5.6 million to Michigan, nearly $2.4 million to the local revenue sharing board, and $1.68 million to GLIMI, an economic development entity. The figures are calculated from electronic gaming revenues reported from April 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019.