Apache struggle gains results PDF Print E-mail

Robby Romero from the Apache nation with Hadassah Schembri from Gallang Place, Brisbane.
Robby Romero from the Apache nation with Hadassah Schembri from Gallang Place, Brisbane.
ROBBY Romero from Thos, New Mexico is a member of the Apache nation and representative for the Native Children's Survival Committee. He spoke in Sydney of the uphill battle being faced by his people to convince Government of the basic rights of indigenous people in their own lands.

"It is just recently that a lot of our ceremonial and religious processes have been actually tolerated by the United States Government, because for so long, up until the 70s, our ceremonies have been outlawed. People were forbidden to speak their language. The Government has felt very threatened by the grass-roots movements in Indian countries to bring back our ceremonial, religious and cultural pride and integrity."

Mr Romero said that despite lack of support from the Government, the teaching programs continue to expand and the Apache language grows in strength.

"We're now starting to see the benefits of that movement.There has in the last few years been a definite turn for the better:'