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Aboriginal Elder Ned Cheedy, a Yindjibarndi man who worked to preserve the law and culture of his people in the Pilbara of Western Australia (WA), has passed away aged 105.
Born in 1907 at Hooley Station in the Pilbara, Mr Cheedy worked as a stockman and windmill man before relocating to Roebourne Reserve, where he worked to preserve the law and culture of his Yindjibarndi people, educating young people about the country and importance of education. From there he became a lay preacher at the Pilbara Aboriginal Church, and travelled across WA helping families affected by alcoholism.
In 2011 Mr Cheedy was awarded the prestigious National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to caring for Yindjibarndi law, culture, language and the future of his people. Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has also paid tribute to Mr Cheedy, calling him a remarkable Australian who helped improve the lives of Aboriginal people in his Yindjibarndi homeland and beyond.
The Hon Jenny Macklin MP
Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Canberra ACT 2600