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Yahani Isagagafat 尤哈尼-尹斯卡卡夫特

*Chairman of the Council of Aboriginal Affairs
*Currently, chief of general affairs at the Yushan College of Theology and a Presbyterian missionary

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■ Yahani Isagagafat (尤哈尼-尹斯卡卡夫特) also known as Song Kuo-hsien (松國賢) -- a long time activist for Aboriginal rights -- has been appointed as the chairman of the Council of Aboriginal Affairs.

Born in 1953 in Nantou County, he is currently the chief of general affairs at the Yushan College of Theology (玉山神學院) and a Presbyterian missionary.

Song has been closely involved with Taiwan's democratic movement for over 20 years, and participated in the Kaohsiung Incident in 1979. Song previously ran for the office of DPP legislator.

He has represented Taiwan overseas, attending the UN's Aboriginal rights conference over the last six years and has been a long-time activist for the "return our land (還我土地)" movement.

Song said: "Taiwan's Aboriginal rights and related policies are extremely out of date." He says that he aims to return his people's resources to them when he takes over the council.

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