Interesting. A very similar thing has happened here in far north Queensland when aboriginal people realised that greenies liked trees more than people, and were quite prepared to stab them in the back by doing deals with the Labor government over the so-called wild rivers legislation.
Effectively, Labor put its political interests, ie its need for green voting preferences, ahead of the needs and rights of indigenous people.
The Wilderness Society was happy to tolerate aborigines in its precious wilderness as long as they stayed poor and didn't get in the way.
It was almost worth it to see aboriginal people protesting outside a Wilderness Society function in urban Brisbane full of the usual white inner-city living upper-middle class suspects. You know, your typical Greens voter
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The leader of the country's largest Indian reservation threw his support behind the neighboring Hopi Tribe, whose lawmakers declared environmental groups unwelcome on the reservation.Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. and Hopi lawmakers say environmentalists' efforts could hurt the tribes' struggling economies by slowing or stopping coal mining.Shirley said Wednesday that he will stand in solidarity with the Hopi Tribe, and joined Hopi lawmakers in encouraging other tribes to re-evaluate their relationships with environmentalists.