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               This article is from the Taipei Times and is reprinted with their permission. This is an OK newspaper though it's got it's pro-corporate bias so there is nothing too radical. However it does carry some good articles on Taiwan Aborigines once in a while. Do a search of their archieves using the word "Aboriginal" to get an updated list of stories.

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              Title: Aborigines claim discrimination

               Published: Oct. 28, 1999
               Source: Taipei Times

                Nearly 400 protesters from the "Taiwan
                 Aborigines Sept. 21 Earthquake Self-help
                 Coalition yesterday gathered at Chiang
               Kai-shek Memorial Hall to protest against the
               government's emergency relief policies,
               which they claimed discriminate against

               Following a protest on Tuesday accusing Vice
               President Lien Chan of being indifferent to the
               plight in the Aboriginal villagers, protesters
               went on demonstrating, saying that Aborigines
               felt like orphans as a result of unfair relief

               After they were received by officials of the
               Council of Aboriginal Affairs, the crowd
               dispersed with a demand to speak with
               Premier Vincent Siew next Friday about his
               relief programs for the Aborigines.

               Participants of the protest include Aboriginal
               villagers from Hoping village in Taichung
               County, Jenai village and Hsinyi village in
               Nantou County and a group of urban
               Aborigines dwelling in central Taiwan.

               Led by Aboriginal preacher Wang Chung-hsin,
               Taichung County councilor Lin Jungching and
               Nantou County councilor Yukan Nafu, the
               Coalition was organized with help from the
               activist group Aboriginal Rights Association
               and the Labor Rights Association. Among their
               10 demands, an NT$10 billion (US$312.5
               million) fund to provide loans specifically for
               Aborigines was emphasized.

               Traffic difficulties, potential mudslides,
               agricultural damage and unemployment are
               still the main complaints, said Yukan Nafu from
               Tayal tribe, one of the organizers.

               New problems also have emerged among
               Aboriginal students. As several elementary
               schools in mountain areas have not resumed
               teaching, students have had to transfer to
               schools in towns.

               "But here we were discriminated against by
               non-Aborigines," said an Amis student.

               Existing policies are divided between different
               government organizations, which means that
               Aborigines have to file application forms to
               many agencies to have their requests dealt
               with, and their needs are often neglected.

               "There should be a single cross-departmental
               organization to deal with Aboriginal relief
               measures," Nafu said.

               The Council of Aboriginal Affairs under the
              Executive Yuan is much too low level to
               integrate all the relief measures concerning
               Aboriginal affairs, he said.

               Protesters had planed to march along the
               Kategalan Boulevard in front of the
               presidential office, but they were blocked by a
               heavy police presence. Instead, 12 delegates
               went to the presidential office to present their
               plea. But their demands were received by
               what they considered a low-level official,
               Fan-chiang Chun-shen, the director of public
               relations office.

               Under pressure from the crowd, delegates
               then went to negotiate with the Council of the
               Aboriginal Affairs. But Hua Chia-chi, chairman
               of the council, said most of the problems had
               been dealt with.

               He said the council had four stations set up
               specifically for Aborigines and the cabinet
               level Post-disaster Reconstruction
               Commission had also formed a task force for
               Aboriginal affairs.

               "The council prepared an NT$100 million fund
               for Aborigines who could not present
               collateral when applying for a loan, Hua said.

               According to Hua, the main problem was that
               Aboriginal-related relief policies were not
               sufficiently publicized and explained. "We are
               putting more effort into this," said Hua.

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