Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said more than 12 thousand indigenous Australians living out-back are making "lifestyles choices" the Australian taxpayer can no longer afford.
The 274 out-stations were set up in the 1960's to encourage indigenous Australians back to their lands.
Just like other communities the state provided water and power, health services and schools. But unlike any other Australian community the Aboriginal ones now face closure.
Reporter Rewa Harriman travelled to the remote communities of Western Australia to meet the people fighting to keep their way of life.