To understand the aspirations and tensions of Aboriginal nationalism, one must recognize that Aboriginal people are a nation trapped within a nation-a minority group without genuine representation or recognition-and that the continued impact of invasion and dispossession ensures that colonial oppression has not been lifted. There is no real indigenous governing body, no council of elders, and no recognition in law of prior Aboriginal sovereignty. Knowledge that continues to be revealed from the past, particularly instances from the 1920s' Aboriginal political movement, can be a platform for the future-challenging the encouraged divisions and factions within the wider Aboriginal community by promoting the rights of a united people. Only when indigenous people acknowledge the legacy of the past can they truly become "one voice."
Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview, Volume 4 p. 1843-1854