Settlers ordered out of Brazilian reserve


As expected, Brazil’s Supreme Court last month ordered the removal of white settlers from one of the biggest indigenous reserves in the Amazon, a vast swath of rainforest larger than the U.S. state of Connecticut. The high court also issued 19 land-use conditions that will apply to all indigenous reserves. The most controversial of these prohibits the expansion of demarcated reserves, thus making it hard for a tribe to sustain itself as it grows in size and needs more land to feed its members, green groups say. The court, in a 10-to-1 decision, ruled that some 500 families of white settlers—six large rice-farmers and 23 cattle ranchers and their employees—had to leave the 4.2-million-acre (1.7-million-ha... [Log in to read more]

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