The village was established by the Australian government in 1948, without the consent of the people who would inhabit it. The native affairs branch of the federal government, concerned about overcrowding and drought in Yuendumu, forcibly removed 550 people to what would become Lajamanu. At least twice, the group walked all the way back to Yuendumu, only to be retransported when they arrived.
What the article doesn't mention is the distance: some 400 kilometers (250 miles).
This kind of thing makes me wish I was a novelist. I think there's an amazing story to be told about what happened here.
Do you ever get ideas for books from little things like this?