August 29, 1995 |
On the southeastern side of Brazil's Amazon rain forest, the Kayapo Indians struck it rich. Or at least some of them did. Men who had once painted their faces and hunted naked in the jungle were living in town, sporting designer jeans and sunglasses, driving new pickups, hiring pilots for their private planes. It was easy money, millions of dollars.
May 12, 1995 |
When the reports dribbled into his office here last week, Benigno Pessoa Marques, an area superintendent for Indian affairs, knew they spelled trouble, possibly murderous trouble. About 100 loggers and their families had invaded the Arara Indian reservation deep in the Amazon forest 300 miles southwest of this northern city. Such incidents are familiar to Americans mostly from old Western movies, but they occur often in modern-day Brazil.
April 1, 1988
Fifteen Brazilian Indians, including six children, were slain by a gang of timber thieves in a remote Amazon border region, a survivor said. The survivor, an Indian named Santo, said the massacre occurred earlier this week in the Indian area of Sao Leopoldo near the border with Colombia. An official of the Indigenous Missionary Council, linked to the Roman Catholic Church, confirmed the number of deaths and said that 21 others were injured.
June 8, 1998 |
Federal Indian agents said they have discovered a tribe of hunters living in near-inaccessible reaches of the Amazon rain forest. "We ran into them by accident," said Sydney Possuelo, who heads the Federal Indian Bureau's Department of Isolated Indians. He first encountered the tribe's dozen huts two months ago while flying over Acre state, near Brazil's western border with Peru. Very little is known about the tribe's 200 members.
January 10, 1990 |
Thousands of gold prospectors agreed to leave the Amazon lands of the Yanomami tribe, the Brazilian justice minister said. Under the agreement, the 40,000 diggers will be transferred, along with their equipment, to three other areas of Roraima state. Human rights groups say that half of the 7,000 Yanomami in the region are sick with malaria, a disease brought by the prospectors, and hundreds have died.
October 29, 1988 |
Two Brazilian Indian leaders, on trial for speaking in the United States against dam projects that would flood tribal lands in Brazil, said Friday that they are mobilizing thousands of other Amazon Indians in a protest campaign. "We are going to continue our struggle," said Paulinho Paiakan, a Kaiapo chieftain. "We are not going to let them build those dams." Speaking at a Rio press conference, Paiakan vowed that if work starts on the planned dams, Indians will occupy the construction camps.