The Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority (NRA) has become the first such organisation to be officially recognised by the state government as representative of the Murraylands’ Aboriginal people.
The signing of an Aboriginal regional authority agreement by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Kyam Maher and NRA chair Eunice Aston on Saturday formalised a relationship that, in practice, had already existed since at least 2009.
Mr Maher described the Ngarrindjeri as pioneers of Aboriginal nation-building.
He said the government was committed to listening to Aboriginal communities and working collaboratively with them.
The agreement will form an important part of the legal groundwork for a treaty between the Ngarrindjeri and state government.
Negotiations began in December and were scheduled to conclude this year.