Aboriginal Proposes Tribal Culture Alternative Military Service to Preserve the Disappearing Cultures

Aboriginal Proposes Tribal Culture Alternative Military Service to Preserve the Disappearing Cultures

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Under current laws, the servicemen that are distributed to aboriginal tribes are usually not aboriginals, and those who are from the tribes lose the opportunity to service and learn about the tribes. Aboriginal legislator candidate, Mayaw Biho, points out the addition of "tribal culture alternative military service" will give tribes the chance to self-develop and reduce the amount of assistance needed from others.

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This August, aboriginal legislator candidate, Mayaw Biho, said that the current law only gives aboriginals one day off to participate in traditional ceremonies. Many aboriginals have faced the possibility of losing their jobs because of requesting leaves. Mayaw Biho proposed to increase traditional ceremony leave from one day to three and now he proposes that aboriginal youths should return to their tribes for military service.

Last week, Mayaw Biho proposed to the Ministry of the Interior the addition of “tribal culture alternative military service" to give aboriginal youths the chance to participate in the development and passing down of the tribes through doing military service.

Under current laws, the servicemen that are distributed to aboriginal tribes are usually not aboriginals, and those who are from the tribes lose the opportunity to service and learn about the tribes. Mayaw Biho points out the addition of “tribal culture alternative military service" will give tribes the chance to self-develop and reduce the amount of assistance needed from others. The tribes will be able to take care of themselves and be their own masters.

In addition, he also urges the Council of Indigenous People to serve as the managing authority for the proposal, not only in terms of planning but also helping each organization apply for the service they need, such as long-term care, education, ceremonies, agriculture, ecology and so on. Aboriginal servicemen will then be distributed to their own tribes according to these needs. Mayaw Biho suggests the council to design related courses for the young aboriginals to learn more about the culture and language of their people while doing military service.

Mayaw Biho also emphasizes that there are around five thousand aboriginal servicemen each year and nearly half of them grew up in the city. These young men seldom have the chance to get in contact with their tribes and receive little education regarding aboriginals. The idea of the tribal culture alternative military service will serve as a mean to help these aboriginal youths learn more about their tribes and what significance their identity holds.

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Translated by Olivia Yang

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