Reservation-mining policy still a puzzle


Six months after 29 illegal diamond miners were massacred on an Indian reservation in the Brazilian Amazon, the Brazilian government is boosting reservation security but still debating how Indian policy should be changed to address the root causes of such violence. The thorniest issue in the policy debate concerns how to regulate mining on Indian reservations, which under Brazilian law is ostensibly banned to everyone but reservation residents themselves. Experts say the outcome could affect not only the rights and economic welfare of Indian communities, but also environmental protection of the Brazilian Amazon. Prompting the attention is continuing concern about the killings on the Roosevelt Reservation, a 6.7-million-acre (2.7-million-ha) tract 270 miles (435 kms) southeast of Porto Velho in the western... [Log in to read more]

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